Originally published August 1, 2011 at 8:47 PM | Page modified August 2, 2011 at 12:46 AM

Ben Roethlisberger agrees to restructure his contract | NFL

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has agreed to restructure his contract to help the defending AFC champions get under the $120.4 million salary cap.

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is doing his part to help the Pittsburgh Steelers get under the salary cap.

The 29-year-old quarterback has agreed to restructure his contract to help the defending AFC champions get under the $120.4 million cap.

Ryan Tollner, Roethlisberger's agent, said the team approached the two-time Super Bowl winner about the deal, but added it would not affect the length or the money involved in the eight-year, $102 million contract the quarterback signed in 2008.

"We've reviewed it and agreed to it," Tollner said Monday.

The Steelers entered training camp about $10 million over the salary cap and last week released veterans Max Starks, Flozell Adams and Antwaan Randle El to shed payroll.

Director of football operations Kevin Colbert said Saturday the team wouldn't rule out other personnel moves to shave payroll.

Roethlisberger could be joined by several teammates in restructuring their deals so the Steelers can keep intact the core that led them to the Super Bowl.

Taylor returns

to Dolphins

MIAMI — At the start of a news conference hailing Jason Taylor's return to Miami, he introduced himself as a third-round pick from Akron — which he was in 1997.

Fourteen years later, Taylor seeks more sacks and his first Super Bowl ring. The league's active career sacks leader, who became a free agent when the New York Jets released him in March, signed to rejoin the Dolphins.

"This is home," said Taylor, 36. "It fits. It's easy."

Taylor hoped for an offer to remain in Miami last season, but clashed with Dolphins football czar Bill Parcells and signed instead with their biggest rival, the Jets. Parcells' departure last season made Taylor's return possible.

"We can address the elephant in the room," Taylor said. "Do I honestly think I'd be here if Bill was here? No."


• Arizona general manager Rod Graves said the team is eager to sign standout receiver Larry Fitzgerald, 27, to a new contract.

"We want Larry to end his career as an Arizona Cardinal," Graves said, "and we are prepared to make him the highest-paid player in team history and one of the highest-paid players in the NFL."

• Players signing long-term deals to stay with their teams included Oakland Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley (five years, $48 million); Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (four years, $32 million) and New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (four years, $18 million).

• The San Diego Chargers placed tight end Antonio Gates on the physically-unable-to-perform list, which allows him to do rehab work and take part in team meetings but not practice.

Gates has plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

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