Two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger has acknowledged that he is willing to do everything he can in order to help the Pittsburgh Steelers, even if that means taking a pay cut in the offseason. Roethlisberger is scheduled to earn $41.2 million next season and it could create cap issues for the Steelers as the salary cap is getting decreased due to COVID-19.
"i want to do everything I can and made that very clear to them from the very beginning that it was my idea to basically help the team however I can this year," Roethlisberger told The Athletic. Roethlisberger performed bad toward the end of the regular season and in the playoffs as the Steelers lost in the wild-card round on their home field to the Cleveland Browns.
Roethlisberger received a lot of criticism for his late-season form. "Ben wants to come back," Steelers President and CEO Art Rooney ll said on Thursday during his season wrap-up zoom call. "We've left that door open.
"I think we've been up front with Ben in letting him know that we couldn't have him back under the current contract. I think he understands we have some work to do there. We'll have more conversations internally, and we'll have more conversations with Ben, and we'll have to know what the cap number is to finalize some of those decisions."
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"With Ben, we owe it to him to have a conversation about how he wants to end his career, and we intend to do that." The Steelers are willing to give Roethlisberger one more year to go out on his own terms but it would require a contract restructure.
"I think that those are discussions we'll have with Ben and his representative," Rooney said of possibilities to massage Roethlisberger's contract. "It takes two to figure that out, and whether we can agree with what he wants, we'll just have to see."
The Steelers currently have three quarterbacks signed but Rooney has made it clear they intend to add a fourth as well. "I think when you look at our room, we'll have to add somebody to the room this offseason," Rooney said.
"We'll look at all the opportunities we have to do that." Also, Rooney expects Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert to come back for the next season. "I feel like Kevin is going to come back, but who knows," Rooney said.