The saga involving veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers is seemingly nearing its inevitable conclusion.
On Tuesday, NFL Community’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that Roethlisberger’s agent says the two-time Tremendous Bowl champion quarterback will return to the membership for a minimum of yet another season:
Kinkhabwala’s tweet got here hours after Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Publish-Gazette reported that Roethlisberger had met with Steelers president Art Rooney II and that the assembly “went effectively.”
Roethlisberger turns 39 years previous subsequent month however, by all accounts, doesn’t need the house playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns final month to be his closing look in a Pittsburgh jersey. His contract carries a $41.25 million salary-cap hit for the 2021 season, and the Steelers would endure a $22.25 million lifeless cap hit in the event that they launched him.
The mathematics coupled with Roethlisberger’s alleged need to play subsequent fall at all times made a restructuring of his present deal to unfold cap hits throughout a number of years the logical final result to a narrative that has dominated Pittsburgh sports activities headlines since even earlier than Tremendous Bowl LV. Whereas Kinkhabwala reported on Monday that some inside the Steelers wish to “merely transfer ahead” with out Roethlisberger as beginning quarterback, that stopped being a official possibility the minute he eliminated retirement from the dialogue.
For higher or for worse for all concerned, Roethlisberger is monitoring to be Pittsburgh’s QB1 for Week 1 of the 2021 marketing campaign.