Ben Roethlisberger Meets With Art Rooney II

Plenty of eyebrows were raised last week when Steelers GM Kevin Colbert sounded unenthused (to put it kindly) about the prospect of Ben Roethlisberger returning in 2021. Colbert gave the classic GM-speak kiss of death of “as we sit here today, Ben Roethlisberger is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” and also said “quite frankly, we need to look at the situation.”

Then adding further fuel to the fire, Aditi Kinkhabwala of ESPN.com tweeted that the team still hadn’t reached out to Big Ben to set up a time to talk about his contract. Either it’s just funny timing, or someone within the building was reading Kinkhabwala’s tweets, because that’s no longer the case. Roethlisberger has met with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette tweets.

He doesn’t have many details, but sources told Dulac that the meeting “went well.” Of course, we’ve heard all offseason that Pittsburgh isn’t interested in bringing Roethlisberger back at his $40MM+ cap charge, and that he’ll need to restructure his deal to return for one more ride.

To his credit Roethlisberger has said that’s fine by him, and that he doesn’t care what he ends up making in 2021. Right after the season ended it looked like Big Ben returning was something of a done deal, then recent comments from the organization made everything seem very much up in the air.

Today’s meeting is the first step back in the other direction, and it shows the Steelers actually do have some intention of working something out with their franchise icon. We should know a lot more about this meeting and what comes next soon.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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19 comments on “Ben Roethlisberger Meets With Art Rooney II

  1. Footballguy5

    Safe to say that no one wants Ben to return for another season more than the other 3 AFC North teams. He’s a shell of himself and pushing off the inevitable Steelers rebuild for yet another season.

  2. bradthebluefish

    Time to bring in Jameis Winston. He isn’t afraid to throw it deep.

    • jsay2948

      He’s definitely not afraid to throw it deep… right into the hands of the other team!

      • letmeclearmythroat74

        As a Bengal fan , I’m all for Winston coming to Pittsburgh , maybe Trubisky, I loved the Haskins pick up. Any scrub will work.

      • gcg27

        I would rather give Rudolph a chance to play.. last year before a free agent. His time is now or never

        • WVRON

          We don’t care what you rather do..rudolph is a joke. Cut him his a bum. I pray your not a Steelers fan. We don’t need jerks like you

        • Sorrybutno

          I completely agree. I for one never thought that Rudloph was given a real shot. The situation he was thrown into was a recipe for failure.
          And as for WVRON’s comments, you notice how some people use these comment forums as nothing else but a way to cast stupid insults on other commentators. Every comment is an insult to someone. What a coward. I think he is compensating for many failures in life.

            • WVRON

              No Trevor I’m not a Russian bot.i hate trump he’s a Russian traitor

          • WVRON

            Sorry but no to much a coward ain’t ya? Yes won’t use your NAME. YOUR the type of BOY that kisses ass so much he was mayo now his nose is black. I can show u in person Mr text warrior how much a coward this MAN is BOY!! Come get some,anytime. I only trash comments when others trash 1st. U not mention how each 1 trashed had done 1st and u not Steelers or big Ben fan or ur dic*sucker,peterbeater not be flappin. Now bitc* you wanna be a MAN? Try this COWARD..

    • alwaysgo4two

      Nor is he afraid to throw pick 6s. I’m in Tampa so I’ve seen his best and his worst. Athletically impressive but his decision making has never gotten better. I’m not understanding why everyone is basing Bens decline on one post injury year. I think that he has something left.

      • WVRON

        That was not how I meant to say that. Meant he’s probably a bum like Winston is. Auto screw up. My bad

  3. arty!

    Ben should walk away. As should D Brees. It would make for one heck of a HoF class!

    • WVRON

      Your not a STEELERS fan so don’t matter what you think. STEELERS NATION WANTS TO KEEP BIG BEN

  4. letmeclearmythroat74

    While I have the utmost respect for the Steelers as a franchise …. Big Ben I’ve never cared for at all. I just found him to be a very arrogant player. I’ll admit , he will be a hall of fame QB as he’s probably deserving. Just one of those guys that always rubbed me the wrong way. I’m hopeful that he’s done. I think the writing was in the wall the Monday night game against the Bengals. That was likely his worst game ever.

    • WVRON

      We don’t care if you like Ben. Your a nobody so who cares what you like or think? You just got no life so you make yourself feel important by trashing Ben. Big man you are.lol.loser

    • WVRON

      We know why u gotta clear your throat from suckin all them wieners you deep throat sick puke.you nasty

  5. WVRON

    Ben is the GOAT. No cheating needed like Brady. Brady’s name gonna have this by it ******Brady was caught cheating 5 of 7 bowl wins. But turns out it was 7 of 7 cheating bum

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