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Ben Roethlisberger didn’t end the season the way he had hoped, and now his future with the Pittsburgh Steelers is in doubt.
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger has yet to meet with the Steelers, despite saying he is open to restructuring his contract.
The Steelers already lost longtime center and Maurkice Pouncey, who has opted for retirement. Roethlisberger and Pouncey are tight.
“I didn’t feel right trying to talk him out of it,” Roethlisberger said, via Dulac. “I’m still processing him retiring. That’s hard for me.”
Roethlisberger’s cap hit for next season currently stands at $41.25 million for next season — and the Steelers are already over the cap by about $30 million. His deal, as currently constructed, also calls for a $15 million bonus March 15.
Roethlisberger, 38, told Ed Bouchette of The Athletic last month that he will take a pay cut next season to return to Pittsburgh and help the team’s financial situation.
“I want to do everything I can and made that very clear to (management) from the very beginning that it was my idea to basically help the team however I can,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t care about my pay at all this year.”