The Pittsburgh Steelers saga continues in regards to Ben Roethlisberger. They're currently negotiating a restructure to Ben's Contract hit of $41 million in 2021. No doubt the Steelers need to get this offseason right in regards to their cap situation going forward because they will need to resign TJ Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Devin Bush in the near future. Ben has been with the Pittsburgh Steelers for almost 18 seasons now and the Steelers organization has started swimming in uncharted waters this offseason.
Right now there is a standoff between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger.
Aditi on Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers: “Nothing has changed since GM Kevin Colbert was still lukewarm a week ago,” Kinkhabwala said. “This is essentially turning into a really big game of chicken in Pittsburgh where the Steelers are almost daring Ben Roethlisberger to say something back. Ben Roethlisberger has already said what he wants to stay, which is that he wants to come back and play for the Steelers. That he’s willing to work with the Steelers on ameliorating that $41 million cap hit, that he will indeed play for the $19 million that he’s owed. He’s not going to look for a raise, and now it’s the Steelers’ turn.”
Essentially the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger are playing a game of chicken right now daring him to say something back to them according to the NFL Network. It is also being reported the reason why the Steelers have been hesitant on making a move in regards to Ben Roethlisberger is because of inner turmoil happening within the organization.
More Aditi on Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers: “But here’s the thing, the Steelers are not in consensus on what to do. From what I’ve been told, there is a very, very strong feeling in that building that it is time to simply move forward. While the Steelers still have Ben Roethlisberger, there is a bit of a limbo. Because even though there is a new offensive coordinator and a new quarterbacks coach, Ben Roethlisberger likes to play a particular way and that does not necessarily mesh with all the shifts and the motions that that new offensive coordinator Matt Canada would like to incorporate.”
It is unclear if the Steelers are rushing to make a decision on Ben Roethlisberger, but there is a strong feeling inside the organization that it is time to move on from their legendary quarterback. Again this is going to play the Steelers in uncharted territory because they have no had a starting quarterback in 18 seasons. This story is starting to sound very similar to what the Pittsburgh Steelers did to Troy Polamalu.