The saga involving veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers is seemingly nearing its inevitable conclusion.
On Tuesday, NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that Roethlisberger’s agent says the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will return to the membership for at the least yet another season:
Kinkhabwala’s tweet got here hours after Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Roethlisberger had met with Steelers president Art Rooney II and that the assembly “went well.”
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 ultimate look in a Pittsburgh jersey. His contract carries a $41.25 million salary-cap hit for the 2021 season, and the Steelers would undergo a $22.25 million useless cap hit in the event that they launched him.
The math 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 Super Bowl LV. While Kinkhabwala reported on Monday that some inside the Steelers need to “simply move forward” with out Roethlisberger as starting quarterback, that stopped being a legit 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.