NFL Notes: Steelers, Roethlisberger close on restructured deal

NFL Notes: Steelers, Roethlisberger close on restructured deal
February 26, 2013, 6:30 pm
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With the 2013 Combine wrapping up Tuesday, the Eagles likely kept a close on this year's nose tackles as they are likely switching to a 3-4 defense. Fortunately for the Eagles, they should have several options in the draft (see story).

Alabama cornerback also Dee Milliner improved his draft stock with a stellar performance at the Combine, which could push him to a top-five overall selection (see story).

Here is a look at some other notable news around the NFL:

Steelers, Roethlisberger close on restructured deal
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger are close to a restructured deal that would free up salary cap space while simultaneously raising Roethlisberger's individual cap hit. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer (via ProFootballTalk), the deal, which would reduce Reothlisberger's base salary while increasing his guaranteed money, should be completed this week.

Under his current deal, Roethlisberger was going to be a $19.6 million.

Last season, the nine-year veteran and two-time Super Bowl winner passed for 3,265 yards, 26 touchdowns and and eight interceptions in 13 games.

Brady's new deal has "no impact" on Flacco
On Monday, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots agreed to a three-year, $27 million extension in order to free up cap space for the future (via ProFootballTalk).

Free-agent quarterback Joe Flacco is negotiating a new deal with the Ravens, so will he and the Ravens use the Brady model?

"There's no impact whatsoever on what we're doing," Flacco's agent Joe Linta told Robert Klemko of USA Today (via ProFootballTalk). "It doesn't matter. It's an extension for cap purposes. And we don't know all the details at this point.

"The bottom line is, whether Brady took a pay cut or took $27 milion a year, it wouldn't have an impact on what we're doing. We've determined a number that we think is fair with respect for the Ravens' cap situation."

During the post season, Flacco passed for 1,140 yards, 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He was named Super Bowl MVP in their victory over the 49ers.

Vikings want Winfield to play less
Vikings veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield rebounded from injury-ridden 2011 season during the Vikings unexpected playoff run in 2012.

Last season, Winfield played in just under 90 percent of the Vikings snaps.

Winfield will turn 36 in June and head coach Leslie Fraizer expects the cornerback's snaps to decrease as Winfield moves out of the starting lineup and into the slot.

"It's not good for him. I don't think it's the best thing for our team," Frazier said, via 1500ESPN.com's Tom Pelissero (via ProFootballTalk). "We need him to be able to stay healthy, help us in the classroom, help us on the field. So, we definitely want him back, but we do need to reduce his snaps."

Last season, Winfield totaled 100 combined tackles and three intercpetions despite battling a broken hand towards the end of the season.