3 great things about Steelers extending Ben Roethlisberger’s contract

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Ben Roethlisberger gets one more shot to prove himself

Roethlisberger made it abundantly clear after his playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns that he was not pleased with his 2020 season and that he wanted a shot at redemption. He’s going to get it this year. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that Pittsburgh’s roster will be as good next season. In fact, it could be worse.

The good news is that Ben has nothing left to play for at this point; not even more money. The fact that he was willing to take a pay cut and essentially play one last year for $14 million shows me how much he really desires to win and go out on top. The Steelers will no doubt try to put the pieces around him so that he can do so.

With very limited cap space, this is going to be tricky. The good news is that it is hard to envision a worse running game than the one we saw last season or the same type of monumental collapse we witnessed over the final stretch of last year. I don’t believe the Steelers have a great shot with Ben this season, but if they get into the playoffs, anything can happen.

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While I would have liked to see the Steelers move on and start the rebuilding process, I didn’t envision Ben Roethlisberger coming back on such a team-friendly deal. Let’s hope this all proves to be worth it in the end.