As contract decision looms, Ben Roethlisberger has not met with Steelers

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has said he’s ready to restructure his contract to ease the Steelers’ salary cap situation for the 2021 season. But so far they’ve had no talks on the matter.

Roethlisberger told Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today that he has not met with the Steelers.

Under his current contract, Roethlisberger has a massive $41.25 million cap hit for the 2021 season, and the Steelers are about $30 million over the cap. Steelers President Art Rooney II said the team can’t bring Roethlisberger back without lowering his cap number, so at some point they’re going to have to get on the same page — or go their separate ways.

A decision will surely come before March 19, when, if he’s still on the team under his current contract, the Steelers would have to pay Roethlisberger a $15 million roster bonus.

39 responses to “As contract decision looms, Ben Roethlisberger has not met with Steelers

  1. Likely they haven’t talked because they don’t know if they can extend Ben, or want to. Still churning through multiple scenarios to get far enough under the projected cap and still have room to sign their rookies.

  2. 2021 will just be to sell tickets featuring Big Ben, J.J. Watt, and Tomlin. Get rid of all 3 in 2022 and start earnestly building to win Super Bowls again.

  3. Like a bandaid, it’s better to just rip it off at once. Roll with defence and and see what you got with Mason Rudolph not being thrown to the wolves

  4. Can Roestlesberger restructure his contract and defer payment into the future even if he is no longer playing? Troy Aikman did that near the end of his career to create cap room but he was still playing when he signed the restructuring where he was paid years after retirement. Of course it counted against the cap when he was paid and contributed to the Cowboys descent into cap hell without a winning season for almost a decade.

  5. These QB salaries are killing teams cap budget. I realize the great ones need to be paid. But it means the rest of the team is only average to good players. Tom Brady, is the GOAT and a realist.

  6. What’s Ben without three pump fakes and drama?

    People who know football would say first round hall of famer, but those are thinking people.

  7. Despite Ben’s statement that he’d play for free, don’t expect him to give up any money. At best they’ll move half of his $40 mill cap hit to the next year and let the team have $20 mill less cap space after he is gone. That way it won’t affect him.

  8. The team is probably waiting for the actual cap number. A lot is being thrown around, but there’s a reason that an official number has not been released yet.

  9. When you lose to Baker Mayfield at home in the playoffs you should retire. It was worse than losing to Tebow in the playoffs at Mile High.

  10. Steelers have been living on borrowed time with Big Ben’s contract. Now with his performance dropping off, it is time to pay the piper. It will suck for a year but then the salary cap pain will be over.

  11. The winds of change are blowing amongst the confluence. Time to cut the cord. BR is one good hit from the scrap heap.

  12. The GM’s of ALL these relocating, over the hill, has been, superstar QB’s spend their nights dreaming about how many first round choices and how much contract relief they can trick another GM into giving them. The real sad truth is that there are GM’s that will probably fulfill their dreams.

  13. theitalianarmy says:
    February 12, 2021 at 3:51 pm
    “It’s better to cut a player a year early than a year late”
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    That would in Ben’s case have been this time 3yrs ago, before his last good season in 2018.

  14. theitalianarmy says:
    “It’s better to cut a player a year early than a year late”
    —–
    Bill Belichick also likes to get rid of players out a year early. Didnt work out too well this year.

  15. kenmasters34 says:
    February 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm
    “It’s better to cut a player a year early than a year late”
    Belichick also likes to get rid of players out a year early. Didnt work out too well this year.
    ———————-
    Brady left because BB wouldn’t commit a multi-year contract. He could’ve stayed for 2020. In effect, after an extension wasn’t agreed in 2018, it was clear BB was effectively only offering incentive-laden year-to-year. And frankly that made sense, Brady was over 40 and didn’t hit his incentives in 2019. And even with Brady going, Pats had no money left for 2020, having maxed out for 2018 and then trying to keep as many SB team together for 2019 for one more year with Brady. And Brady left last Spring because he knew the kitty was now empty and his staying meant no chance of a Pats’ SB run in 2020 and that there might not be a 2021 because – just like BB knows – Brady too knows that at his age he’s year-to-year.

  16. They need help all over the field. He should walk away before he can’t. As per that huge contract the team signed it as well and knew he was declining. Cap going down and his salary is crazy high. Bye bye JuJu and others.

  17. I think a restructure just kicks the cap hit can further down the road. Perhaps better to eat the dead money cap hit and help offset it with the savings on the $15m roster bonus payment due to him in March?

  18. Oh please. He isn’t quitting yet as long as he see’s a possible super bowl within his reach. This is a talented team and he knows it. I do think that if they fail to make playoffs the team will say, take some time off for the next 50 years.

  19. A super bowl is not in his reach – half of the team (including) Bud Dupree won’t be resigned due to his gobbling up all the salary. This team is dead in the water and Ben isn’t going to make it any better without any talent around him. Cut now and start the rebuild. There are plenty of QB’s flying around out there now who can surpass what he brings to the team. Just don’t turn the ball over, solidify the defense and find your running game; which shoud be easier without somebody thinking their Dan Marino and can pass 50 times per game.

  20. Ernesto says:
    February 13, 2021 at 9:59 am
    Oh please. He isn’t quitting yet as long as he see’s a possible super bowl within his reach.

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    Unless he plans to take a job as Brady’s or Mahomes’ backup, a SB is not in reach for Ben

  21. Ernesto says:
    February 13, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Oh please. He isn’t quitting yet as long as he see’s a possible super bowl within his reach.
    ———————————————————————-
    Did you watch how they finished up the year?

  22. time to move on as many have said. same with the rb’s and most of the o line.

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