Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is willing to renegotiate salary; President Art Rooney II said franchise could not afford to keep the player on agreed money for 2021; Roethlisberger is due to be paid $41.25m next season
Last Updated: 29/01/21 6:45am
Ben Roethlisberger would be willing to adjust his wages after Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II said the team couldn’t afford to keep the quarterback at his contracted salary-cap hit for 2021 if he did not.
On Thursday, Rooney said Roethlisberger’s 18th season with the Steelers would not come with the contracted $41.25m salary-cap hit. He is due to earn $19m next season, with $4m in salary and $15m coming as a roster bonus on the third day of the 2021 league year.
Roethlisberger, who turns 39 in March, threw for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 15 games this season. The two-time Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowl selection said after Pittsburgh’s wild-card playoff loss to Cleveland on January 10 that he has not made a decision about his future.
“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 on Thursday. “I don’t care about my pay at all this year.”
Roethlisberger threw for 501 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions in the 48-37 postseason defeat against the Browns.
“We’ve left that door open,” Rooney said. “We’ve been up front with Ben in letting him know that we couldn’t have him back under the current contract.”
Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner later reiterated to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the long-time Steelers star would be amenable to making things work for the team.
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“Ben knows he has more left, but having key players back, like (Maurkice) Pouncey, will be important,” Tollner told the Gazette. “Ben’s contract won’t hold things up. We told them immediately after the season we will make any necessary adjustment to help their cap situation in 2021.”
Roethlisberger has thrown for 60,348 yards with 396 touchdowns and 201 interceptions in 233 career games since Pittsburgh selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft.
Former Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers last week. The transaction was seen as a low-risk move by the Steelers, who also have Mason Rudolph under contract while fellow quarterback Josh Dobbs is set for free agency.
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