Roethlisberger's re-worked contract with the Steelers frees up about $15 million in immediate salary cap space for the team, NFL.com's Nick Shook reports.
Roethlisberger, whose 2021 salary went from $19 million to $14 million per his new agreement, had been slated to carry a $41.25 million cap hit this coming season. The veteran QB's restructured deal helps the Steelers salary cap situation as free agency approaches and should help the franchise better address its needs at other positions.
The Steelers have signed Roethlisberger to a new contract for the 2021 season.
While the details of his 2021 compensation have yet to be released, it's assumed that the QB's existing contract was re-worked in order to reduce his salary cap hit, which was previously scheduled to be $41.25 million. With Roethlisberger's services having been secured for the coming season, the Steelers will now have decisions to make with regard to other key offensive cogs, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and RB James Conner, who are both eligible to become free agents later this month.
Steelers president Art Rooney II said Wednesday that Roethlisberger will stay with the team for 2021, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Rooney met with Roethlisberger on Tuesday and released a statement about the franchise quarterback Wednesday. While his statement acknowledges that Roethlisberger's contract situation still needs to be addressed, Rooney all but confirmed that the soon-to-be 39-year-old will be the Steelers' starting quarterback for at least one more season. Roethlisberger is currently scheduled for a $41.25 million cap hit in 2021, the second season of a two-year extension. Reducing his cap charge requires either a pay cut or another extension, though the latter wouldn't necessarily mean Roethlisberger intends to play beyond 2021. Meanwhile, the Steelers have four offensive stars scheduled for free agency this offseason -- wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, running back James Conner, left tackle Alejandro Villanueva and right tackle Matt Feiler.
Roethlisberger is expected to be the Steelers' starting quarterback in 2021, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports. "[The Steelers] want Ben back and will contact me soon to address his cap situation," Roethlisberger's agent Ryan Tollner said. "We are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible."
As it stands, Roethlisberger will carry a $41.25 million cap hit, but he has already signaled that he's willing to restructure his deal to bring that number down as the Steelers look to defend their AFC North title. In his first season after elbow surgery, Roethlisberger was clearly less than 100 percent, particularly with the deep ball. He still completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,803 yards (6.3 YPA), 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Roethlisberger turns 39 years old in March, and there's a good chance that he enters the 2021 season without JuJu Smith-Schuster, which would leave Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and James Washington as his top three pass-catchers.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert didn't give a strong endorsement for Roethlisberger being the team's starting quarterback in 2021, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. "As we sit here, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers," Colbert said Wednesday. " He reiterated to us that he wants to continue to play. We told him we have to look at this current situation."
Roethlisberger hasn't publicly declared his intention to play another season, but he strongly hinted at it in late January, when he said he "doesn't care" about his 2021 compensation and is willing to restructure his contract to help the Steelers stay under the salary cap. He's scheduled for a $41 million cap hit, and while the Steelers shouldn't have too much trouble lowering that number, it might have a cost in terms of future cap ramifications. Colbert seemingly prefers to keep all options on the table, though Roethlisberger sticking around for another year remains the most likely scenario.
Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of The Athletic that he "doesn't care" about his 2021 compensation and is willing to restructure his contract to help the Steelers stay under the salary cap.
Roethlisberger certainly won't play for free, but it sounds like he wants to work something out to lower his $41 million cap hit for 2021. It'll be the second and final season of a two-year extension, so reducing the cap charge requires another extension or an outright pay cut. Details aside, Roethlisberger's comments on Thursday give us a solid hint he intends to play at least one more season, assuming he can work a deal out with the Steelers. Meanwhile, Steelers owner Art Rooney II said the veteran quarterback will need to make contract concessions if he wants to stay in Pittsburgh for another year, according to Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com.
There's reportedly optimism within the Pittsburgh organization that Roethlisberger will return to the team in 2021, Adam Maya of NFL.com reports.
With that in mind, coach Mike Tomlin noted this past week that a Roethlisberger return would be welcomed by the team. If the veteran QB does stick around for the 2021 campaign he'd be working with a new offensive coordinator, with Randy Fichtner no longer on the job. Per the report, Roethlisberger's deal for the upcoming campaign is for $19 million but carries a hefty $41 million salary cap hit. That said, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo suggests that "Big Ben and the Steelers shouldn't have issues alleviating that figure."
Roethlisberger completed 47 of 68 pass attempts for 501 passing yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in Sunday's 48-37 loss to Cleveland in the wild-card round.
Roethlisberger and the Steelers got off to an absolutely dreadful start, as the offense failed to score a point on the team's first six drives of the game, with four of those drives shortened by miscues involving the quarterback (three interceptions and a botched snap). Cleveland capitalized on seemingly every Pittsburgh mistake, going up 28-0 with plenty of time left in the first quarter. The fact that Roethlisberger was able to will his team back into striking distance in the second half certainly deserves praise. It's also a sign -- in addition to his 3,803 passing yards and 33 touchdowns during the regular season -- that the 38-year-old still has some life left in his surgically repaired arm. The 47 completions were the most ever in an NFL game (regular season or playoffs) and the 68 attempts established the postseason mark. If Roethlisberger has the desire to continue playing -- he remains under contract for the 2021 season -- he can still post usable fantasy numbers in this pass-happy offense with a bevy of talented pass catchers surrounding him.
Roethlisberger (not injury related) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Roethlisberger sat out the regular-season finale against the Browns last weekend, but his absence was always viewed as precautionary with the playoffs on the horizon. With Roethlisberger off the report entirely to begin the current week, he's officially in the clear heading into Sunday's wild-card round rematch with Cleveland. Roethlisberger will have history on his side Sunday, as he owns a 24-2-1 career record in his starts versus the Browns.
The Steelers officially ruled Roethlisberger (not injury related) out for Sunday's game against the Browns.
After head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Mason Rudolph would start the regular-season finale while Roethlisberger rested, the only question that remained was whether the veteran signal-caller would dress for the Week 17 contest as an emergency backup. Now that the Steelers have confirmed that Roethlisberger will be inactive this weekend, Joshua Dobbs is in line to serve as Rudolph's understudy.
Coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday that Roethlisberger won't play Sunday at Cleveland, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.
The Steelers will opt to get Roethlisberger some rest before the playoffs, turning to Mason Rudolph for the final game of the regular season. Roethlisberger's next appearance will come in the wild-card round against an opponent to be determined.
Roethlisberger completed 34 of 49 pass attempts for 342 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.
Roethlisberger struggled early but finished with a stellar 69.4 percent completion rate and averaged 7.0 yards per attempt for the first time in six games. He threw second-half touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Eric Ebron to help his team complete a come-from-behind victory against one of the best defensive units in the AFC. The veteran struggled mightily in Monday's surprise loss to the Bengals, so this was a tremendous bounce-back effort for the Steelers and fantasy managers alike. Roethlisberger will look to finish the regular season strong in next Sunday's finale against the Browns.
Roethlisberger (non-injury related) received a veteran's day off at Wednesday's practice, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Roethlisberger has regularly begun his practice weeks with rest days, so his availability for Sunday's game against the Colts doesn't appear to be in any question. That said, the poor form Roethlisberger has showed in recent weeks will make him difficult to trust in fantasy lineups, especially with a matchup on tap with a tough Colts pass defense. During Pittsburgh's three-game losing streak, Roethlisberger has completed only 57.8 percent of his throws for 5.2 yards per attempt and a 5:4 TD:INT.
Roethlisberger didn't practice Wednesday, Dale Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Roethlisberger is likely just getting a day off to rest his joints after he attempted 38 passes in Monday's loss to the Bengals. While there doesn't seem to be an injury concern here, there's certainly reason to be worried about Roethlisberger and the entire Pittsburgh offense, which has failed to crack 20 points in any of its last four games. The Steelers have a matchup on tap with a stingy Colts defense Week 16.
Roethlisberger completed 20 of 38 passes for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Monday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals. He also rushed twice for minus-1 yard and lost one of two fumbles.
Roethlisberger got off to an excruciatingly slow start, completing six of 15 passes for seven yards with a fumble and an interception over Pittsburgh's first seven possessions. A meaningless 12-yard completion on 3rd-and-18 to cap the Steelers' eighth and final drive of the first half accounted for more than half of his yardage, but Big Ben still finished five yards short of his previous career low for a half (24). He bounced back with a 23-yard touchdown to Diontae Johnson in the third quarter but chucked four consecutive incompletions when the Steelers needed a touchdown to tie the game late in the fourth. Roethlisberger became the seventh player to reach 60,000 passing yards on a fourth-quarter completion to Chase Claypool, but that accomplishment will feel bittersweet following the Steelers' third consecutive loss and fourth straight game scoring fewer than 20 points. Given Pittsburgh's recent tailspin, fantasy managers should consider alternatives at quarterback for their Week 16 championship games, as Roethlisberger's been stuck in low gear heading into a date with the stingy Colts defense.
Roethlisberger wants to continue playing in 2021, league sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Roethlisberger has contemplated retirement in previous years, but as his 17th professional season nears its end, the quarterback doesn't appear to be considering stepping away from the game just yet. The 38-year-old remains under contract through 2021, the final season of the two-year, $68 million extension he inked in April 2019. After missing most of the 2019 campaign while recovering from elbow surgery, Roethlisberger has suited up in all 13 games for the 11-2 Steelers, completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 6.3 yards per attempt and a 29:9 TD:INT.
Roethlisberger completed 21 of 37 pass attempts for 187 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 26-15 loss to Buffalo.
Roethlisberger and the Steelers took their second consecutive loss of the season, but unlike in last week's defeat to Washington, the gunslinger was unable to get any sort of offensive rhythm going against a Bills defense that was clicking on all cylinders. Pittsburgh was nearly held scoreless for the entirety of the first half before Big Ben connected with JuJu Smith-Schuster late in the second quarter. This was arguably the 38-year-old's worst fantasy output this year, which actually showcases the high level he has been playing at in his 17th season as a pro. Roethlisberger will be primed for a bounce-back performance in a favorable matchup against the Bengals on Monday Night Football in Week 15.
Roethlisberger completed 33 of 53 passes for 305 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Monday's 23-17 loss to Washington.
Roethlisberger connected with eight different pass catchers to top 300 yards for the fourth time this season. His biggest play came on a 50-yard touchdown to James Washington, but he also found favorite target Diontae Johnson for a three-yard score to open the game. Unfortunately, one of Roethlisberger's final passes was batted into the air before being intercepted, giving him a pick in three straight games. A tough matchup against the Bills awaits in Week 14.
Roethlisberger (knee) is listed as active Monday against Washington, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
For maintenance-related reasons, the Steelers listed Roethlisberger as a non-participant on each of their official injury reports this week. Still, his ability to practice Sunday in some capacity indicated an absence Monday wasn't in the cards, per Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Indeed, Roethlisberger will be out there versus Washington's second-ranked pass defense (194.6 yards per game).
Roethlisberger (knee) participated in practice Sunday and is in line to play Monday against Washington, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Roethlisberger was listed as a non-participant on all three of the Steelers' official injury reports this week, which was done for maintenance-related reasons. Still, there wasn't much worry in Pittsburgh about the veteran quarterback's odds to suit up Monday, and his ability to fit in some on-field work Sunday backs up that optimism. Look for Roethlisberger's status to be clarified about 90 minutes before Monday's 5:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
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