Ben Roethlisberger reportedly willing to take pay-cut to play in 2021

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Ben Roethlisberger wants to play another year with Steelers originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Steelers have been blessed with Hall of Fame-quality quarterback play for the last decade and a half, ever since Ben Roethlisberger was drafted in 2004.

Since then, he has tormented the rest of the AFC North, including the Ravens, multiple times every season. But in 2020, coming off a missed 2019 season, Roethlisberger looked more washed up than he had at any time prior in his illustrious career.

Despite the team's slow finish and his pedestrian performance, Big Ben is apparently hoping to suit up in the black and gold for at least one more season in 2021.

Roethlisberger's play isn't the only factor in his potential return to the team. His cap hit of $41 million would be tough to swallow even if he was in his prime - at his current level of play, it's untenable.

According to reports, the veteran understands this and is willing to shuffle around his salary and bonuses in order to make the finances work. The Steelers aren't in a great position to draft a new quarterback this season thanks to their postseason berth, though they did take a flier on Dwayne Haskins.

Perhaps Haskins plans to sit for a season behind Roethlisberger before taking the reigns in 2022, or maybe Pittsburgh will make a play for a different signal-caller by then. Either way, it appears both sides are hoping that the Ben Roethlisberger era will last at least one more year in Pittsburgh.