There has been plenty of back and forth about the future of two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and whether he’s taken his last snap in the city of Pittsburgh.
If you listen to his agent, the gunslinger sounds like he’s got one more ride left in him.
Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner stated on Tuesday that his client is not only going to be back in Pittsburgh in 2021, but he will do it as the starting quarterback for the Steelers. The team went 12-4 and won the AFC North in 2020 before bowing out in the Wild Card game to the Cleveland Browns.
Tollner and Roethlisberger met with Art Rooney II on Tuesday, and it sounds like the two sides are in agreement that the quarterback will return in 2021 and that now they just have to figure out a way to bring him back without crippling the Steelers salary cap.
Roethlisberger will make $4 million in a base salary, but it’s the massive $41 million dollar cap hit that the team has to find a way to work around.
Ian Rapoport said on NFL Total Access Tuesday that it’s all about making the numbers make sense for both sides.
“That is something that is expected to be worked out. … This is expected to happen, so Roethlisberger is going to be back with the Steelers for 2021, just gotta make the numbers work, which should happen shortly.”
Tollner said Tuesday to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala that the team wants the quarterback back and that Roethlisberger wants to be back in the Steel City.
“They want Ben back and will contact me soon to address his cap situation,” Tollner said.
“As we’ve shared since the season ended, we are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible.
“A year ago, Ben wasn’t sure if he could throw again, but he battled back to get 12 wins and the eighth division title of his career. They lost steam down the stretch and that doesn’t sit well for him, so the fire burns strong and there is plenty of gas in the tank.”
Last season, Roethlisberger helped the Steelers get off to an 11-0 start before things fell apart for the team.
He ended the season throwing for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns and 10 picks with a 94.1 quarterback rating.