What’s going to happen between the Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the next three weeks? While no one knows for sure at this point, there is certainly no lack of speculation about what could happen and especially after what Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said and did not say about Roethlisberger’s possible future status with the team when he spoke to the media last week for nearly 30 minutes. In fact, one member of the national media seems to interpret the current situation between the Steelers and Roethlisberger as a big game of chickens right now. That person is Aditi Kinkhabwala from the NFL Network.
“This is essentially turning into a big chicken game here in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers are almost challenging Ben Roethlisberger to say something,” Kinkhabwala said Monday during an NFL Network segment on Roethlisberger. And Ben Roethlisberger has already said what he means, which is that he wants to come back and play for the Steelers. That he’s willing to work with the Steelers to improve on that $ 41 million salary cap hit. That he will actually pay the $ 19 million owed to him You will not seek any kind of increase. And now it’s the Steelers’ turn. “
Personally, I think this is all nonsense. A chicken game? Seriously? That’s my opinion. It seems so dramatized right now, but it’s just me. Feel free to call me crazy.
However, Kinkhabwala did not stop there.
“The Steelers don’t agree on what to do,” Kinkhabwala continued. “From what I’ve been told, there’s a very, very strong feeling in that building that it’s time to just move on and that even though the Steelers still have Ben Roethlisberger, there’s a bit of limbo. Because even though there is a new offensive coordinator and there is a new quarterback coach, Ben Roethlisberger likes to play in a particular way and that doesn’t necessarily fit in with all the changes and motions that new offensive coordinator Matt Canada gives him. would like to incorporate. “
Strong feeling in the building? The only people in the Steelers building who matter are team president Art Rooney II, general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin. No, quarterback Mason Rudolph does not count as one person in the building.
So why maybe the two sides haven’t yet agreed on what the future of Roethlisberger is? Maybe it’s because really strong talks between the two sides have yet to take place. In fact, Kinkhabwala even admitted it on Twitter on Monday afternoon. Is this a big problem? Personally, I don’t think so. After all, there are still more than three weeks left before a decision needs to be made. The NFL has yet to set a cap for 2021.
How will things ultimately play out? I have my guess just like most of you have yours. Despite all that has been said or not said this offseason, my best prediction remains that Roethlisberger will play for the Steelers in 2021 and will still receive the $ 19 million that he still has to make, albeit through an extension that includes voidable years. Could my intuition be wrong? Sure it could.
I have no skin in the Roethlisberger game. If he doesn’t return in 2021, I will continue to cover the team in the same way that I have since 2008. If he returns for the 2021 season, I will do the same. In closing, I feel like all of this “talk” and “reporting” right now is highly fabricated right now to better sell a story. I can’t believe now that the negotiations between the Steelers and Roethlisberger have reached the same level as a chicken game to see who backs down first. And I apologize in advance to anyone who may offend with that opinion.