Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers president Art Rooney II: We want Big Ben back

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II released a statement Wednesday saying that the team is committed to bringing back quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the 2021 season — under a reworked contract.

The announcement comes a day after the pair met to discuss the 38-year-old’s future with the organization. The next step is reworking Roethlisberger’s pesky $41.2 million salary cap hit.

“Ben Roethlisberger and I met (Tuesday) morning and we had a productive meeting” Rooney said. “Ben assured me that he is committed to coming back to help us win, and I told Ben that we would like to have him back to help us win a championship. We both understand that the next step is to work out Ben’s contract situation.”

The agent for Roethlisberger intimated as much on Tuesday.

“They want Ben back and will contact me soon to address the cap situation,” Ryan Tollner told NFL Network. “As we’ve shared since the season ended, we are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible.”

Roethlisberger, who turns 39 next week, threw for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 15 regular-season games last season. Roethlisberger has thrown for 60,348 yards with 396 touchdowns and 201 interceptions in 233 career games since Pittsburgh selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft.

He led the team to Super Bowl wins after the 2005 and 2008 seasons.

–Field Level Media

Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Browns won 48-37. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Steelers want Ben Roethlisberger back in 2021

The agent for Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger told NFL Network on Tuesday that the team wants the quarterback under center this season under a revised cap hit.

The comments came the same day that Roethlisberger met with Steelers president Art Rooney II, a meeting that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported “went well.”

Roethlisberger is slated for a $41.25 million salary cap hit in 2021, a number the Steelers are desperate to bring down.

“They want Ben back and will contact me soon to address the cap situation,” Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner told NFL Network. “As we’ve shared since the season ended, we are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible.”

Roethlisberger, who turns 39 in March, threw for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 15 games last season. Roethlisberger has thrown for 60,348 yards with 396 touchdowns and 201 interceptions in 233 career games since Pittsburgh selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft.

–Field Level Media

Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) walks off the field after throwing an interception to Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Sione Takitaki (not pictured) in the fourth quarter of an AFC Wild Card playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers yet to talk contract

Ben Roethlisberger remains in limbo as the Pittsburgh Steelers determine whether they can find a path forward with their franchise quarterback.

NFL Network reported on Monday that Roethlisberger and the Steelers have not scheduled the expected contract talks pegged as integral in determining whether he will return to the team in 2021.

Roethlisberger, who has the highest salary-cap number in the NFL for the 2021 season at $41.25 million, has said publicly he would accept a pay cut to play in Pittsburgh next season.

One week has passed since Steelers team president Kevin Colbert informed the media in vague terms that Roethsliberger’s status for 2021 was to be determined.

“He reiterated to us that he wants to continue to play. We told him we have to look at this current situation,” Colbert said.

Colbert described Roethlisberger as being a member of the team “as we sit here today” on February 17.

One possible reason for the delay: Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin tested positive for COVID-19.

It’s unclear how Tomlin’s health might factor into the ongoing cliffhanger with the Steelers.

Owner Art Rooney II said in January that Big Ben’s 18th season with the Steelers couldn’t happen under the terms of his current contract. Roethlisberger is due to earn $19 million next season, with $4 million in salary and $15 million coming as a roster bonus on the third day of the 2021 league year.

“We’ve left that door open,” Rooney said. “We’ve been up front with Ben in letting him know that we couldn’t have him back under the current contract.”

Roethlisberger turns 39 on March 2. He threw for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 15 games this season. The two-time Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowl selection said after Pittsburgh’s wild-card playoff loss to Cleveland on Jan. 10 that he has not made a decision about his future.

Roethlisberger threw for 501 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions in the 48-37 loss to the Browns.

Roethlisberger’s agent, Ryan Tollner, reiterated last month to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the longtime Steelers star would be amenable to making things work for the team.

“Ben knows he has more left, but having key players back … will be important,” Tollner told the Gazette. “Ben’s contract won’t hold things up. We told them immediately after the season we will make any necessary adjustment to help their cap situation in 2021.”

Roethlisberger has thrown for 60,348 yards with 396 touchdowns and 201 interceptions in 233 career games since Pittsburgh selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has COVID-19

Dec 13, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is away from team facilities after having been diagnosed with COVID-19, NFL Network reported Monday.

The Steelers would not confirm that but did say that coaches — including Tomlin — and other personnel were sent home last week after a couple of positive cases cropped up, per the report.

To that end, there’s no word on Tomlin’s condition or his symptoms.

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Jun 11, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) participates in drills during minicamp at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers GM to Ben Roethlisberger: ‘We have to look at situation’

Ben Roethlisberger met with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, general manager Kevin Colbert and owner Art Rooney to discuss his future in Pittsburgh.

Colbert said Wednesday that Roethlisberger stated his desire to be part of the team in 2021. Ultimately, however, the decision might not be Roethlisberger’s to make as Colbert repeated to the quarterback the message Rooney already had delivered — there are no guarantees.

“He reiterated to us that he wants to continue to play. We told him we have to look at this current situation,” Colbert said.

Colbert also couched Roethlisberger’s spot on the roster with an ominous qualifier: “As we sit here today.” He said the primary factor that must be resolved before talks can continue is the team’s overall salary cap situation.

The conversation was the first between the two sides since the retirement of center Maurkice Pouncey. Previously, Roethlisberger’s agent said Pouncey’s return to the Steelers would be a factor in the quarterback’s decision to continue playing.

Rooney said in January that Big Ben’s 18th season with the Steelers could not come with the contracted $41.25 million salary-cap hit. Roethlisberger is due to earn $19 million next season, with $4 million in salary and $15 million coming as a roster bonus on the third day of the 2021 league year.

“We’ve left that door open,” Rooney said. “We’ve been up front with Ben in letting him know that we couldn’t have him back under the current contract.”

Roethlisberger, who turns 39 in March, threw for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 15 games this season. The two-time Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowl selection said after Pittsburgh’s wild-card playoff loss to Cleveland on Jan. 10 that he has not made a decision about his future.

Roethlisberger threw for 501 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions in the 48-37 loss to the Browns.

Roethlisberger’s agent, Ryan Tollner, reiterated last month to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the longtime Steelers star would be amenable to making things work for the team.

“Ben knows he has more left, but having key players back, like (Maurkice) Pouncey, will be important,” Tollner told the Gazette. “Ben’s contract won’t hold things up. We told them immediately after the season we will make any necessary adjustment to help their cap situation in 2021.”

Roethlisberger has thrown for 60,348 yards with 396 touchdowns and 201 interceptions in 233 career games since Pittsburgh selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft.

–Field Level Media

Jan 25, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Twin brothers and centers Mike Pouncey of the Los Angeles Chargers (left) and Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers pose during AFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Twins Maurkice and Mike Pouncey retire from NFL

Twins Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Pouncey are retiring from the NFL.

The announcement was made on Friday by Ramon Foster, a former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate of Maurkice Pouncey.

“It’s my honor that my brothers from another asked me to announce the next stage in their life,” Foster tweeted. “After over a decade @MaurkicePouncey and Mike Pouncey are RETIRING from the @nfl.”

The Pouncey brothers, both centers, were first-round draft picks from Florida — Maurkice to the Steelers with the No. 18 overall pick in 2010 and Mike to the Miami Dolphins the following year with the No. 15 overall selection.

Maurkice spent his entire career with the Steelers. He twice was named a first-team All Pro, was selected to the Pro Bowl nine times and was part of the Hall of Fame All-2010s team. He played in 134 games, all starts.

Mike played seven seasons with the Dolphins until he was cut following the 2017 campaign. He signed with the Los Angeles Chargers and had a Pro Bowl season in 2018, but the following two seasons ended with him on injured reserve. In 2019, he suffered a neck injury, and in 2020, a hip injury ended his season in September. He played in 114 games, all starts.

The Pounceys turn 32 in July.

“We began this journey at 6 years old and now at 31 we will close this chapter of our lives as I announce my retirement from the @nfl and walk away from the game,” Mike Pouncey said in a statement posted by Foster.

Maurkice Pouncey also issued a statement via Foster and alluded to the toll football had taken on him.

“I’ll always love the game of football & always will be the ultimate competitor in life @nfl @steelers ! I’m jus not in love with the sacrifice football carries on my life, my beautiful daughters Jayda, Marley & my family!” he said.

–Field Level Media

Apr 18, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II accompanies his mother Patricia Rooney (R) widow of Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Daniel Rooney after his funeral service at Saint Paul Cathedral. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers matriarch Patricia Rooney dies at 88

Patricia Rooney, the matriarch of the Pittsburgh Steelers, passed away Saturday night at 88.

A team statement said she “passed away peacefully at home.”

A Pittsburgh native, she was the mother of Steelers president Art Rooney II and the widow of late Steelers president Dan Rooney. They were married 65 years until his death in 2017.

“It is a sad day for our family,” Art Rooney II said.

“My mother meant so much to not only all of us in the family, but she gave so much of her time and energy helping those in need in the Pittsburgh community. She will leave a lasting impression on so many people and organizations in our area, especially the Salvation Army and many organizations in the North Side of Pittsburgh, where my parents called home.”

Mrs. Rooney had nine children, three of whom predeceased her. She also is survived by 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

An ESPN film from 2019, “A Lifetime of Sundays,” focused on Mrs. Rooney and three other female owners of NFL teams: Martha Ford of the Detroit Lions, Norma Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs and Virginia Halas McCaskey of the Chicago Bears.

Another female owner, Gayle Benson of the New Orleans Saints, remembered Mrs. Rooney.

“She was a pillar of strength and grace and proudly represented not only the Steelers but also the millions of female football fans around the world,” Benson said in a team-issued statement. “We share in the sadness and sorrow that the Rooney family is experiencing and hope for grace, mercy, and healing in this most difficult time.”

Commissioner Roger Goodell and his wife, Jane, also paid tribute on Sunday.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Art Rooney and the entire Rooney family with the passing of his mother and our friend Patricia.

“Patricia represented the Rooney family and the Steelers with extraordinary grace, dignity and integrity. Patricia was passionately devoted to her faith, the wonderful family she and Dan raised and adored, the Pittsburgh community and the Steelers’ organization. She was also one of the most passionate football fans you could ever meet. … We will greatly miss her.”

Because of COVID-19, funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

–Field Level Media

Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Browns won 48-37. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers president: We can’t bring Big Ben back at cap hit

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II on Thursday left the door open for the potential return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the 2021 season.

Rooney, however, said Big Ben’s 18th season with the Steelers would not come with the sizable $41.25 million cap hit. Roethlisberger is due to earn $19 million next season, with $4 million in salary and $15 million coming as a roster bonus on the third day of the 2021 league year.

“We’ve left that door open,” Rooney said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We’ve been up front with Ben in letting him know that we couldn’t have him back under the current contract.”

Roethlisberger, who turns 39 in March, threw for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 15 games this past season. The two-time Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowl selection said after the wild-card loss to Cleveland on Jan. 10 that he has not made a decision about his future.

Roethlisberger threw for 501 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions in that 48-37 loss to the Browns.

Roethlisberger has thrown for 60,348 yards with 396 touchdowns and 201 interceptions in 233 career games since Pittsburgh selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Former Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers last week. The transaction was seen as a low-risk move by the Steelers, who also have Mason Rudolph under contract while fellow quarterback Josh Dobbs is set for free agency.

–Field Level Media

Nov 24, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Maryland Terrapins interim head coach Matt Canada stands on the field during warm ups before a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers promote Matt Canada to offensive coordinator

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach Matt Canada was promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.

Canada, 49, replaces Randy Fichtner, whose contract was not renewed after the 2020 season.

Canada has a deep background as a playcaller in the college ranks and was the Steelers’ quarterbacks coach for one season. His stops at the college level include an interim head coach role at Maryland in 2018.

He also worked at LSU, Indiana, NC State, Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

The Steelers also named Alfredo Roberts as tight ends coach on Monday.

–Field Level Media

Dec 8, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey (53) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey hinting at retirement

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is expected to retire after 11 seasons in the NFL, according to a report Sunday night from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pouncey has appeared in 134 games, all starts, since the Steelers drafted him in the first round (No. 18 overall) out of Florida. The 31-year-old was selected to nine Pro Bowls and twice was named as a first-team All-Pro.

The veteran “has told teammates he is likely retiring after 11 seasons,” the Post-Gazette reported. “Barring a change of heart, could be making a decision soon, per sources.”

–Field Level Media