Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert didn’t commit to Ben Roethlisberger as the team’s quarterback for 2021 in a news conference on Wednesday.
“As we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Colbert said. “He met with Coach (Mike) Tomlin, he met with (owner) Art Rooney (II), he met with myself shortly after the season ended and he reiterated to us that he wanted to continue to play and we told him quite frankly that we have to look at this current situation.”
Rooney previously said the quarterback’s return would be contingent on the two sides agreeing to a contract alteration. Roethlisberger’s current contract is set to be a $41 million cap hit for 2021 (including $19 million in bonuses).
Roethlisberger told The Athletic last month: “I don’t care about my pay at all this year.”
“Hopefully there is a way that we can try to figure out and try to do what’s best for the organization and do what’s best for Ben,” Colbert said. “Hopefully, he will see that and feel the same way we do but there is a lot of work that needs to be done not only with Ben but our whole unrestricted free-agent class and our whole cap situation as well.”
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