Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #7
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #7
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Appears slimmer to begin camp

Roethlisberger appeared to have slimmed down when he arrived at training camp Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger has been one of the heaviest quarterbacks in the league during his 13-year career, but he appeared to have shed a few pounds ahead of what could be his final year in the NFL, according to Dale Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports. The 39-year-old ranked third in the league with 608 pass attempts last year, but he averaged just 6.3 yards per attempt and threw four interceptions during Pittsburgh's playoff loss to the Browns.

Jul 21, 2021 8:43 PM EST

Ready to retire after 2021?

Roethlisberger seems likely to retire after the 2021 season, according to Dale Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports.

Analysis: The 39-year-old quarterback took a pay cut in early March, agreeing to a new contract with four voidable seasons after 2021. There was some thought he might retire following the playoff loss to Cleveland in January, but Roethlisberger waited only a few weeks before openly discussing his plans to return. He'll again have a talented group of pass catchers at his disposal, and the Steelers hope the addition of rookie RB Najee Harris will help create a more balanced offense after Roethlisberger led the NFL with 40.5 pass attempts per game last season. The team's biggest concern may be Roethlisberger himself, coming off a 2020 campaign with 6.3 YPA and a four-interception performance in the playoffs.

Jul 6, 2021 6:25 AM EST

Takes pay cut

Roethlisberger's re-worked contract with the Steelers frees up about $15 million in immediate salary cap space for the team,'s Nick Shook reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger, whose 2021 salary went from $19 million to $14 million per his new agreement, had been slated to carry a $41.25 million cap hit this coming season. The veteran QB's restructured deal helps the Steelers salary cap situation as free agency approaches and should help the franchise better address its needs at other positions.

Mar 4, 2021 12:32 PM EST

Signs new deal for 2021

The Steelers have signed Roethlisberger to a new contract for the 2021 season.

Analysis: While the details of his 2021 compensation have yet to be released, it's assumed that the QB's existing contract was re-worked in order to reduce his salary cap hit, which was previously scheduled to be $41.25 million. With Roethlisberger's services having been secured for the coming season, the Steelers will now have decisions to make with regard to other key offensive cogs, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and RB James Conner, who are both eligible to become free agents later this month.

Mar 4, 2021 10:15 AM EST

Expected back for 2021

Steelers president Art Rooney II said Roethlisberger will stay with the team for 2021, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Rooney met with Roethlisberger on Tuesday and released a statement Wednesday morning. While his statement acknowledges that the contract situation still needs to be addressed, Rooney all but confirms Roethlisberger will be the Steelers' starting quarterback for at least one more season. The veteran QB turns 39 in March, and he's currently scheduled for a $41.25 million cap hit in 2021, the second season of a two-year extension. Reducing his cap charge requires either a pay cut or another extension, though the latter wouldn't necessarily mean Roethlisberger intends to play beyond 2021. Meanwhile, the Steelers have four offensive starts scheduled for free agency this offseason -- WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, RB James Conner, LT Alejandro Villanueva and RT Matt Feiler.

Feb 24, 2021 6:52 AM EST

Will start for Steelers in 2021

Roethlisberger is expected to be the Steelers' starting quarterback in 2021, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports. "[The Steelers] want Ben back and will contact me soon to address his cap situation," Roethlisberger's agent Ryan Tollner said. "We are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible."

Analysis: As it stands, Roethlisberger will carry a $41.25 million cap hit, but he has already signaled that he's willing to restructure his deal to bring that number down as the Steelers look to defend their AFC North Title. In his first season after elbow surgery, Roethlisberger was clearly less than 100 percent, particularly with the deep ball. He completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,803 yards (6.3 YPA), 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Roethlisberger turns 39 years old in March, and there's a good chance that he enters the 2021 season without JuJu Smith-Schuster, which would leave Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and James Washington as his top three pass-catchers.

Feb 23, 2021 3:46 PM EST

Not a lock to return?

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert didn't give a strong endorsement for Roethlisberger being the team's starting QB in 2021, Brooke Pryor of reports. "As we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers," said Colbert on Wednesday. " He reiterated to us that he wants to continue to play. We told him we have to look at this current situation."

Analysis: Roethlisberger hasn't publicly declared his intention to play another season, but he strongly hinted at it in late January when he said he "doesn't care" about his 2021 compensation and is willing to restructure his contract to help the Steelers stay under the salary cap. He's scheduled for a $41 million cap hit, and while the Steelers shouldn't have too much trouble lowering that number, it might have a cost in terms of future cap ramifications. It sounds like Colbert is keeping all options on the table, though Roethlisberger sticking around for another year remains the most likely scenario.

Feb 17, 2021 12:18 PM EST

Planning to play another season?

Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of The Athletic that he "doesn't care" about his 2021 compensation and is willing to restructure his contract to help the Steelers stay under the salary cap.

Analysis: Roethlisberger certainly won't play for free, but it sounds like he wants to work something out to lower his $41 million cap hit for 2021. It'll be the second and final season of a two-year extension, so reducing the cap hit requires another extension or an outright pay cut. Details aside, Roethlisberger's comments on Thursday give us a solid hint he intends to play at least one more season.

Jan 28, 2021 1:42 PM EST

Optimism regarding 2021 return

There's reportedly optimism within the Pittsburgh organization that Roethlisberger will return to the team in 2021, Adam Maya of reports.

Analysis: With that in mind, coach Mike Tomlin noted this past week that a Roethlisberger return would be welcomed by the team. If the veteran QB does stick around for the 2021 campaign he'd be working with a new offensive coordinator, with Randy Fichtner no longer on the job. Per the report, Roethlisberger's deal for the upcoming campaign is for $19 million, but carries a hefty $41 million salary cap hit. That said, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo suggests that "Big Ben and the Steelers shouldn't have issues alleviating that figure."

Jan 16, 2021 10:13 AM EST

Too late, but not too little

Roethlisberger completed 47 of 68 pass attempts for 501 passing yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in Sunday's 48-37 loss to Cleveland.

Analysis: It was an absolute disastrous start for Roethlisberger and the Steelers, as the offense failed to score a point on the team's first six drives of the game, with four of those shortened drives involving the quarterback (three interceptions and a botched snap). Cleveland capitalized on seemingly every Pittsburgh mistake, going up by 28 points with plenty of time left in the first quarter. The fact that Roethlisberger was able to will his team back into striking distance in the second half certainly deserves praise. It is also another sign -- in addition to his 3,803 passing yards and 33 touchdowns during the regular season -- that the 38-year-old still has some life left in that surgically-repaired arm. The 47 completions were a single-game high in the NFL Playoffs, and are indicative of the head coach Mike Tomlin's pass-heavy gameplan. If Roethlisberger still has the desire to continue playing (he is under contract for the 2021 season), he can still post usable fantasy numbers in this pass-happy offense with a bevvy of talented pass-catchers surrounding him.

Jan 10, 2021 10:42 PM EST

Not on injury report

Roethlisberger (not injury related) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger sat out the regular season finale against the Browns, but his absence was always viewed as precautionary, and the omission of the quarterback's name from the first injury report heading into Sunday's wild-card round rematch with Cleveland confirms that notion. Big Ben will have history on his side Sunday, as he's 24-2-1 against the Browns in his career and 13-8 in the postseason.

Jan 6, 2021 1:45 PM EST

Officially out for Week 17

The Steelers officially ruled Roethlisberger (not injury related) out for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Analysis: After head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Mason Rudolph would start the regular-season finale while Roethlisberger rested, the only question that remained was whether the veteran signal-caller would dress for the Week 17 contest as an emergency backup. Now that the Steelers have confirmed that Roethlisberger will be inactive this weekend, Joshua Dobbs is in line to serve as Rudolph's understudy.

Jan 1, 2021 1:37 PM EST

Will sit out Week 17

Coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday that Roethlisberger won't play Sunday at Cleveland, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: The Steelers will opt to get Roethlisberger some rest before the playoffs, turning to Mason Rudolph for the final game of the regular season. Roethlisberger's next appearance will come in the wild-card round against an opponent to be determined.

Dec 29, 2020 9:15 AM EST

Three TD passes in win over Colts

Roethlisberger completed 34 of 49 pass attempts for 342 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Roethlisberger struggled early but finished with a stellar completion rate of 69.4 and averaged 7.0 yards per attempt for the first time in six games. He threw second-half touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson, Juju Smith-Schuster and Eric Ebron to help his team complete a come-from-behind victory against one of the best defensive units in the AFC. The veteran struggled mightily in Monday's surprise loss to the Bengals, so this was a tremendous bounce-back effort for the Steelers and fantasy managers alike. Roethlisberger will look to finish the regular season strong in next Sunday's finale against the Browns.

Dec 27, 2020 3:12 PM EST

Takes day off from practice

Roethlisberger (not injury related) had a veteran's rest day off at Wednesday's practice, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger has regularly begun his practice weeks with a veteran's rest day all season, so there's no reason to be concerned about his health as Sunday's matchup against the Colts approaches. There is reason to worry about the overall state of Pittsburgh's offense, however, as Roethlisberger has now logged back-to-back games with under 200 passing yards, and he boasts just a 6:5 TD:INT over his last four games. The Steelers are no doubt eager to get right, but it'll be difficult to trust Roethlisberger for fantasy purposes against Indianapolis' stalwart defense.

Dec 23, 2020 4:10 PM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Roethlisberger (not injury-related) didn't practice Wednesday, Dale Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger's likely just getting a day off to rest his 38-year-old joints after heaving up 38 passes in Monday's upset loss to the Bengals. While there doesn't seem to be an injury concern here, there's certainly reason to be worried about Roethlisberger and the entire Pittsburgh offense, which has failed to crack 20 points in any of its last four games and will have to contend with a Colts defense that's allowing only 22.9 points per game come Sunday.

Dec 23, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Reaches milestone in upset loss

Roethlisberger completed 20 of 38 passes for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals. He also rushed twice for minus-1 yard and lost one of two fumbles.

Analysis: Roethlisberger got off to an excruciatingly slow start, completing six of 15 passes for seven yards with a fumble and an interception over Pittsburgh's first seven possessions. A meaningless 12-yard completion on 3rd-and-18 to cap the Steelers' eighth and final drive of the first half accounted for more than half of his yardage, but Big Ben still finished five yards short of his previous career low for a half (24). He bounced back with a 23-yard touchdown to Diontae Johnson in the third quarter but chucked four consecutive incompletions when the Steelers needed a touchdown to tie the game late in the fourth. Roethlisberger became the seventh player to reach 60,000 passing yards on a fourth-quarter completion to Chase Claypool, but that accomplishment will feel bittersweet following the Steelers' third consecutive loss and fourth straight game scoring fewer than 20 points. Given Pittsburgh's recent tailspin, fantasy managers should consider alternatives at quarterback for their Week 16 championship games, as Roethlisberger's stuck in low gear heading into a date with the stingy Colts defense.

Dec 21, 2020 8:31 PM EST

Wants to play in 2021

Roethlisberger wants to continue playing in 2021, league sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: Roethlisberger has contemplated retirement in previous years, but as his 17th professional season nears its end, the quarterback doesn't appear to be considering stepping away from the game just yet. The 38-year-old remains under contract through 2021, the final season of the two-year, $68 million extension he inked in April 2019. After missing most of the 2019 campaign while recovering from elbow surgery, Roethlisberger has suited up in all 13 games for the 11-2 Steelers, completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 6.3 yards per attempt and a 29:9 TD:INT.

Dec 21, 2020 6:07 AM EST

Off-target in losing effort on SNF

Roethlisberger completed 21 of 37 pass attempts for 187 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 26-15 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Roethlisberger and the Steelers took their second consecutive loss of the season, but unlike last week's defeat to Washington, the gunslinger was unable to get any sort of offensive rhythm going against a Bills defense that was clicking on all cylinders. Pittsburgh was nearly held scoreless for the entirety of the first half before Big Ben connected with Juju Smith-Schuster late in the second quarter. This was arguably the 38-year-old's worst fantasy output this year, which actually showcases the high level he has been playing at in his 17th season as a pro. Roethlisberger will be primed for a bounce-back performance in a favorable matchup against the Bengals on Monday Night Football in Week 15.

Dec 13, 2020 11:33 PM EST

Tosses two touchdowns in loss

Roethlisberger completed 33 of 53 passes for 305 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Monday's 23-17 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Roethlisberger connected with eight different pass-catchers to top 300 yards for the fourth time this season. His biggest play came on a 50-yard touchdown to James Washington, but he found favorite target Diontae Johnson for a three-yard score to open the game. Unfortunately, though, one of Roethlisberger's final passes was batted into the air before being intercepted, giving him a pick in three straight games now. To make matters slightly worse, a tough matchup against the Bills awaits in Week 14.

Dec 7, 2020 6:16 PM EST

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