Steelers team president Art Rooney II met with Ben Roethlisberger on Tuesday. The meeting went well, according to a later report.
Apparently, the meaning of “the meeting went well” is that both parties agreed to give it another chance.
Ryan Tollner, the quarterback’s agent, told NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala that the Steelers “i want ben back and will contact me soon to address your cap situation. As we have shared since the season ended, we are happy to creatively adjust their contract to help them build the best team possible. A year ago, Ben wasn’t sure he could pitch again, but he struggled to claim 12 wins and the eighth division title of his career. They lost steam on the section and that doesn’t suit him, so the fire is burning strong and there’s a lot of gasoline in the tank. “
The Steelers will have to rework Roethlisberger’s contract, which calls for a salary cap of $ 41.25 million by 2021. Roethlisberger has already said he is willing to work with the team to make it work, which means a pay cut of some kind.
The Steelers raised questions about whether they wanted Roethlisberger to return last week. General manager Kevin Colbert did not commit to Roethlisberger playing season 18 with the team.
Roethlisberger, who will turn 39 next month, remains the team’s top pick at the position despite his age and his discharge late last season. In the last five regular-season games he played, Roethlisberger threw nine touchdowns and had six turnovers while the Steelers went just 2-3.
Roethlisberger then threw four touchdowns and four interceptions in a playoff loss to the Browns.
But Roethlisberger’s return prevents the Steelers from seeking a starting quarterback this offseason when they face the salary cap or handing over the reins to Mason Rudolph, who is 5-4 in his starting career.