Art Rooney II would like Ben Roethlisberger back, need to work out contract

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Steelers president Art Rooney has released a statement about Tuesday’s meeting with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about Roethlisberger’s return for the 2021 season.

Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner said Tuesday that Rooney expressed a desire to have the quarterback back for an 18th season in Pittsburgh. Rooney confirmed that on Wednesday while noting that there’s still some work to do to ensure that he remains with the Steelers.

“Ben Roethlisberger and I met yesterday morning and we had a productive meeting,” Rooney said. “We were able to discuss a lot of things that relate to where we are and where we want to go. Ben assured me that he is committed to coming back to help us win, and I told Ben that we would like to have him back to help us win a championship. We both understand the next step is to work out Ben’s contract situation.”

Roethlisberger is set to have a cap number of $41.25 million in 2021. That could be addressed with an extension that converts most of his $19 million in compensation into a signing bonus while tacking dummy years onto his pact in order to spread that hit out over several years.

That’s a rather straightforward way of handling the contract situation that could be handled without much stress. Things would get more complicated if the Steelers would prefer to pare down that compensation without kicking too much of the can further down the road.

25 responses to “Art Rooney II would like Ben Roethlisberger back, need to work out contract

  1. 4000 yards, 33 touchdowns and only 10 picks, it looks good on paper but it didn’t look good last year actually seeing it, time to move on

  2. Easy choice to bring him back.

    Largely the D is back except for Dupree who was gone and replaced by Highsmith, the rookie, who did a good job. Can’t waste that defense because some of those guys like Heyward and Haden will be on the back nine soon.

    Team knows what it’s like not to have Ben. With a great defense in ’19 and a Ben-less offense after week 2, they still finished 8-8 and were 8-5 before the QB play finally crashed and burned with what they had left there.

  3. Balsagna says:
    February 24, 2021 at 9:43 am
    As a Browns fan, this is incredible news.
    Agreed. The QB with the 2nd most career wins in the Brown’s home stadium will play another season.

  4. I wonder what season everyone else was watching last year. Roethlisberger was 12-3 as a starter with the league’s worst running game. He led a comeback from 24-7 down to clinch the division. He threw 33 touchdown’s and led 4 fourth quarter comebacks. The first quarter offense, scripted by the coordinator, was the worst in the league. Ben is no longer a top 5 QB, but he is clearly still a top 15 QB and maybe knocking on the door of top 10. Browns, Bengals, and Ravens fans are all excited to have the guy back who won the division last year. Be careful what you wish for.

  5. Just as I could not imagine Brady in a different uniform, the same goes for Roethlisberger. This is the Nfl, though, where anything is possible.

  6. Even the most die hard Steelers fans can’t possibly believe that Ben going to help them win a championship. Whatever window he had was slammed shut years ago.

  7. the problem with an extension is don’t you just take the cap hit in a year or two then? Sounds to me like they basically want him to take a major pay cut, or else they want to move on and just know they will stink for a year while they collect the capital to get a long term answer.

  8. It still makes me laugh year after year, all the Steeler haters who think they know better than one of the best run teams in History. I have faith in Mr. Rooney, Colbert and Tomlin.

  9. The Steelers are on the decline, and this is another bad decision by Art the 2nd. His first horrible decision was not firing Tomlin. He squandered away Ben’s best years, and he’s wasted the best talent in the AFC year after year with his inability to coach up his players when it’s mattered the most. Now they have a depleted roster, and an old quarterback who’s arm, and body are shot

  10. He should come back after a restructure.

    Trust me—you don’t want to see Cam Newton walk through that door. It’s very sobering when you don’t realize what you have until
    It’s gone.

  11. Ben last year seemed like Brees the last few years where he started out fantastic and just kinda wore down as the season went on. The stats look great, but the actual quality of play suffered dramatically. They were 11-0 and ended the season 12-4, and lost 5 of their last 6 games to end the season in the playoffs. I wouldn’t be shocked if Ben came out and looked great in Sept and Oct next year before falling off as it gets colder, the season drags on and he starts breaking down physically again.

  12. Bad news for the rest of the afc division. Last I remember the Steelers won the division last year.

  13. Depleted roster? Injuries play a huge part of the NFL and the Steelers D got hit hard and look what they did thru the first 10 games. They need to rebuild the O line fast to open up the run and give Ben more time to pass…..they put themselves in a deep hole with Ben’s contract trying to avoid the inevitable. It’s time to be bad for a year or two to rebuild being mediocre good is not enough.

  14. Everyone runs down Bens stats yet no one mentions dropped passes and head coach Tomlin game plan of throwing underneath till way late in game when Ben was allowed to throw deep when percentage is always less. Once again make Ben the scape goat when all know Tomlins over rated coaching style shows up in December and January.

  15. Captain check down is back baby who needs play action RPo motion in your offense when you got Ben. QB sneak never heard of her. Film study I got a rocket scientist breaking it down for me. Practice coach I am good no Wednesday for me. You see I went 1/4 down the stretch with 13 tds and 9 interceptions could not fall on a bad snap but I got that fire

  16. Rooney is only interested because they have literally no one else. Big Ben’s arm is shot, but Mason Rudolph isn’t the answer.

  17. No way Big Ben can get through a full NFL season. Any team that wants him is making a Big Mistake.

  18. Scared of a rebuild apparently. They need to see what they have in Mason Rudolph and possibly Dwayne Haskins, sooner rather than later.

  19. AFC North Champs after having their bye week moved at week 3 causing a 38 year old qb to play 14 weeks in a row and games scheduled all over the place. Seems like they are a team that adapts and overcomes. Many others would have folded. They did not. 31 teams went home not winning the Superbowl. Give Ben a running game and they win the division again. The rest of the division should worry about that.

  20. Ben still has a good year or two left. Think about the fact that two pro bowl caliber linebackers went down in Bush and Dupree. Joe Haden was hurt most of the year.

    Count all of the balls that the WRs dropped, some in the end zone; look at Tomlin’s decision making when you have 4th and a yard, down to the Browns, and he punts??? I’ve seen him run a play on 4th down with more yardage to go.

    And let’s not forget that both Colbert and Tomlin knew we needed a running back and failed to do so. Love James Conner, he’s a stand up guy, but he is not your number 1 running back. Give Ben the RB he needs and his WRs going into their 2nd year and it’s a different story altogether.

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