Posted November 20, 2013

Ben Roethlisberger says he ‘will do whatever it takes to stay’ in Pittsburgh

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Ben Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to a 4-6 record this season.

Ben Roethlisberger was named the AFC player of the week on Wednesday. (Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images)

Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger is countering claims he has asked to be traded by indicating he will make concessions just to stay with the team, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune‘s Alan Robinson.

Roethlisberger told reporters that he is ‘extremely happy’ in Pittsburgh, and that there was no validity to the reports of a trade demand. The two-time Super Bowl winner would be a $17.89 million hit on the Steelers’ payroll next season if he does not renegotiate his contract.

“You know what? Obviously, I will do whatever I need to do,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s something that can be discussed when the time comes. It’s not really my thing. I play football. I have people to deal with all that stuff. I will do whatever it takes to stay here and be a part of this team and help this team win.”

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The 4-6 Steelers are in a three way tie for 2nd behind the 7-4 Bengals in the AFC North.


6 comments
Jed1
Jed1

" ‘will do whatever it takes to stay’ in Pittsburgh"

After a fact check it's been determined that this is the first time in history that this sentence had ever been uttered.


Rickapolis
Rickapolis

You have to wonder where all these stories are coming from.  If Ben wants to stay and the Steelers want him to stay, who's saying he wants to be traded? With all these 'leaks' it seems that Big Ben is definitely gone at the end of the year. 

playemball
playemball

He better hope the Steelers want him..no one else wants that fat slob..

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

He could sign a much bigger contract going elsewhere, but he will take less to stay with the Steelers.  One of the best football organizations in the NFL.  Last starting Steeler QB to leave on his own - Neil O'Donnell to the Jets, and we know how well that worked out for him.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

His cap hit is only that high next yr because he's redone his contract for the past 3 seasons per the teams request to help them free up cap space each of the past 3 seasons.  His base salary is a lot less than his cap hit next yr.  The team made his cap number next yr what it is by going to him for the past 3 seasons and having him restructure his contract to help them out.

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

@playemball Yes, there is a huge selection of 2 time SB winning QBs (3 appearances) out there.