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  • Steelers owner expects Roethlisberger back on re-worked deal Steelers owner expects Roethlisberger back on re-worked deal

    Ben Roethlisberger has publicly stated he would like to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021. The team has now confirmed the feeling is mutual.

    Steelers president Art Rooney II issued a statement on Wednesday indicating the team's desire to have Roethlisberger back for an 18th season with the franchise, adding that they will soon enter negotiations to adjust the longtime quarterback's contract. 

    "Ben Roethlisberger and I met [Tuesday] morning and we had a productive meeting. We were able to discuss a lot of things that relate to where we are and where we want to go," Rooney stated.

    "Ben assured me that he is committed to coming back to help us win, and I told Ben that we would like to have him back to win a championship. We both understand that the next step is to work out Ben's contract situation.

    "We owe it to him to have a conversation about how he wants to end his career, and we intend to that."

    Rooney's remarks come one day after Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner, told NFL.com that the Steelers are open to his client's return on a renegotiated contract. The two-time Super Bowl champion carries a $41.25 million cap hit for 2021, the highest of any player, with the salary cap expected to decrease due to revenue lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "As we've shared since the season ended, we are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible," Tollner said. 

    Roethlisberger turns 39 in March and has drawn widespread speculation about his future due to his advanced age and Pittsburgh's current lack of salary cap flexibility, as well as a decline in play during the second half of a 2020 season that ended with a disappointing home loss to the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Wild Card Playoff round.

    Making a successful comeback from a career-threatening elbow injury that limited him to two games in 2019, Roethlisberger threw for 22 touchdowns and only four interceptions while producing a 103.0 passer rating through his first nine starts of last season – all Pittsburgh wins.

    The six-time Pro Bowler was intercepted six times and had an 83.2 rating over his next six starts, however, as the Steelers went 3-3 and eventually dropped to the AFC's No. 3 playoff seed. 

    Roethlisberger did set an NFL postseason record with 47 completions while throwing for 501 yards and four touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s lone playoff game, but was picked off four times as the Steelers were dealt a 48-37 loss to the rival Browns.

  • Tom Brady contract extension 'a possibility' - Bucs GM Jason Licht Tom Brady contract extension 'a possibility' - Bucs GM Jason Licht

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht revealed they may explore signing Tom Brady to a contract extension.

    Brady signed a two-year deal with the Buccaneers last offseason following his departure from the New England Patriots after two storied decades in Foxborough.

    The quarterback added to the greatest CV in NFL history by proving he can win away from New England and Bill Belichick, claiming his seventh Super Bowl title by leading the Bucs to their second.

    Brady will be 44 by the time the 2021 season starts but has previously said he would be open to playing beyond 45.

    And Licht appears open to helping Brady fulfil that potential ambition in Tampa.

    "That's a possibility," Licht said about extending Brady in an interview on The Rich Eisen Show. 

    "He certainly didn't look like he slowed down any this year. So, that's a possibility. We'll have to see how that goes.

    "I talk to Tom often. Probably keep that under wraps, right now.

    "It appears that he really had a good time this year, winning the Super Bowl. Likes our organisation, likes our coaches, likes our head coach and ownership.

    "And we certainly love him. Usually when you have those things going for each ... it's a match made in happen, so we'd like to keep this going."

  • Steelers want Roethlisberger to return in 2021 – agent Steelers want Roethlisberger to return in 2021 – agent

    The Pittsburgh Steelers want Ben Roethlisberger back next season and the star quarterback is "happy to creatively adjust his contract", according to his agent Ryan Tollner.

    Roethlisberger revealed in January that he is planning to return for an 18th NFL season, ideally with the Steelers.

    The 38-year-old's current deal would see him count for $41.25million against the salary cap in Pittsburgh.

    As question marks remain over the two-time Super Bowl champion, Tollner provided an update on Tuesday.

    "They want Ben back and will contact me soon to address his cap situation," Tollner NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala.

    "As we've shared since the season ended, we are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible. 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.

    "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 in the tank."

    Roethlisberger threw for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2020, helping the Steelers finish the regular season with a 12-4 record that was enough to win the AFC North.  

    However, after reaching 11-0 at one stage, Pittsburgh suffered a late-season slump that continued into the playoffs, as the Steelers lost 48-37 to divisional rivals the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card round.  

    A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Roethlisberger threw four touchdowns and 501 yards but was also picked off four times in the defeat to the Browns on January 10. 

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