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Will Ben Roethlisberger come back to the Steelers? Pittsburgh wants return, but contract stands in way

Vince McMahon mentioned it finest: It’s all about the money.

Definitely within the closing levels of his profession, Ben Roethlisberger is coming into the final yr of his present contract with the Steelers, and lots of predict “Huge Ben” to return to the Metal Metropolis for at the very least yet another season. There may be, nonetheless, a large hurdle to clear so as to make that occur, one which could trigger participant and group to grapple this offseason: the cash he is owed.

“Ben needs to come back again,” group president Art Rooney II said in his end-of-season Zoom call. “We have left that door open. I believe we have been up entrance with Ben in letting him know that we could not have him again underneath the present contract. I believe he understands we’ve got some work to do there.

“We’ll have extra conversations internally, and we’ll have extra conversations with Ben, and we’ll must know what the cap quantity is to finalize a few of these selections. … However, as we mentioned, there’s plenty of work to be accomplished if that may occur; there could should be selections on each ends for that to occur.”

That cap hit is a whopping $41,250,000 in 2021, however the group owes Roethlisberger $19,000,000 within the upcoming season along with his base wage and roster bonuses included in that quantity. 

The Steelers have a number of key free brokers this offseason, together with go rusher Bud Dupree, wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster and left sort out Alejandro Villanueva, that means the Steelers are going to must therapeutic massage their cap state of affairs to maintain the band collectively for yet another run, in the event that they so select — and if Roethlisberger agrees to play ball on the contract state of affairs.

Roethlisberger, to his credit score, appears to be able to do no matter is important to maintain the Steelers blissful:

Pittsburgh is coming off a wild-card spherical loss to the Browns after a 12-4 common season that had them flirting with an undefeated document by means of 11 weeks. Whereas Roethlisberger was definitely a a part of that success, some query his long-term viability as a starter, leaving Rooney and the Steelers’ entrance workplace within the uncomfortable state of affairs of getting to search out the inheritor obvious at quarterback, maybe as early as this offseason.

“I believe if you take a look at our room, we’ll have so as to add any person to the room this offseason,” Rooney mentioned, through ESPN. “We’ll take a look at all of the alternatives we’ve got to do this.”

Ben Roethlisberger contract

Roethlisberger is within the ultimate season of his two-year, $68 million contract extension with the Steelers, and he carries a cap hit of $41,250,000 for 2021. Whereas the group needs Roethlisberger again, that quantity is at present troublesome to navigate to re-sign sure key gamers and in addition make enhancements to the squad.

The probably consequence is that the group and Roethlisberger restructure his deal in a means that enables that $41,250,000 cap quantity to be unfold over the approaching season or two, dropping that quantity and making it simpler on the group to work round monetary restraints.

Spotrac currently has the Steelers as well over the cap at nearly $30,000,000, that means they are going to must make some key selections on contracts and the prefer to fulfill the cap.

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