Posted: 3/04/2021 7:25 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger signed a restructured contract Thursday, March 4. He agreed to reduce his pay to $14 million from $19 million in the final year of his contract and spread the cash payment through 2022, per source. The moves lowered his cap hit to $15 million in 2021, giving the team more flexibility.
Posted: 3/04/2021 6:18 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on Thursday, March 4, signed a restructured contract with the team and will return for an 18th season. Terms of the new deal were not immediately available. 'We are excited we were able to come to an agreement with Ben Roethlisberger on a new contract for him to return to the Steelers in 2021,' general manager Kevin Colbert said in a story posted on the team's website. 'We know that Ben can still play at a high level and do special things for this team. Our goal remains the same - to put together a roster that will compete for another championship. We are happy that Ben will be one of our leaders to help us accomplish that goal.'
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger's return boosts the fantasy value of the team's pass-catchers, but Big Ben's own fantasy value at age 39 is now in the mid-QB2 range.
Posted: 2/26/2021 5:22 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger likely will be playing with a restructured contract in 2021, and Steelers president Art Rooney II is confident Roethlisberger can guide the franchise to success. 'We think Ben played at a high level last year,' Rooney recently told the team's website. 'We won our division and set a franchise record for most consecutive wins to open a season, so there was a lot of good stuff. Ben was as disappointed as anybody the way it ended. That last game is just hard to swallow, and I think in part Ben wants to come back and leave on a high note. We're still confident he has the ability to do that. His arm, I would say, is as strong or almost as strong as ever, so I think he's certainly capable of getting the job done. Part of the concern is putting a (competitive) team around him, and we had a good discussion about that. We know there are still a lot of pieces to the puzzle that still have to fall into place this season, and we're hard at work trying to make that happen.'
Huddle Up: At 38, Big Ben finished 14th among fantasy QBs last season -- his lowest finish for a full or near-full season (at least 15 games played) since a 20th-place fantasy finish in 2008. He's still a capable QB, but he's now mired in the mid-QB2 range in terms of fantasy.
Posted: 2/24/2021 3:33 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will return in 2021, according to team president Art Rooney II.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger was 14th in fantasy points at the position last season in 15 games. The big question will be - how will they supplement around him? JuJu Smith-Schuster is a free agent, and the tight end and running back positions need addressed. He also lost his longtime center to retirement. Big Ben is a mediocre QB2 target in drafts.
Posted: 2/23/2021 11:50 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will return as the team's starting quarterback for the 2021 season, according to his agent, Ryan Tollner, Tuesday, Feb. 23. 'They want Ben back and will contact me soon to address his cap situation,' Tollner said.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger finished the 2020 season with 3,803 passing yards and 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions through 15 games, but he seemed to fade down the stretch. The Steelers will need to address their running game in order to give Roethlisberger more support. He'll be a high-end QB2 in fantasy drafts.
Posted: 2/19/2021 8:14 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger had 41 of his passes dropped by his pass catchers this season. He has only 26 over the previous two seasons.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger did not have a great since coming back from elbow surgery, and his status with the Steelers is uncertain at this point. Fantasy players should consider him a No. 2 quarterback if he plays next season.
Posted: 2/17/2021 6:18 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has told the team he wants to continue playing, but general manager Kevin Colbert said the team is still evaluating the situation. Colbert said the two sides will need to figure out the finances if Roethlisberger wants to return.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to keep an eye on the situation over the next few weeks to see where Roethlisberger will be playing in 2021. He played well at times this past season but did not put up the same numbers he did in the past. He probably will be a No. 2 quarterback in most fantasy leagues next season.
Posted: 2/08/2021 7:32 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is set to meet with team officials during the upcoming week to discuss his contract situation and future with the club, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Huddle Up: Here's what we know: Roethlisberger won't play for the team in 2021 under his current cap hit of $41.2 million. Beyond that, it's wait-and-see time. The most likely scenario involves a restructure of some kind, but we could know a lot more by week's end.
Posted: 1/28/2021 10:58 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is not only open to restructuring his contract, but he told Ed Bouchette of The Athletic on Thursday, Jan. 28, that it was his idea 'to basically help the team however I can this year.'
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is reportedly set to count $41.2 million against the cap in 2021, so something will need to get done regardless of whose idea it was. It's debatable if Pittsburgh should even bring him back given how the season ended, but the Steelers really don't have any better - and certainly no proven - options at the moment. Expect the two sides to iron this thing out in the coming weeks.
Posted: 1/28/2021 7:51 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is wanted back for an 18th season, Steelers president Art Rooney II said Thursday, Jan. 28, but Rooney added that Roethlisberger and the team will have to reach an agreement over his 'significant' salary-cap hit for the 2021 season.
Huddle Up: Pending he returns, Big Ben projects as a mid-level QB2. In 2020, he posted his second-highest single-season TD pass total (33) but threw for his fourth-fewest yards (3,803) in a season in which he played at least 15 games.