The established order will stay for the Pittsburgh Steelers on the quarterback place in 2021. Ryan Tollner, Ben Roethlisberger’s agent, confirmed to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network that the membership certainly desires the quarterback again as its starter for subsequent season and the 2 sides are dedicated to bringing down his cap hit to additional put a aggressive membership round him. Tollner added that Roethlisberger was not happy with how Pittsburgh’s season got here to an in depth in 2020, which has lit a hearth underneath the QB as he approaches his age-39 season. “They need Ben again and can contact me quickly to deal with his cap state of affairs,” Tollner instructed Kinkhabwala. “As we have shared for the reason that season ended, we’re glad to creatively alter his contract to assist them construct one of the best crew doable. A yr in the past, Ben wasn’t positive if he might throw once more, however he battled again to get 12 wins and the eighth division title of his profession. They misplaced steam down the stretch and that does not sit nicely for him, so the hearth burns sturdy and there may be loads of gasoline within the tank.” The information of Roethlisberger’s return to the Steelers for 2021 comes off the heels of a gathering the quarterback had with crew president Art Rooney II that reportedly went nicely. Roethlisberger’s future in Pittsburgh appeared to be on skinny ice as lately as final week when Steelers GM Kevin Colbert was fairly blunt in regards to the veteran’s state of affairs.
“As we sit right here immediately, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Colbert instructed reporters on the time. “He reiterated to us that he desires to proceed to play. We instructed him now we have to have a look at this present state of affairs.”
Rooney additionally admitted to reporters that the membership “could not have him again underneath the present contract.”To forestall a possible divorce, Roethlisberger made it abundantly clear that he would “do all the pieces I can” to get artistic along with his contract to deliver that quantity down, which Tollner reiterated on this most up-to-date assertion. While Roethlisberger has only a $4 million base wage and a $15 million roster bonus for 2021, the massive concern is his $41.25 million cap hit. CBS Sports’ Joel Corry detailed final month that the rationale Pittsburgh has such a large cap hit for Roethlisberger this coming season is due to a maneuver they made final offseason. At that point, the membership lowered his 2020 cap hit from $33.5 million to $23.75 million by changing $19.5 million of his $21 million compensation for the 2020 season right into a signing bonus. Because of that transfer, his 2021 cap quantity shot up by $9.75 million. As Tollner famous, the 2 sides will quickly get to work to deliver that quantity to a extra palatable spot for Pittsburgh heading into an offseason the place the wage cap is about to lower from 2020.
The 2021 season would be the 18th yr of Roethlisberger’s profession. Similar to these earlier 17, No. 18 will probably be in a Steelers uniform.