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By Scott Brown
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
 

Two of the Steelers' highest-paid players are apparently willing to help the team with the salary cap.

The agents for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and outside linebacker James Harrison said their clients are agreeable to restructuring their contracts before the start of the NFL's new year. Teams have to be under the 2012 salary cap by 4 p.m. March 13.

The Steelers don't expect the ceiling to increase much from the $120.375 million that clubs were allowed to spend on player salaries in 2011. They entered the offseason roughly $25 million over the salary cap.

The Steelers have trimmed a little more than $14 million off that number by restructuring the contracts of linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons, and cornerback Ike Taylor.

They saved another $3.5 million by releasing cornerback Bryant McFadden and wide receiver Arnaz Battle.

"Certainly we'd be very willing to help," said Bill Parise, who represents Harrison.

Harrison signed a six-year, $51.175 million contract in 2009. Roethlisberger signed an eight-year, $102 million deal in 2008. Both players restructured their contracts last year to help the Steelers manage the salary cap.

The Steelers' 51 highest player salaries count toward the salary cap during the offseason. The Steelers also must create enough room to sign free agents as well as the players they draft in late April.

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