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Roethlisberger will do whatever is needed to help team from a cap standpoint

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If last week’s stories regarding the possibility of trading quarterback Ben Roethlisberger were leaked by the Steelers in order to get Roethlisberger to commit to taking less money to stay with the team, the strategy has worked.

“Obviously, I would do whatever I needed to do,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday, via KDKA-TV.  “But that’s something that can be discussed when the time comes.  And that’s not really my thing.  I play football.  I have people that deal with that stuff, so I’ll do whatever it takes to stay here and to be a part of this team and to help this team out.”

That’s the first time Roethlisberger has made such a commitment, despite previously commenting several times about his contract — and generally pleading ignorance on such matters.

Even though Roethlisberger has uttered the magic words aimed at helping the Steelers reduce his $18.895 million cap number for 2014 without paying him $20 million per year, Roethlisberger is bracing for the next wave of reports from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

“[Jerricho Cotchery] asked me today what’s the new rumor this week,” Roethlisberger said, “so we’re always excited to see what Ian’s gonna make up this week.”

Eventually, reporters likely will be reporting the very real fact that Roethlisberger has a new contract that will keep him in Pittsburgh indefinitely into the future.

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35 Responses to “Roethlisberger will do whatever is needed to help team from a cap standpoint”
  1. juststeel says: Nov 20, 2013 10:35 PM

    I think Ben has reached maturity.

  2. posmoo says: Nov 20, 2013 10:45 PM

    except take a paycut.

  3. reed20fence says: Nov 20, 2013 10:47 PM

    It’s not what Ian will make up. It’s what your classless organization will use him for to leak tidbits out there that will mentally prepare your fans for the big changes coming in the offseason.

    Ian’s just trying to play ball with the organization in exchange for continued inside access in the future. So he’ll be the first to know when they’re planning to screw over the next QB of the franchise.

  4. thinredline69 says: Nov 20, 2013 10:48 PM

    Ben will retire a Steeler…and piss a lot of people off once he’s inevitably inducted into the Canton.

  5. apkyletexas says: Nov 20, 2013 10:50 PM

    “[Jerricho Cotchery] asked me today what’s the new rumor this week”

    ==========================

    The new rumor is that Ben proved last week he can still play like one of the NFL’s best.

    And now the fans of Pittsburgh are going to expect him to start playing like that, instead of like a turnover machine.

  6. reed20fence says: Nov 20, 2013 10:52 PM

    And if you keep pushing Ian, he will leak all the texts and emails from Kevin Colbert, thereby completely imploding your team’s reputation as a decent organization for a generation.

  7. bert1913 says: Nov 20, 2013 10:54 PM

    reducing worthlessburgers cap number will not help the steelers become a championship team. you build a chanpionship team through the draft, not bringing in free agents

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 20, 2013 11:02 PM

    In other words, in light of recent events about uncomfortable rumors and our sudden possible reentry into the playoff scene, maybe THIS weekend is the time to strike a deal?

    Nice play Ben. On Sunday and with all the contract strategy positioning. Well I should compliment the people that set this up without your knowledge so you good a very good and sincere stump speech to speed up the process of getting the team to bite a check. I mean write.

  9. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 20, 2013 11:03 PM

    An anonymous team source said Ben was the second best QB around, because he has 2 rings.

  10. sanduskyshowerspecial says: Nov 20, 2013 11:09 PM

    I know Jameis Winston was being compared to Big Ben but I didn’t think they would take it this far..

  11. sdakota says: Nov 20, 2013 11:12 PM

    he already has almost 7 mill charge on cap in 14 and 15 just on bonus pro rated. go ahead pitt, bury yourself deeper into cap purgatory. gotta love it

  12. kd75 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:18 PM

    Mayor Bloomberger has worked for $1 a year for the past 12 years…Think Big Ben would be willing to do that?

  13. chawk12thman says: Nov 20, 2013 11:26 PM

    He gets “It.” He is trying to help keep his value up.

  14. trollaikman8 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:29 PM

    thinredline69 says:
    Nov 20, 2013 10:48 PM
    Ben will retire a Steeler…and piss a lot of people off once he’s inevitably inducted into the Canton.
    —————————-

    Indicted in Ohio, perhaps. He’s not a lock getting into the HoF.

  15. steelcurtainn says: Nov 20, 2013 11:43 PM

    Based off those comments Big Ben is going nowhere until he reaches his 3rd championship in Pittsburgh. I welcome it. If the Rooneys don’t cough up the money he will take the hometown discount and retire a steeler. Take it to the bank.

  16. bobzilla1001 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:53 PM

    The question that Jory Rand of KDKA-TV Sports asked Roethlisberger was, would he be willing to give a “hometown discount” to stay in Pittsburgh. His answer that he has “people to deal with that stuff” was hardly a definitive answer to the question.
    When the Rooneys offer $8 million per season, I’m pretty sure Roethlisberger’s “people” will decline the offer.
    This isn’t all about Ben.
    This is also about how much money the Steelers have to spend.
    IMO, the Rooneys put this rumor out there, via the league-owned NFL Network, to give the fanbase, the media and Roethlisberger time for reality to sink in that one of the team’s most popular and polarizing players will soon be departing.

  17. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 21, 2013 12:13 AM

    Not selfish. Ready to compromise. Working to NOT drag down his team’s salary cap and ruin his team’s future.

    Just call him the anti-Flacco.

  18. ballwasher says: Nov 21, 2013 12:24 AM

    Hey Eli — you listening?

  19. dino2997 says: Nov 21, 2013 12:50 AM

    The Steelers and Roethlisberger deserve each other. This is not a compliment.

  20. bengalguy says: Nov 21, 2013 1:33 AM

    Ben????? In Canton?????
    BBBBWWWWWAAAAAAHHHHAAAAAHHHHAAAAAA!!!!!

  21. iamthefootballjerk says: Nov 21, 2013 2:22 AM

    If Big Ben and Mike Florio are both too daft to realize that the Steelers floated this story to set contract negotiations up, than that is a mark against them. Go ahead and blame Rapoport, cause he has no skin in the game. But now, Ben is a little cornered.

  22. jkhart says: Nov 21, 2013 2:59 AM

    At this point, I get the feeling Ben would stay in Pittsburgh simply to prove Ian wrong.

  23. boomgrounder says: Nov 21, 2013 3:34 AM

    Winston and Big Ben have 2 things in common both are good QB’s and both have been accused of sexual assault. Big Ben is leading Winston in both categories thus far.

  24. whentheleveonbreaks says: Nov 21, 2013 6:05 AM

    Ben will likely get a nice pay bump to keep up with other elite qb’s, and that one statistical outlier from Baltimore.

  25. winorlose6burgh says: Nov 21, 2013 7:30 AM

    Nothing but class!!

  26. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 21, 2013 8:51 AM

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!

  27. tictoccpthook says: Nov 21, 2013 9:21 AM

    Now we can get back to talking about Steeler football instead of rumors. One week at a time. Lions last week, Browns this week. Go Steelers !

  28. thepittsburghkid says: Nov 21, 2013 9:25 AM

    I love how Ben plays the game, and I think he’s a lock for the Hall of Fame, BUT he’s a knee injury away from bring Dante Culpepper.

  29. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Nov 21, 2013 10:03 AM

    I’ve never disliked Ben but I’m starting too for the simple fact that he seems to be the one who keeps bringing this up. For someone who doesn’t like talking about it, he sure talks about it a lot. I think he protests a little too much if you know what I mean.

  30. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Nov 21, 2013 10:09 AM

    At some point they will have to absorb these cap numbers.

  31. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 21, 2013 10:49 AM

    He’s motivated by the desire to surpass Brady and Bradshaw in SB wins. Nothing else matters.

    Besides, he’s married now. He doesn’t make any of the financial decisions anyway.

  32. Deb says: Nov 21, 2013 2:02 PM

    bert1913 says:

    reducing worthlessburgers cap number will not help the steelers become a championship team. you build a chanpionship team through the draft, not bringing in free agents
    ————————————————-

    The Steelers do not have to become a Championship team in the Roethisberger era. The Steelers are a Championship team, with three AFC Championships and two Super Bowl Championships. And if any team knows how to build through the draft, it’s the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Whatever happens going forward with Ben’s contract will not change that.

  33. clemenza58 says: Nov 22, 2013 2:02 PM

    reed20fence says:

    “Nov 20, 2013 10:47 PM
    It’s not what Ian will make up. It’s what your classless organization will use him for to leak tidbits out there that will mentally prepare your fans for the big changes coming in the offseason.

    Ian’s just trying to play ball with the organization in exchange for continued inside access in the future. So he’ll be the first to know when they’re planning to screw over the next QB of the franchise.”

    ————
    How are those changes working out in Baltimore? Flacco sure looks like he’s worth the contract they gave him. Much to the dismay of the clueless fans in Baltimore, they’ll continue to be the team that has the lesser quarterback because Roethlisberger will retire a Steeler. Rapoport is a joke of an “insider” and he’s doublibg down to save whatever shred or creditability he has left.

    No fanbase and organization is more classless the Baltimore and the Ravens. The Colts did themselves a favor by moving out of that dump in the middle of the night. If the Ravens had throwback jerseys, they’d be Mayflower uniforms.

  34. blackngold4life says: Nov 22, 2013 9:40 PM

    All the top teams get better through Free Agency..Not just the draft..that’s in every Pro sport.. AND YES! CANTON.. hate Ben all you want, he will have that honor one day

  35. steelerslifer says: Nov 23, 2013 8:41 PM

    #7 has 2 rings
    Tomlin has 1
    Haley has 0
    L Bell has 0

    Stop forcing the issue on putting a rookie rb that isn’t there yet
    Yes you need a balanced attack so the defenders are not in pass-pass scenario but Ben is the most talented player on offense. L.bell is no Ap so lets not force the ground game if its not there

    #7
    To #84 primary
    82 & 83 secondary

    88 & 26 still have much to prove

    & bring back the TE screen!

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