Ben Roethlisberger met with Art Rooney II, the owner of Pittsburgh Steelers, on Tuesday, presumably to discuss his future with the team.
Following a report that the meeting “went well,” Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner told NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala that the Steelers want Ben “back” next season and that both sides are working to adjust the QB’s contract.
“You want Ben back and you will be contacting me soon to speak to his [salary] Cap situation, “said Tollner via Kinkhabwala.” As we’ve shared since the end of the season, we’re excited to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible. “
Roethlisberger has a massive hit with the salary cap in 2021
Roethlisberger has announced his willingness to restructure his contract. He is nearing the second season of a two-year extension of $ 68 million that brings a salary cap of $ 41.2 million for the next season. This is an unaffordable number considering the likelihood of a reduced cap associated with COVID-19 lost revenue.
Roethlisberger will be 39 years old next season. He put up solid numbers in 2020, throwing 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while averaging 253.5 yards per game. But he and the Steelers’ offensive stalled after the 11-0. Pittsburgh finished the regular season 12-4 and suffered an ugly loss to the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the playoffs. Roethlisberger threw four interceptions in this defeat.
Ben Roethlisberger and his agent “look forward to creatively adapting his contract,” said a report. (AP Photo / Keith Srakocic)
Can Roethlisberger still be an effective QB?
Roethlisberger has spent his entire 17-year career winning two Super Bowls with the Steelers. Both sides seem eager to pull out with the Steelers. Roethlisberger told The Athletic’s Ed Bouchette in January: “I don’t care how much I pay this year.”
Of course, nothing is done until they agree on a new contract.
Assuming the two sides make it, 2021 won’t just be a reunion tour in Pittsburgh. The Steelers lined up the NFL’s third-placed defense in 2020 and will keep their eyes set to battle it out for a Super Bowl. It seems they are satisfied that Roethlisberger remains the best option to carry out their crime – at the right price, of course.
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