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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has ‘fire burning’ in him to return next season

Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is turning 39 in a couple of weeks’ time. He’s no spring chicken, and considering the myriad of injuries he’s had to endure throughout his decorated career, it isn’t surprising that talk of retirement has slowly crept in for the six-time Pro Bowl QB. As it turns out, however, Roethlisberger has no intention of calling it a career anytime soon.

Aditi Kinkhabwala recently spoke with Roethlisberger’s agent, Ryan Tollner, who confirmed that a new deal with the Steelers is now in the works:

“They want Ben back and will contact me soon to address his cap situation,” Tollner said. “As we’ve shared since the season ended, we are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible.”

As Tollner implied in his statement above, Roethlisberger appears to be willing to take less money in order to help the Steelers with their cap situation. At this point, the priority is that he is able to suit up for Pittsburgh again this coming season.

The two-time Super Bowl champion may agree to sign on a discount, but he won’t come dirt cheap. The Steelers will still need to shell out a considerable amount of money to keep Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh for at least another year — something that will impact the team’s salary cap situation.

Nevertheless, Tollner also made it abundantly clear that his client is not one bit lacking in motivation as he enters his 18th season in the NFL:

“A year ago, Ben wasn’t sure if he could throw again, but he battled back to get 12 wins and the eighth division title of his career,” Tollner added. “They lost steam down the stretch and that doesn’t sit well for him, so the fire burns strong and there is plenty of gas left in the tank.”

Based on this recent development,  it appears that Roethlisberger will remain to be the Steelers’ starting quarterback in 2021.