Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert does not commit to bringing Ben Roethlisberger back

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Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert is not committing to bringing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back to Pittsburgh for the 2021 season.

The Steelers have previously made clear that Roethlisberger won’t be back without a restructured contract. Roethlisberger has said he’s willing to re-do his deal, but that might not be enough for the Steelers.

“As we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Colbert said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “He reiterated to us that he wants to continue to play. We told him we have to look at this current situation.”

Colbert didn’t close the door on Roethlisberger returning, but he hinted that Roethlisberger would have to take a steep pay cut.

“Ben Roethlisberger did a lot of really good things last year. We anticipate that he could still do really good things going forward. Hopefully we can figure out how to do what’s best for the organization and for Ben. Hopefully he’ll be able to see that,” Colbert said.

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. 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.

31 responses to “Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert does not commit to bringing Ben Roethlisberger back

  1. What was the point of all the crying on the sidelines, if that wasn’t his last game? He doesn’t usually do that. He needs to retire.

  2. The Steelers name is also on that contract. The are responsible for the position they are in.

  3. Cut him and then see if he wants to come back on a heavy incentive laden deal. If he doesn’t then thanks for your contributions see ya later

  4. Steelers signed this deal. They know he was getting older? 40million is crazy moneys for a QB his age that hasn’t led them very far in years. The rest of the roster is empty of young talent. He wont be traded. No way no how. Retire, restructure or pay the man. Y’all did this to yourself.

  5. The quick short throw version of Roethlisberger got figured out, if that’s all he has left he should retire.

  6. Used to be that the Steelers were the only team in the division with QB stability. Now they are the only team without it.

  7. Compared to the current crop of good QBs, Ben looks old and slow. Tom can still compete, Ben & Drew…not so much.

  8. Sounds like a Drew Brees-type extension with a big guarantee spread over 2-3 years and small salary. Then come may Ben “reconsiders” and retires after a restructuring that saves the Steelers.

  9. And yet another team who went all out, financially, to win last seasons SB, failed and now is in a cap hole. The Saints and Cowboys are in similar straits. Kicking the can down the road has its risks.

  10. Who knew Antonio Brown would outlast Big Ben in the NFL. It’s time for Big Ben to call it a career.

  11. They should cut him. They won’t, but they should. Ben will call their bluff, and he’ll win.

  12. Reasonable to suspect that Ben’s agent’s and Steelers may be working on some sort of buyout so he can then announce he is retiring.

  13. There’s “tight cap”, “cap hell” and then there’s what the Steelers are facing

  14. 3 Super Bowls, with Brady and Manning as obstacles in his conference.

    This man has nothing to apologize for.

  15. I get it, he’s getting old. But you know what??? He’s done everything they’ve ever asked of him in terms of restructuring. Yes, it benefitted him, but he’s done it. He still has the long ball, but he shouldn’t need to throw it forty times a game.

    Colbert says he doesn’t blame Ben for the seasons’ disappointing finish, he placed the blame on the offense as a whole. But look at the situation realistically – O Line struggled; the Wide Receivers dropped so many catchable balls; but most of all, NO RUNNING GAME … with a running game, things turn out so differently. Who’s to blame for the lack of run? Colbert and Tomlin. If anyone needs to go, it’s Colbert who has not had the vision to change with the league. While Tomlin has a winning record, he doesn’t have it where it counts. This team has struggled since LeBeau and Arians were shown the door.

  16. Wouldn’t it be strange and not so strange – if three LONG-TERM veteran QBs, i.e., Ben, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers – all retire before April? Instant first-ballot HOF for Ben and Brees in five years – and maybe Rivers gets in on his 2nd or 3rd try.

  17. jameshodges says: February 17, 2021 at 1:30 pm What was the point of all the crying on the sidelines, if that wasn’t his last game? He doesn’t usually do that. He needs to retire. —– Because 1st off he likely didnt know 100% if it would be his last game or his last game with the Steelers which theres still a good possibility it was his last as either a player or a steeler. Its also common sense since it’s not just up to just him on whether he comes back that he wouldnt know for surr. Also how is it hurting you or anyone that he “needs” to retire?

  18. As much as it pains me to say it, Ben is done. I hope he retires and doesn’t force the Steelers to cut him.

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