Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger usually takes time to decide if he wants to continue playing each off-season. However, this time around, he may not have a team to return to.
The Steelers are facing a tough cap situation, and Roethlisberger’s $ 41 million cap hit is a big part of the problem. While you usually assume the team will do whatever it takes to keep Roethlisberger close, it may not be, according to Kevin Colbert, General Manager of Steelers.
Colbert said Wednesday the Steelers need to “look into this situation.”
# Steelers GM Kevin Colbert says that in meetings with QB Ben Roethlisberger, owner Art Rooney and trainer Mike Tomlin, “repeats … he wants to keep playing … we frankly told him we need to look into this situation.” “
– Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) February 17, 2021
Colbert added that “some adjustments need to be made” to bring Roethlisberger back.
Kevin Colbert on Ben Roethlisberger: With Ben’s current cap number, some adjustments need to be made. Hopefully there is some way to find out what is best for the organization. Hopefully he can see that and feel the same way. Its a lot to do. “
– Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) February 17, 2021
That last part where Colbert mentions “hopefully” [Roethlisberger] can see it and feel the same way, “says Colbert, hoping that Roethlisberger is ready to restructure his deal to save the Steelers some space.
Would Steelers actually part with Ben Roethlisberger?
If Roethlisberger is unwilling to renegotiate his deal, it could lead to an uncomfortable situation. The team can try to swap Roethlisberger to save space for the cap, or it could cut off Roethlisberger which would improve the cap’s situation.
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The chances of that happening are slim, however, as Roethlisberger said he was open to restructuring his business. Roethlisberger even went a step further and said he didn’t care how much money he made in 2021.
Ben Roethlisberger just said to me: “I don’t care about my salary this year!” And is poised to restructure a contract with a cap hit of $ 41 million for 2021, which includes $ 19 million in bonus and salary that can be restructured.
– Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) January 28, 2021
If that’s true, then enroll Roethlisberger as the starter of the Steelers next season.
Colbert wasn’t wrong in pointing out how Roethlisberger’s cap issue is affecting the team, but there’s still no reason for fans to freak out about Roethlisberger’s future. It certainly sounds like he wants to get it working.
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