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Ben Roethlisberger’s agent says Steelers need the quarterback to return

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Steelers group president Artwork Rooney II met with Ben Roethlisberger on Tuesday. The assembly went properly, in response to a report afterward.

Apparently, the which means of “the assembly went properly” is either side have agreed to present it one other go.

Ryan Tollner, the quarterback’s agent, advised Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Community that the Steelers “want Ben back and can contact me quickly to handle his cap scenario. As we’ve shared because the season ended, we’re comfortable to creatively regulate his contract to assist them construct the perfect group attainable. A yr in the past, Ben wasn’t certain if he might throw once more, however he battled again to get 12 wins and the eighth division title of his profession. They misplaced steam down the stretch and that doesn’t sit properly for him, so the hearth burns robust, and there may be loads of fuel within the tank.”

The Steelers must rework Roethlisberger’s contract, which requires a whooping $41.25 million wage cap hit for 2021. Roethlisberger already stated he’s keen to work with the group to make it work, which implies a pay reduce of some type.

The Steelers created doubt about whether or not they wished Roethlisberger to return final week. Normal Supervisor Kevin Colbert was noncommittal about Roethlisberger taking part in an 18th season with the group.

Roethlisberger, who turns 39 subsequent month, stays the group’s most suitable choice on the place regardless of his age and his dropoff late final season. Within the ultimate 5 regular-season video games he performed, Roethlisberger threw 9 touchdowns and had six turnovers because the Steelers went solely 2-3.

Roethlisberger then threw 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions within the wild-card playoff loss to the Browns.

However Roethlisberger’s return prevents the Steelers from looking for a beginning quarterback this offseason when they’re up towards the cap or from handing the reins to Mason Rudolph, who’s 5-4 in his profession as a starter.

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