Art Rooney II spoke with the media today about a number of topics. One topic came up about Ben Roethlisberger and his contract. So Art Rooney II decided to address the elephant in the room. Rooney said if Ben Roethlisberger wants to come back to the Steelers he will need to restructure his contract. The Steelers will not be able to bring him back with his current salary. Ben knows this. Art continued to say if they can agree to a contract alteration it sounds like Ben Roethlisberger will be back for the 2021 season.
Art Rooney II on Ben Roethlisberger: "We'd like to see Ben back for another year if that can work. There's a lot of work to be done to see if that can happen. There may need to be decisions made of both sides for that to happen."
Rooney feels the Steelers owe it to Ben for him to write his own end of his story. This is a much different tone than the Steelers are taking compared to what happened with Troy Polamalu.
It is being reported by Gerry Dulac that Ben Roethlisberger and his agent Ryan Tollner have already approached the Steelers about restructuring his contract and helping the Steelers any way he can. Ben says he doesn't care about his pay at all in 2021.