When the Steelers fell to the Cleveland Browns in the Wild-Card round there was much speculation in regards to Ben Roethlisberger's future with the organization. Although everyone knew he had another year left on his contract many questioned whether he would retire. Most of those questions have been answered so far, but the Steelers are scheduled to meet next week about Ben's future with the Steelers organization.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers decided to take some time apart before discussing his future with the Steelers next week according to ESPN. It was smart on both sides to leave their emotions out of the negotiations. It was even smarter for Ben Roethlisberger to shut down all speculation in regards to his future by not discussing it right after the Browns game.
Art Rooney II on Ben Roethlisberger: "I think we've been upfront with Ben in letting him know that we couldn't have him back under the current contract," Rooney said last week. "I think he understands we have some work to do there. We'll have more conversations internally and we'll have more conversations with Ben, and we'll have to know what the cap number is to finalize some of those decisions."
Ben has made it clear he would like to return back to the Steelers for his 18th season. He hopes the organization will want him back but knows he will need to take a pay cut in order for that to happen. So Jeremy Fowler has reported they plan on meeting after the Super Bowl. Ed Bouchette has also reported, "I just don't know if this is all going to work out, and I've been told it still might not."
The only people that know how this will play out is Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers organization, but if they cannot come to terms then it would be the end of an era in Pittsburgh.