Ben Roethlisberger returns to Pittsburgh on one-year deal
The Pittsburgh Steelers will not be making a change at the quarterback position. Pittsburgh announced Thursday it had signed longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a new, one-year deal for the 2021 campaign.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert iterated the organizations’ belief Roethlisberger can still play at a high level and help lead the team to a Lombardi Trophy. “Big Ben” said he was overjoyed to be back in Steel City, adding he was more than willing to renegotiate the terms of his contract:
“It is my greatest honor to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and give my all for this organization,” Ben Roethlisberger, per the team’s release. “I am grateful to be at this stage of my career and more than happy to adjust my contract in a way that best helps the team to address other players who are so vital to our success. I love this game and love to compete, and I believe in this team and my ability to deliver when called upon. It all starts with great preparation and I am ready to go.”
The team did not announce the terms of the deal, though it is fair to surmise Roethlisberger took a sizable pay cut in completing the signing of the new contract.
Roethlisberger’s original cap number was supposed to be over $41 million. That value was the primary reason for Pittsburgh’s total cap issues. But it is likely this new deal will help provide the Steelers with more financial flexibility as they face key decisions on internal free agents.
Although “Big Ben” averaged just 6.3 yards gained per pass attempt in 2020, he was also victimized by a receiving corps especially prone to drops. Pittsburgh is showing faith in his arm strength, and Ben Roethlisberger is afforded the chance to play another season with the only franchise he has ever known; the famed Steelers.