The Pittsburgh Steelers want quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to return for the 2021 season.
According to Aditi Kinkhabwala, Big Ben’s agent released a statement following the quarterback’s Tuesday meeting with the ownership, and stated in part, “They want Ben back and will contact me soon to address his cap situation. As we’ve shared since the season ended, we are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible.” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
You can read the full statement below.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) February 23, 2021
I’m not sure there were a lot of people who thought Big Ben wouldn’t be back, but it now sounds like it’s going to be a done deal.
Ben Roethlisberger just told me: “I don’t care bout my pay at all this year!” And is willing to restructure a contract that has a $41 million cap hit for 2021 that includes $19 million in bonus and salary that can be restructured.
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) January 28, 2021
In order for him to stick around in Pittsburgh, that number is going to need to go way down, and Big Ben has made it crystal clear he’s okay with that.
He wants to keep playing for the Steelers and is willing to take a pay cut to do it.
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So, for anyone who was worried Big Ben might play elsewhere in 2021, you can all breathe easy.