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Colbert can’t envision scenario where Roethlisberger would leave Pittsburgh


Probably because franchise quarterbacks without serious injury questions (Peyton Manning, Drew Brees) rarely if ever change teams, few have taken notice of the situation in Pittsburgh, where Ben Roethlisberger is grossly underpaid and the team won’t do anything about it until 2015 at the earliest.

The situation has prompted speculation that the two sides may not be able to work out a new contract next year, which would compel the team to pay more than $22 million to keep him under the franchise tag in 2016 and more than $26 million in 2017.  Which eventually could prompt the Steelers and Roethlisberger to go their separate ways.

G.M. Kevin Colbert doesn’t see that happening.  In fact, he’s gone all in, telling reporters, “I don’t see any circumstances where Ben does not finish his career here,” via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

While it remains probable if not highly likely that Roethlisberger will remain in Pittsburgh, circumstances definitely exist where Ben moves on.  What if he gets injured this year or next year and the Steelers aren’t willing to make a huge financial commitment to keep him, a la the Colts and Manning?  What if Ben won’t accept the team’s best offer on a new deal for 2015, forcing the team to use the franchise tag until the price gets so high that they can’t afford to do it?  While $22 million for 2016 could be stomached, $26 million for 2017 gets a little pricey.  By 2018, when Ben would be the same age Manning was when he left the Colts (36), and the price tag for one more year will shoot to $38.1 million for one season.

Meanwhile, Roethlisberger would have made more than $70 million on a year-to-year arrangement.  If he’s willing to continue to bear the injury risk, why not let it play out that way?

So, yes, there’s a way that dominoes fall that will lead to Roethlisberger walking away.  Given the zeal with which Steelers fans follow the team, both sides need to tread lightly for fear of catching the blame for an eventual divorce.  And, ideally, to ensure that as few Steelers fans as possible realize that a divorce, while still far from likely, could indeed happen.

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55 Responses to “Colbert can’t envision scenario where Roethlisberger would leave Pittsburgh”
  1. 2difshoe says: Jul 28, 2014 5:06 PM

    Leave him in Pittsburgh…it’s where he belongs.

  2. bonnovi says: Jul 28, 2014 5:06 PM

    This probably isn’t a popular opinion but if I were the Pittsburgh GM I would trade Roethlisberger for a plethora of draft picks and players instead of keeping him.

  3. andrewluck12 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:07 PM

    Big Ben is really the only one on that roster worth a damn.

  4. stevent92 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:13 PM

    That would require another team wanting Roethlisberger. Something that is highly unlikely at this point in his career.

  5. jayniner says: Jul 28, 2014 5:14 PM

    Probably because no one else wants him…

  6. 6ball says: Jul 28, 2014 5:16 PM

    Don’t rule out a trade to Bruce Arien’s Cardinals depending on how Carson Palmer performs this season. They may feel that the only way to keep up with their division mates is to acquire a proven franchise type QB.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 28, 2014 5:20 PM

    I can see somebody is practicing just in case they draw Colbert as an opponent on Jeopardy with a category slanted towards their acumen:


  8. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the reason you can enjoy football today. This is what we built. We are the NFL. We are football. We are God's team. says: Jul 28, 2014 5:21 PM

    So proud of our team. World-class from the water boys to the owners. Our business is always conducted with precise expertise. That’s why we are the standard in the NFL. We are the model for how to run an organization. Again, we just can’t be more proud.

  9. jmblosser82 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:24 PM

    There are at least 10 teams that would rather have Ben over the current choices. If the sides can’t come to an agreement then some team will drive the price up.

  10. citizenstrange says: Jul 28, 2014 5:24 PM

    What will the Steelers ever do without Roethlisberger? Those 13 points aren’t just going to score themselves you know!

  11. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Jul 28, 2014 5:24 PM

    Lol at ppl talking about Bens SB rings like he didnt have a beastly defence to help him out. What did Peyton have? His defenses were always butt.

  12. LIBERAL JUSTICE says: Jul 28, 2014 5:27 PM

    G-MEN > Stealers

  13. stillers213 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:29 PM

    All things considered, there has only been one QB more successful since Ben came into the league. So, unless you’re a Pats fan, all of your negative comments come across merely as jealous hatred. I guarantee there are at least 25 teams who would replace their QB with Ben in a second, even at his current age. I don’t know what games you were watching last season, but it surely wasn’t Ben and the Steelers.

  14. realitycheckbaby says: Jul 28, 2014 5:30 PM

    I thought the guy had done all this off season conditioning and nutrition…

    Why does he still look fat?

  15. bonnovi says: Jul 28, 2014 5:30 PM

    I’m sure that there would be a team ready to give up a king’s ransom for him. A team like the Bill’s (Not that I’m saying that would ever happen.) or the Cardinals that’s loaded most everywhere but Quarterback.

  16. longsufferingkcfan says: Jul 28, 2014 5:38 PM

    I can envision one: the charges finally stick and Ben goes where he belongs. Remember, the best case scenario is that he takes advantage of drunk girls. Again, that is the best case.

  17. hakunamangata says: Jul 28, 2014 5:39 PM

    Looking at the photo I can only think;

    Pillsbury throw boy.

  18. nepatriotslaughatyourpatheticteam says: Jul 28, 2014 5:42 PM

    He will be begging to join New England when Brady decides to call it quits on his Hall of Fame career.

  19. fmc651 says: Jul 28, 2014 5:43 PM

    I hope that isn’t a recent picture of Ben. Big fella easy on the dinner trays if it is.

  20. ricardocabeza says: Jul 28, 2014 5:44 PM

    Oh, so because he is taking over Letterman’s job he thinks he can shoot off his mouth about the NFL. Rothlisberger is a pretty big word for “The Word” So much for alpha dog of the week!

  21. williamshatnerstoupee says: Jul 28, 2014 5:51 PM

    Trolls are so very cute.

  22. 2blingluvinit says: Jul 28, 2014 6:12 PM

    Hey look…Ben’s first in line running to the lunch room at training camp.

  23. djstat says: Jul 28, 2014 6:24 PM

    Under paid? BS. He got a ton of up front money

  24. steelcurtainn says: Jul 28, 2014 6:27 PM

    I can’t either. Thats why he’s not leaving. You don’t let a Top five qb walk.

  25. wvrocks says: Jul 28, 2014 6:33 PM

    One of the details left out of this story, which is rather important, is that indicators point to the salary cap rising significantly next year, giving the Steelers more money to work with. Therefore, it is advantageous for “both” sides to wait for the infusion of more cash via a higher cap, in order to take care of Ben. It is difficult if even possible to get this done right now, because the Steelers have little to no cap room. Both sides want this deal to happen, and it will happen. It is about “timing” and nothing more. Good QB’s are hard to find, and the Steelers are a smart organization. Ben will be a Steeler for many years to come.

  26. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Jul 28, 2014 6:36 PM

    Colbert can’t imagine a scenario. But can Jon Stewart?

  27. lnfinite says: Jul 28, 2014 6:47 PM

    Until he does……

  28. mogogo1 says: Jul 28, 2014 6:50 PM

    I can’t imagine him NOT eventually leaving Pittsburgh. He’s still a good QB today but age/injury can catch up to a guy quite quickly. And when is the last time a long-time starter gracefully became the backup for a team without either resenting it or having to be cut because the team didn’t want to be paying starter money for a backup? I think the odds of him being done playing at the precise time the Steelers are done with him as starter are pretty small.

  29. gayforbrady says: Jul 28, 2014 6:59 PM

    Steelers may have helped build the NFL but God and Jesus are patriot fans.

    They tested us with the last 2 super bowls.

    Now our religious beliefs are stronger than ever.

  30. leagueobservr says: Jul 28, 2014 7:06 PM

    I can’t imagine him leaving either. Both sides are just posturing, they’ll reach a compromise and get a deal done…eventually.

  31. coloradical420 says: Jul 28, 2014 7:07 PM

    I’m enjoying watching the decline of this team. And to think, it all started with Tebow. LOL. Hope that stings a little.

  32. mazenblue says: Jul 28, 2014 7:16 PM

    You can rape women, beat the conciosness out of women, but heaven forbid you to smoke a joint. Goodell, you are a man that has no respect by anybody but vultures.

  33. kerzondax says: Jul 28, 2014 7:18 PM

    Bet Indy would have said the same about Peyton.

  34. maxtng says: Jul 28, 2014 7:19 PM

    When was the last time Pittsburgh won a playoff game? Unless the Steelers bring back Richard Rydze Big Ben is on the wrong side of winning.

  35. bigbenh8tr says: Jul 28, 2014 7:26 PM

    I would want a trade w that abysmal group of WRs

  36. unbiasedravenfan says: Jul 28, 2014 8:19 PM

    Since 2011, including the game against Tebow, Roethlisberger is 6-17 against teams that score more than 20 points against them. The facts show that as the defense has declined, he can NOT carry a team.

  37. will76williams says: Jul 28, 2014 8:54 PM

    Big Ben has grown up there in Pitt. And has done all the right things since being told he needed to. He shows up every day for us and doesn’t complain about anything. So the organization will do the right thing and reward him.

  38. mikemyditka says: Jul 28, 2014 8:59 PM

    unbiasedravenfan says:
    Jul 28, 2014 8:19 PM
    Since 2011, including the game against Tebow, Roethlisberger is 6-17 against teams that score more than 20 points against them. The facts show that as the defense has declined, he can NOT carry a team.

    A) Ben didn’t QB all those losses.

    B) The Ravens have 14 losses when opponents scored 20 or more in that same stretch. which tells us what?

    This stat tells us nothing, since a team could lose 51-48, and it counts as “not being able to win when your opponents score 20 or more”.

    Nice try though- as a Ravens fan, you would love to see the Steelers QB’ed by someone else. Totally understandable.

  39. rcali says: Jul 28, 2014 9:00 PM

    Yikes, did Big Ben add another chin in the off season? I thought maybe they signed Jared Lorenzen there for a second.

  40. pdmjr says: Jul 28, 2014 9:01 PM

    Well Ben has earned a lot more money than every other QB on a second contract so why not a third?

  41. will76williams says: Jul 28, 2014 9:01 PM

    He has even stated he is willing to less for the organization to help keep talent there. He is humble and far from greedy even though I believe he should get paid. He sticks up for teammates and never throws people under the bus. A true leader.

  42. jmblosser82 says: Jul 28, 2014 9:01 PM

    kremis, zero losing seasons since being “Tebowed” out if the playoffs, get new material.

    Unbiasedravensfan, that record is not the complete picture. How many of those games did the defense give up late leads? How many of those games did the offense put up 20+ points and still lost?

  43. jpaq68 says: Jul 28, 2014 9:04 PM

    How about in a paddy wagon?

  44. squackduckhawk says: Jul 28, 2014 9:31 PM

    I think it is refreshing to see a franchise show some loyalty. The Steelers are a class act. I cannot name a single other team in the NFL that would be so bold as to announce something like that. Their message is: “This guy has shed blood sweat and tears for our organization while making us relevant again, and we take care of our own, come hell or high-water.” The Cowboys are sticking with Romo because for some reason Jerry sees something in Romo that absolutely nobody except Romo’s mom sees in the guy. If JJ thought anyone else would be better for the Cowboys Romo would be gone the next day. There are probably at least 10 qbs that I would pick over Big Ben if I were starting a football team, and I am a Seahawks fan who still has sour grapes from SBXL. No Steeler fan by any means, just wanted to give Kudos to a class act organization.

  45. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 28, 2014 9:38 PM

    “Looking at the photo I can only think;
    Pillsbury throw boy.”

    This spells trouble for the Ravens. Their outta-shapedness tells me they love their sweets. Huge potential distraction.

  46. 6thsense10 says: Jul 28, 2014 9:55 PM

    2 time superbowl winning pro bowl quarterbacks don’t hit the free agent market. Ben will get signed unless he becomes injured.

  47. zebra95 says: Jul 28, 2014 9:58 PM

    I couldn’t imagine Joe Montana ever donning anything other than a 49er jersey or Peyton Manning ever wearing something other than the Colts blue and white either but…

  48. higheriqthanyou says: Jul 28, 2014 10:09 PM

    BR 69.9 rating in SB with 3 TDs and 5 picks.

    R Wilson 123.1 with 2 TDs and 0 picks.

    And he didn’t lose to Tebow.

  49. uglydingo says: Jul 28, 2014 11:00 PM

    “I don’t see any circumstances”. How about if the Steelers are reduced to a 5 win or worse season?
    Maybe that’s a circumstance that can lead to a rapid departure.

  50. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:02 AM

    The Roethlisberger grossly underpaid comment is pathetic reporting. He’s in process of fulfilling a contract that pays him $104 million. Most of the money has ALREADY been paid via contract restructures. Can we at least have some accuracy here?
    Secondly, there’s no way the Steelers are going pay Roethlisberger his reported asking price: $20 million per season. Waiting for the salary cap to increase just to accommodate one player would be the complete destruction of an entire team.
    Good QBs are more readily available now than ever before. The Colts found Luck, the Seahawks found Wilson, the Packers found Rodgers, etc.
    To assume Roethlisberger can’t be replaced is not giving a savvy organization like the Steelers enough credit.
    If a drunken Jim Irsay can replace Peyton, I’m pretty sure Colbert and Co. have it them to replace a QB like Roethlisberger.

  51. magicmtndan says: Jul 29, 2014 1:13 AM

    Haters gonna hate.

    Trolls gonna troll.

    Envy is gonna kill you.

    Focus on your lousy team while you continue to wish they had 6 Lombardis in their trophy case.

  52. clashpoint says: Jul 29, 2014 1:59 AM

    I think every “Yeah please trade Ben” post should be taken as a compliment to the Steelers. For his part, Ben has repeatedly said he doesn’t want to go anywhere. I don’t see any reason to even start negotiations until the cap goes up again next year, long after this season is over. Ben knows it, the team knows it, I know it and now you know it.

    I like where the Steelers are this season, I like how they stack up against their division and I like what they’ve done in the off-season. They always play better when they’re the underdogs and everyone writes them off. I think they’re gonna win the division and make a run in the playoffs. I don’t care a bit what any cluster of silly trolls think.


  53. jimeejohnson says: Jul 29, 2014 4:15 AM

    Thought you meant Stephen Colbert.

  54. bengalguy says: Jul 29, 2014 9:33 AM


  55. joewilliesshnoz says: Jul 29, 2014 10:08 AM

    Thankfully, Big Bum’s Steeler days are numbered.

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