Leading NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, have confirmed that their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be back for another season, making it his 18th season in the NFL. This news comes as there was a lot of speculation over whether the team could afford to keep Roethlisberger due to his huge salary and a bonus that he was expected to get when the new league begins at the end of March.
Below, we look at how this conclusion came about and what this means for the Steelers this year.
A huge financial strain
The reason for the speculation over Roethlisberger’s future with the Pittsburgh Steelers came from rumors that he was to cause too much financial strain on the team. Roethlisberger’s contract as a quarterback for the team states that he has a $41m salary cap hit for the whole of 2021. Additionally, he is due to receive a $15m roster bonus after the new league year begins on 20 March 2021.
Many of the latest betting odds for the NFL were suggesting that Roethlisberger might need to find a new team as the Steelers were showing signs that they could not handle this financial strain. However, a solution has been found.
A productive meeting
According to reports from the Pittsburgh Steelers leadership, a productive meeting was held with Roethlisberger. This meeting involved both sides offering their thoughts on the move and how it would impact the team over the coming months.
Team President Art Rooney II spoke on the matter and mentioned that a solution had been found to ease the financial pressure. With this player being so valuable to the team, it was really important that the Steelers were able to find something that could work for everyone involved.
Moves are coming
This isn’t the first issue that the Steelers have experienced recently, with a serious cap crunch underway at the moment. According to recent reports in the media, the coaching staff at the team have had a serious overhaul.
Additionally, some team members have been let go, including Randy Fichtner alongside Maurkice Pouncey and Vance McDonald, who retired. It is expected that some of the 19 pending free agents in the team will be dealt with as soon as possible. Of course, for now, Roethlisberger is in safe hands as it has been confirmed that they plan to have him stay.
What Is Next?
With the new league year beginning for the NFL in March, we can’t wait to see what is going to happen with some of the biggest teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been making some big moves recently, and they aren’t the only team to be making waves in the sport. Make sure to catch any games that are coming up so that you can stay up to date on the latest changes. Even if you can’t make it to a game, you can still catch them online around the world.