They really can't. Ben, even with an EXTENSION will be at least a $10 mil cap hit in 2013.
They've upfronted his base salary three times, this was the year they should have extended it.
Agreed, the problem is at what price do you extend Ben well into his 30s? With the punishment he has taken will he be able to play effectively after he's 34 years old and, if so, for how long? Will he be able to make the plays we've come to expect from him, shrugging off pass rushers to step up and make throws, escape the pocket to put pressure on DBs, plus all the throws he makes like a normal quarterback dropping back, making reads and delivering the football.
The referee said that you hit Brian Sipe too hard. Did you hit him too hard?
I hit him as hard as I could - Jack Lambert