The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. At 1:01 PM on March 4th, 2021 the Steelers’ official Twitter account broke the news that Big Ben will be coming back for another run in 2021. The article didn’t reveal the contract’s details, but president Art Rooney II has made it clear that Ben Roethlisberger would need to take a significant pay cut to come back to the team. This restructuring should help the team in a significant way in terms of money, giving them some space to make moves this offseason.
Anything Left in the Tank?
The part I’m not so sold about is Ben Roethlisberger himself. The quarterback turned 39 this past Tuesday, and is currently the 3rd oldest starting passer at the time of writing. Only the ageless wonder Tom Brady and Drew Brees are older, but there have been many rumors of Brees retiring before the season starts. Ben had an average season in terms of yards by his standards, but had 33 passing touchdowns, the 2nd most of his career. Now this was a great comeback from his injury in 2020, but I’m just not sure Ben can keep it up at a high enough level for us to be competitive next year as he ages.
Unless Roethlisberger absolutely bombs, this deal looks to be a good deal for both parties involved. The move lets Ben come back for one more try at a ring, and we can help build him a good supporting cast with the money we save. All there is to see now is if Roethlisberger can preform at a high level and win us a ring.