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Insider Only Steelers Notes: Ben, Harrison restructure deals; Dixon signs existing round tender

Mid-Day Steelers Notes

— The Pittsburgh Steelers are working on restructuring the deals of 3-to-5 veterans and two are finalized.
The Post-Gazette reports that Ben Roethlisberger has agreed to restructure his deal and Bill Parise, the agent for James Harrison has confirmed to us that James has agreed to a restructure today.
Roethlisberger was due to make $11.4 million. Harrison was due $3.66 million and a $900,000 roster bonus on the first day of the league year.

The Steelers are still working on at least a few other restructures. Hines Ward and Casey Hampton were two players the team has been talking to. Aaron Smith who is due to make $4.5 million, said last week he was open to the possibility.
Hampton has a $6.076 million cap hit.
The Steelers feel they won’t have to cut anymore players for salary cap reasons. The team though continues to explore the free agent market, if the right fit comes around.
— Quarterback Dennis Dixon has signed his existing round tender and will be in camp tomorrow or Thursday. He can’t practice until Thursday. Dixon’s camp is still hopeful for a possible trade but he did not draw much interest this past week.
The Steelers do not intend to have an open competition for the No. 2 quarterback job. That job belongs to Byron Leftwich. Dixon figures to be the No. 3 quarterback over Charlie Batch, if he’s on the roster for the start of camp.

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