The President of Pittsburgh Steelers provides Ben Roethlisberger the ultimatum for a contract
If Pittsburgh’s quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wants to return for the 2021 NFL season, he’ll need to restructure his contract so the Steelers have more flexibility on the salary cap as it builds the roster around him.
In order for the front office to go to work and get this job done at an ideal time, Steeler’s President Art Rooney II has given Big Ben a specific amount of time before he needs to revise his deal.
Ben Roethlisberger has until March 17th to restructure his contract to play in Pittsburgh
Bob Labriola, of the Steelers’ official website, shared what Rooney had to say about Roethlisberger’s outlook for 2021 and set an ultimatum for the first day of the new league year to close the deal:
“We were sure we wanted him back, but we had to do something with the contract. We are now getting to the point where the time is right. We have a better idea of where the salary cap will be, which is an important part of the decision. […] Hopefully we’ll work something out beforehand, but if you’re going to say there’s a tough deadline it would be March 17th. “Art Rooney II, President of Steelers, on Ben Roethlisberger’s contract situation
Pittsburgh would hit a cap hit of more than $ 41 million last year from Roethlisberger’s contract if he didn’t overhaul it or just cut a salary. Even for a future Hall of Famer who helped the Steelers win their first eleven games last season, the cost is prohibitive.
But Big Ben’s demise later in 2020, capped by a one-off performance in the playoffs against the Cleveland Browns, combined with zero postseason wins over the past four years, suggests a grim outlook for its immediate future.