The Steelers are caught between a rock and hard place because of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s contract and a willingness to consistently push salary cap obligations into the future. Roethlisberger alluded to the situation after a 48-37 upset loss to the Browns on Sunday in an AFC wild-card playoff game.
“I still have a year left on my contract,” said Roethlisberger. “I hope the Steelers want me back if that’s the way we go. There will be a lot of discussions. But now is not the time for that.”
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated after the loss he believes Roethlisberger, who turns 39 in March, can still play at a high level. Roethlisberger set NFL single-game playoff records with 68 pass attempts and 47 completions against the Browns, but also threw four interceptions. His 501 passing yards were the second-most ever in a playoff game.