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08:02 AM ET 02.15 | With so much talk about drama unfolding in Pittsburgh, this would suffice as a welcome, team-first approach. 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.

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February 15, 2012  08:09 AM ET

They should have a ticket price cap. Or a lobbying-the-legislature-for-a-new-taxpayer-funded-stadium cap.

And they could save a lot of money by using less cloth in the cheerleader costumes, too.

February 15, 2012  08:13 AM ET

Way over the cap, there...

February 15, 2012  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They should have a ticket price cap. Or a lobbying-the-legislature-for-a-new-taxpayer-funded-stadium cap.And they could save a lot of money by using less cloth in the cheerleader costumes, too.

I think they're one of the few NFL teams that don't have cheerleaders.

February 15, 2012  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They should have a ticket price cap. Or a lobbying-the-legislature-for-a-new-taxpayer-funded-stadium cap.And they could save a lot of money by using less cloth in the cheerleader costumes, too.

And a cap on the nfl.com gameday packages would be OK

February 15, 2012  08:16 AM ET

The Steelers seem to have hit a bad trifecta: old, injured, and over the cap. They may be the most interesting team to watch during the off-season, to see how they navigate out of this.

February 15, 2012  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think they're one of the few NFL teams that don't have cheerleaders.

Can you imagine Big Ben trying to concentrate if there were cheerleaders on the sidelines at their home games?

February 15, 2012  08:17 AM ET
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And a cap on the nfl.com gameday packages would be OK

How about a weekly cap on the number of Peyton Manning threads?

February 15, 2012  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Can you imagine Big Ben trying to concentrate if there were cheerleaders on the sidelines at their home games?

Not at all... I remember when he complained a few years ago about the Redskins' cheerleaders "distracting him", by stretching near them before the game.

February 15, 2012  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

How about a weekly cap on the number of Peyton Manning threads?

Second that motion. All in favor say Aye

February 15, 2012  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Second that motion. All in favor say Aye

Aye

February 15, 2012  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Second that motion. All in favor say Aye

I think I heard a "Neigh" from Jim Harbaugh, but it may just be stall tactics.

February 15, 2012  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

How about a weekly cap on the number of Peyton Manning threads?

Second that motion. All in favor say Aye

February 15, 2012  08:33 AM ET

double post

February 15, 2012  08:35 AM ET

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.


Better get in line then.

February 15, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Second that motion. All in favor say Aye

Aye

February 15, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Morning all

February 15, 2012  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Morning all

Hey Mangler

February 15, 2012  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Morning all

And a cheerful good morning to you.

February 15, 2012  08:54 AM ET

It's a good morning indeed.

 
February 15, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Second that motion. All in favor say Aye

Aye...

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