Ben Roethlisberger met with Art Rooney II today

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Whether the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger can reach an agreement that will result in the team bringing him back this season remains to be seen. But they’re discussing it.

Roethlisberger and Steelers President Art Rooney II met today, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The meeting went well, according to the report.

The Steelers have said Roethlisberger will not be back on his current contract because they can’t afford his whopping $41.25 million salary cap hit for 2021. Roethlisberger has said he’s willing to take a pay cut to remain in Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll take a pay cut as steep as the one the Steelers want him to take.

So only time will tell whether the Steelers and Roethlisberger can come to an agreement that will result in Roethlisberger returning for an 18th season in Pittsburgh.

37 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger met with Art Rooney II today

  1. Ben didn’t have a bad year last year… if I were him I’d tell them good luck winning with scrubs like Rudolph like they didn’t do in 2019

  2. Why would they want him back? This is insane. He needs to retire right now. It’s not going to end well.

  3. He never actually said he’d take a pay cut. Go back and read his comment. He said he didn’t care about his pay. Could mean all kinds of things like “I don’t care if they turn it all into a signing bonus as part of an extension.”

  4. He is going to get paid every penny owed from these fools. Not his fault he is getting older and the backup position or future prospects aren’t on the team.

  5. Why not bring him back. He had good stats, won the division. He’s there best shot to win a sb now

  6. Steelers are just kicking the can down the road if they keep him. Better make the change and get younger at QB, sooner rather than later. You’re gonna have a drop-off regardless..see: Patriots.

  7. Ben had arguably the best statistical season on his career with 33 tds to 10 ints and the last time they won the SB he had 17 ts to 15 ints and the media and fans think hes done?

    Any team that has a qb that throws 33 td to 10 ints may have problems, but it aint at the qb position. Look at your defense is since your qb is throw 3x as many tds to ints.

  8. You can’t keep an aging quarterback who played only a good half season. Look at Ben’s playoff stats. They lost like five of their last six games. Whether the fans will admit it or not, he’s holding the team back.

  9. The Steelers never want to commit to a rebuild. They haven’t had a losing season since 2003. They haven’t finished last in their division since 1988 (having the Browns and Bengals around helped that). They’ve “earned” 1 top-ten draft pick in the last 30 years. They hang their hat on always being at least sort of good. Diminished Roethlisberger gives them that. They’ll give him a BS extension to push the cap number down and put off the future for another year.

  10. Hope may spring eternal but youth does not. Time waits for no one. Some, like Brady may delay it for a while, but time always wins. As an old guy, I can still do many, ok some, of the things I did in my younger years, but I can’t do them over and over again. Big Ben looked ok the first part of the season, but, like Brees, he looked his age at the end. And played like it. The hits Wilson took year in and year out seemingly did not affect his play, until now in his 9th season. He did not look well the last third of the season. While showing off a few years ago, Bret Farve showed he could still make all the throws and said that he could still play. He paused, then said as long as they don’t hit him. Big Ben is going to get hit, a lot, if he continues to play.

  11. “jasons81 says:

    February 23, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Ben didn’t have a bad year last year… if I were him I’d tell them good luck winning with scrubs like Rudolph like they didn’t do in 2019”

    I agree. Ben wasn’t the problem last season. It was the O line that started struggling that caused the breakdown in the last quarter of the season. Ben was doing well till they started weakening down the stretch. That’s also why the run game started to suffer. I’m also getting a little tired of hearing that Rudolph should get a shot at being Ben’s successor. He had that shot in 2019 and lost his starting job to a guy that went undrafted. He’s been in the league for 4 years and he’s still a “Developmental QB”. No. Stick with Ben for one more year, see if you can somehow grab a QB in the draft (pick one the pundits keep talking about) go from there.

    I agree..

  12. I really don’t get all the hate for Ben. When he plays the Steelers have a far greater chance to win. If he throws short, he can’t throw deep any more. When he throws deep, he’s too risky. Give it a rest. I hope he comes back because he makes the Steelers and the league better.

  13. jr4real says:
    February 23, 2021 at 2:55 pm
    draft or trade for 2 OL and they will win the division.
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    The Steelers won’t be able to field the same team in 2021. The have cap issues. 2 OL? You’d better hope one has the immediate impact that recently retired Pouncey had. You know, nine Pro Bowls. It seems like every team is just a player or two away, then the season starts and reality sets in.

  14. jasons81 says:

    February 23, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Ben didn’t have a bad year last year… if I were him I’d tell them good luck winning with scrubs like Rudolph like they didn’t do in 2019

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    If they move on it’s not because they think they can win without him it’s that they dont think they can win/go any further than they just went WITH him.

  15. Disclaimer: Steelers fan here.

    The dude has made an ungodly $253,000,000 over the years (plus endorsements). If he is interested in doing a solid to the team, he’ll take a vet minimum salary to get surrounded with players that can get to the big game 1 more time; do it for the love of the game and winning. Otherwise – the Steelers need to cut bait and fish for the future.

    I get those who would say hey, Steelers, you signed the contract too, so pay the man his money…..I get that. But reality has to set in, and Ben is NOT a $41M QB at this point (was he ever??).

  16. Art Rooney —- “Ben you looked old and washed up last year And you make too much money this coming season. OK….Good talk…See ya later.”

  17. People are wondering what’s wrong with Ben? It’s his leasdership skills that don’t deserve the 41 million. When the Steelers were down 28-0 in the playoffs… Big Ben is just standing the the sideline by ‘himself’ with the usual “oh, well” look on his face. The guy who just won his 7 seventh super bowl got mad at his teammates for goofing around in the huddle being up 31-9 under 1 minute to play in the super bowl. Big Ben tales ever Wednesday off, yea cool you ‘deserve’ it Big Ben. It doesn’t show well to the others. The guy has never been a leader. In the early days Joey Porter had to ring him out in front of the team. The Steeler fan base was so hungry for a franchise QB they treated Big Ben like we was heaven sent, and Big Ben has enjoyed being treated like a God since.

  18. Yeah Ben had such a great season with one of the weakest schedules in the league. The second the schedule got tougher the true Ben showed up

  19. Ben will be back for one year no doubt, he was pretty damn good last year. Get him some bruising running backs and OL guys next year and then I hope he retires. They need to draft a quarterback because Rudolph isn’t it. The Steelers have been damn lucky to have Ben all these years. He’s a damn good quarterback.

  20. It’s just a theory, but look at the 2019 season when Ben wasn’t involved with the team for the entire year. No drama out of Steelers all year, just played football and were in the playoff hunt. Big Ben back this year full time in the locker room, drama ensues through Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith Schuster. Maybe Mike Tomlin isn’t he problem guys. Maybe Ben is. He holds more power over Mike Tomlin anyways. Big Ben is the last one of Cowhers players. You know, the guy who failed repeatedly in the playoffs. Perhaps the culture of the Steelers will change once Big Ben is gone. And Mike Tomlin isn’t fighting with the Old Guard

  21. Mike Tomlin:
    “Ben, we need you to go under center, our offence is becoming predictable”

    Ben looks at the Front Office

    Front Office:
    “Ben doesn’t go under center”

  22. ben should be traded to a tean that recently drafted a qb and help that qb from the bench.
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    not sure why starters retire when they would still make decent backups.

  23. 6burgh says:
    February 23, 2021 at 4:14 pm
    It’s just a theory, but look at the 2019 season when Ben wasn’t involved with the team for the entire year. No drama out of Steelers all year, just played football and were in the playoff hunt. Big Ben back this year full time in the locker room, drama ensues through Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith Schuster. Maybe Mike Tomlin isn’t he problem guys. Maybe Ben is. He holds more power over Mike Tomlin anyways. Big Ben is the last one of Cowhers players. You know, the guy who failed repeatedly in the playoffs. Perhaps the culture of the Steelers will change once Big Ben is gone. And Mike Tomlin isn’t fighting with the Old Guard
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    They also finished 27th in the league in points scored

  24. PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    February 23, 2021 at 4:23 pm
    6burgh says:
    February 23, 2021 at 4:14 pm
    It’s just a theory, but look at the 2019 season when Ben wasn’t involved with the team for the entire year. No drama out of Steelers all year, just played football and were in the playoff hunt. Big Ben back this year full time in the locker room, drama ensues through Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith Schuster. Maybe Mike Tomlin isn’t he problem guys. Maybe Ben is. He holds more power over Mike Tomlin anyways. Big Ben is the last one of Cowhers players. You know, the guy who failed repeatedly in the playoffs. Perhaps the culture of the Steelers will change once Big Ben is gone. And Mike Tomlin isn’t fighting with the Old Guard
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    They also finished 27th in the league in points scored

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    Cool. 2019 Steelers vs 2020 Steelers. No Super Bowl win. Look at 2001 Patriot team stats vs 2001 team stats. Did the culture of the team win or did the stats?

  25. Don’t like Ben as a person, never have. But some of the posters here are sniffing glue. Give the guy a little better O line and a running game and you have a better chance than most teams at the Super Bowl. You act like you have some other elite quarterback hidden somewhere to replace him with. You don’t. You have Mason Rudolph.

  26. Yes bring Ben back. He didn’t fall apart down the stretch. Please give him $41 Million of your cap

  27. Despite going 11-0 last season (and then collapsing), Big Ben was a shell of himself. Did well with the dink and dunk but couldn’t throw the ball down field. This may have been due to the elbow surgery which caused him to miss most of the previous season, father time, or maybe both. I wouldn’t be surprised if the steelers moved on from him. And management responsible for the 41M cap hit. You can only kick the can down the road so long and the bills come due.

  28. Ben is too old and beaten up to last a full season. He’s good in the first half or so of the season and then falls off rapidly as you get to the playoffs. They might (emphasis on might) make the playoffs again next season if they keep him, but they’ll have zero chance of winning the SB. It’s time for the Steelers to stop kicking the can down the road – they need to bite the bullet and either rebuild or make a trade for a QB. They are too proud an organization to just mail it in for an early playoff exit.

  29. It’s great to see the Stiller organization cling to its heroes…Long after their corpses begin to smell

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