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Ben Roethlisberger said he wants to restructure his contract.
"I want to do everything I can and made that very clear to them from the very beginning that it was my idea to basically help the team however I can this year," Roethlisberger said. It puts team owner Art Rooney's Thursday comments in a very different light. Rooney said the Steelers would require "significant concessions" from the veteran if he was going to play another season in Pittsburgh. It seems Roethlisberger -- who has a $41.2 million cap hit in 2021 -- is on board with making the necessary adjustments needed to keep him at the head of the Steelers' offense for at least one more season.
SOURCE: Ed Bouchette on Twitter
Jan 28, 2021, 4:19 PM ET
 

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Steelers president Art Rooney said the team will address coach Mike Tomlin's contract this offseason.
“We’ll address Mike’s contract with him as time goes on this offseason,” Rooney said. “I feel comfortable in saying he’ll be our coach into the future.” Tomlin is signed through 2021 with a team option for 2022. That puts him on borderline lame duck status going into next season. The Steelers should add a few years to Tomlin's deal to give him more security. Tomlin is 145-78-1 over 14 seasons in Pittsburgh.
SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Jan 29, 2021, 10:15 AM ET
 

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Ben Roethlisberger said he doesn't care about how much the Steelers pay him in 2021.
Apparently Roethlisberger will play for the love of the game next season as he's trashed any leverage he may have had with the organization. After team owner Art Rooney said Roethlisberger could not play for the Steelers without a contract restructuring, the veteran QB was quick to concede if it meant another year in Pittsburgh. The Athletic's Ed Bouchette said it "sounds as if both sides are looking at just one more season for him." It seems Roethlisberger, who will be 39 next month, doesn't want to go out with a spectacular late-season collapse that ended with a Wild Card loss to Cleveland.
SOURCE: The Athletic
Feb 2, 2021, 12:29 PM ET
 

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This is what I'm talking about on the sb fred.

If you asked me about the 08 or 09 GF, it's like talking about ancient Rome. But sb43 and the play the video is about, which occurred in between those GFs, is pretty fresh in my mind, and I'm sort of in disbelief that we've just seen sb55.

 

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said he has to "look at this current [cap] situation" when asked about Ben Roethlisberger being the 2021 starting quarterback.
In a Wednesday press conference, Colbert had multiple chances to endorse Roethlisberger as his 2021 starting quarterback but repeatedly dodged questions. "As we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers," Colbert continued. "What type of team can he anticipate being around him if we decide we can move forward together?” Roethlisberger comes with a $41.2 million cap hit if no contract adjustments are made this offseason. Teams don't like to end Hall of Fame careers with a sour taste, but Pittsburgh could cut Roethlisberger and save $19 million against the cap. Because the Steelers are $30 million over the cap, Colbert will have to make some very tough decisions in the next few weeks ahead of free agency. Roethlisberger tentatively remains the favorite to be the 2021 starter, but it's not a lock after the deliberate word choice by an experienced general manager.
SOURCE: Brooke Pryor on Twitter
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Ben Roethlisberger's player rep said the Steelers have confirmed they want him back for 2021.
GM Kevin Colbert Goff'd Roethlisberger a bit in a press conference last week, saying "as we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers." Not a glowing endorsement, though Colbert hinted the main issue was Roethlisberger's mammoth $41.2 million cap hit. His agent insists they are willing to get "creative" to ensure Roethlisberger remains with the only team he has ever known. This situation seems like it will resolve with Roethlisberger remaining under center in Pittsburgh.
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Feb 23, 2021, 6:39 PM ET
 

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Ben Roethlisberger's player rep said the Steelers have confirmed they want him back for 2021.
GM Kevin Colbert Goff'd Roethlisberger a bit in a press conference last week, saying "as we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers." Not a glowing endorsement, though Colbert hinted the main issue was Roethlisberger's mammoth $41.2 million cap hit. His agent insists they are willing to get "creative" to ensure Roethlisberger remains with the only team he has ever known. This situation seems like it will resolve with Roethlisberger remaining under center in Pittsburgh.
SOURCE: Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter
Feb 23, 2021, 6:39 PM ET
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Steelers president Art Rooney II spoke publicly of Pittsburgh's approach to getting this whole contract thing figured out with their future Hall of Fame quarterback. The most important detail: There's a relatively short window -- which essentially would close with the start of the new league year -- for striking an agreement.
"Hopefully we'll work something out before that," Rooney said, via Steelers.com, "but certainly if you want to say there's a hard deadline, March 17 would be it."
The beginning of a league year is typically when many roster bonuses trigger for players across the league. Roethlisberger is no different, as his $14 million roster bonus hits on March 19.
 

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What’s going on with the corners?
Fowler expects both Joe Haden and Steven Nelson to be back in black and gold in 2021. Both could also sign extensions to lower their cap hit. In Haden’s case, he is so highly respected within the locker room that Fowler would be ‘mildly surprised’ if the Steelers decided to part ways with him.

As for Mike Hilton, Fowler thinks the nickel corner priced himself out of the Steelers’ range and will receive more money elsewhere. Cameron Sutton is the wildcard who the Steelers could bring back on a smaller hybrid player type deal.

How high will the Steelers draft a running back?
Fowler doesn't see the Steelers bucking the trend of searching for running backs in the middle rounds. Noting the teams ability to dig up Le’Veon Bell and James Conner in these slots in the past. However, if the Steelers really fell in love with a player they might go running back in the first round.
 

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The Steelers have signed QB Ben Roethlisberger to a new contract for 2021.
Roethlisberger agreed to be paid $14 million this year with other voidable years beyond 2021 to smooth out the rest of his owed money. It effectively opens up $15 million in cap space for 2021 to help the Steelers round out the rest of their roster. For his part, Roethlisberger publicly acknowledged that this needed to be done after his disappointing 2020. Now purely a dink-and-dunk passer after missing nearly all of 2019 with an elbow injury, Roethlisberger is unlikely to have a 2021 return to glory. Even if JuJu Smith-Schuster walks in free agency, however, the weapons are here for Roethlisberger to remain fantasy relevant, and perhaps stabilize his game on the real life gridiron. The Steelers have to get more serious about their No. 2 quarterback spot after another year of tempting the Mason Rudolph gods in 2020.
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Steelers.com's Bob Labriola reported Chase Claypool's "diva quotient increased consistently over the course of his rookie season."
It's an odd inclusion in a write up about how the team's wide receiver group projects for 2021. "Claypool didn't need very long to establish himself as a difference-maker, as a receiver capable of making plays down the field, and he was the offense's primary deep threat throughout the season," Labriola wrote. "If there was a negative, it was that it seemed as though Claypool's diva quotient increased consistently over the course of his rookie season. Whether that turns into a problem or comes to be viewed in the future as growing pains will develop over time." Claypool, 22, got into spats with opponents -- conflicts that didn't seem out of the ordinary. He wasn't an apparent distraction for the team in 2020. The touchdown machine should see a boost in playing time and targets in 2021 with JuJu Smith-Schuster likely signing elsewhere.
SOURCE: Steelers.com
Mar 8, 2021, 10:26 AM ET
 

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Steelers.com's Bob Labriola reported Chase Claypool's "diva quotient increased consistently over the course of his rookie season."
It's an odd inclusion in a write up about how the team's wide receiver group projects for 2021. "Claypool didn't need very long to establish himself as a difference-maker, as a receiver capable of making plays down the field, and he was the offense's primary deep threat throughout the season," Labriola wrote. "If there was a negative, it was that it seemed as though Claypool's diva quotient increased consistently over the course of his rookie season. Whether that turns into a problem or comes to be viewed in the future as growing pains will develop over time." Claypool, 22, got into spats with opponents -- conflicts that didn't seem out of the ordinary. He wasn't an apparent distraction for the team in 2020. The touchdown machine should see a boost in playing time and targets in 2021 with JuJu Smith-Schuster likely signing elsewhere.
SOURCE: Steelers.com
Mar 8, 2021, 10:26 AM ET
Yea he's got future tosser written all over him, boy, the Steelers know how to find them.
 

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By The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — J.C. Hassenauer will get a shot at being the potential replacement for retired Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.

The Steelers signed the 25-year-old Hassenauer to a one-year contract on Monday. Hassenauer, who appeared in 15 games for the Steelers in 2020 and made four starts, was an exclusive rights free agent.

Pittsburgh is in the market for a center after Pouncey, a nine-time Pro Bowler, retired on Feb. 12. The Steelers, however, have limited salary cap space to splurge on the open market. They could target a center in the upcoming draft, but the versatile Hassenauer gives them options at the position.
 

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