Steelers HC Mike Tomlin offers mixed messages about Ben Roethlisberger’s return

At the end of Mike Tomlin's last press conference on the 2020 season, we had more questions than answers.
One big question was what the Steelers are up to with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, whose current contract expires at the end of the 2021 season.
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When WPXI sports caster Alby Oxenreiter asked Tomlin if it was realistic to expect Roethlisberger given the impact on the salary cap, Tomlin said, "I think it's reasonable to assume that there is a chance he'll come back for sure."
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Roethlisberger's return is linked to a hit of $ 41 million, or 23 percent of the total cap, according to OverTheCap.com. The contract pays him $ 19 million - $ 4 million base salary and a $ 15 million roster bonus due March 15. The remaining $ 22.25 million is a prorated bonus that is reported as dead money or money that Pittsburgh will be responsible for even if Ben is released or retired.
Tomlin claims he is unfamiliar with the current Steelers salary cap. "I'm very much in the information gathering phase there," he said.
Whatever the Steelers decide, we will know when that $ 15 million bonus is due before March 15th.
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