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The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that Ben Roethlisberger has been signed to a new contract that will keep him in Pittsburgh through 2021.
The details of the contract have yet to be released, but we will be sure to update you as more information becomes available. Having just turned 39 years old a couple of days ago, Roethlisberger is reaching the twilight of his career. The two-time Super Bowl champ will hope to make another run with the Steelers' possessing an elite defense and some of the best pass-catchers in the game.
Steelers star QB Ben Roethlisberger will be returning as the team's starter for the upcoming 2021 season.
The NFL's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that she has been in contact with Roethlisberger's agent Ryan Tollner. He states that "They (Steelers) want Ben back and will contact me soon to address his cap situation." This will likely include a restructure of the veteran QB's contract to be more cap-friendly, thus freeing up additional resources for Pittsburg to make a run at the Super Bowl. The Steelers were red hot to start the 2020 season, going 11-0 before losing 5 of their last 6, including a bitter loss to the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Wild Card Round. Roethlisberger had a respectable 2020, recording 3,803 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, and ten interceptions. Coming off of "Tommy John" surgery in 2019, he struggled with his deep ball, finishing with 6.3 yards-per-attempt, the lowest in his career. The Steelers hope another year removed from the elbow injury, and they will see the veteran gunslinger return to form and help the team make a deep playoff run.
Aditi Kinkhabwala with the NFL Network is reporting that Ben Roethlisberger wants to play next season and General Manager Kevin Colbert said, "We told him quite frankly, we have to look at this situation.”
This isn't a ringing endorsement for Roethlisberger from his General Manager. Now 38 years old and having missed playing time in five of his last six seasons, Roethlisberger's future in Pittsburgh is looking uncertain for the first time since they drafted him 11th overall in 2004. The Steelers have the 24th overall pick in this year's draft, which could potentially be used on a quarterback if they are looking to move on from Roethlisberger. Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs are listed as the team's backups, but there are plenty of available quarterbacks on the trading block and in free agency. While nothing is certain at this point, the Steelers' quarterback situation should be monitored as we approach free agency on March 17th.
Ed Bouchette of The Athletic writes that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger isn't concerned with his 2021 salary.
Steelers owner Art Rooney II recently said that Roethlisberger can't return on his current contract due to the salary cap situation. Big Ben has said he's willing to restructure the deal if it meant getting to play for Pittsburgh for one more season. Bouchette writes that both sides are likely looking at one more year before this marriage comes to an end. As of now we expect Roethlisberger to remain with the Steelers in 2021, which will likely be his final season.
Ben Roethlisberger wants to restructure his contract with the Steelers in order to lower his cap hit for 2021, per Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette.
Roethlisberger told Bouchette that he approached the Steelers first about reworking his contract. "I want to do everything I can and made that very clear to them from the very beginning that it was my idea to basically help the team however I can this year." His comments seem to go hand in hand with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, who said earlier on Thursday that Roethlisberger would have to make "significant concessions" to his contract in order to play for the team in 2021. Big Ben's cap hit in 2021 is a whopping $41.2 million so it makes sense for both sides to come together and restructure his deal.
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