Ben Roethlisberger is expected remain with Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future.
The Steelers and the 36-year-old quarterback are expected to restructure and extend his deal before the new league year starts March 13, ESPN reported Saturday, citing unidentified league sources.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger are expected to restructure and extend the veteran quarterback’s deal before the new league year begins March 13, per league sources. More cap room if the team decides to trade WR Antonio Brown.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2019
The report adds Roethlisberger’s restructured contract could create enough salary cap space to allow Pittsburgh to trade wide receiver Antonio Brown, if that’s a move the Steelers decide to make. ESPN notes if the franchise trades Brown this offseason, they would be left with $21.1 million in dead cap space.
When asked about his future with the Steelers and the possibility of his retirement, Roethlisberger said (via tribelive.com), “I have another year on my contract, and if No. 53 is coming back, I’m coming back.” No. 53 is veteran Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.
Roethlisberger, who has spent his entire 15-year career with the Steelers, led the NFL with 5,129 passing yards in 2018. He also completed 67 percent of his throws for 34 touchdowns with a league-high 16 interceptions. He appeared in 16 regular-season games for the first time since 2014.