Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has revealed that Ben Roethlisberger has indicated that he wants to return for the next season but that doesn't mean the Steelers want him for 2021. Roethlisberger, who will soon turn 39, has a $41.2 million cap hit for the 2021 season and the Steelers underlined to him that his current contract was untenable "As we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers," Colbert said, per ESPN.
".. He reiterated that to us that he wants to continue to play, and we told him quite frankly we have to look at this current situation. ... With Ben's current cap number, some adjustment will have to be made." After starting the season 11-0, the Steelers lost three of their last four regular season games and also lost to the Cleveland Browns in the wildcard round.
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"Ben Roethlisberger is on the team," Colbert said. "Ben Roethlisberger did a lot of really good things last year. We anticipate that he could still do some good things going forward.
"Hopefully there's a way that we can try to figure out and do what's best for the organization and do what's best for Ben. Hopefully he'll be able to see that and feel the same way we do. There's a lot of work that needs to be done, not only with Ben, with the whole unrestricted free-agent class and our whole cap situation as well."
Sports around the world have suffered financial hits due to COVID-19. "We were all dealt a loss through the pandemic, and we have to deal with that accordingly. And we will," Colbert said. "It's not unique to us.
Two-thirds of the league is facing similar issues. How that all comes together in the next few weeks, we'll continue to look at it. "It is first and foremost financially because we have to be in compliance. Then we're making guesstimates as to what we can do to put the best team together for our sake and for Ben's sake.
What kind of team can he anticipate being around him if we decide we can move forward together." The Steelers hope to retain as much as possible of their free agents for the next season. "It's an ongoing process," Colbert said.
"It just doesn't involve him. It involves the players around him. I'm sure he's going to want to see what type of team we can keep together under our current situation. Hopefully we can all make the correct adjustments to keep the group together as much as possible."