Ben Roethlisberger said he's leaning toward returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers for his 18th season and is willing to do "everything" to help the team this offseason.
"I want to do everything I can and made that very clear to them from the very beginning that it was my idea to basically help the team however I can this year," Roethlisberger told the Athletic.
The two-time Super Bowl champion said he thinks he "can do it and give us a real chance at winning" when asked about a possible return.
During a Zoom call Thursday, Steelers president and CEO Art Rooney II said the franchise is leaving the door open for Roethlisberger to return and make adjustments to his current contract.
"I think we've been up front with Ben in letting him know that we couldn't have him back under the current contract," Rooney said via ESPN. "I think he understands we have some work to do there. We'll have more conversations internally, and we'll have more conversations with Ben, and we'll have to know what the cap number is to finalize some of those decisions."
Roethlisberger added that he doesn't "care bout my pay at all this year" when asked about possible re-negotiations. The 38-year-old quarterback threw for 3,803 yards, 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 399 of 608 passing, while leading Pittsburgh to an AFC North Division Championship in 2020, before being eliminated by the rival Cleveland Browns in the AFC Wild Card round of the playoffs.
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