Roethlisberger: “I’ll Do Whatever It Takes To Stay Here And To Be A Part Of This Team”
Another day and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues to be asked about his future with team even though he’s currently under contract through the 2015 season.
On Wednesday, Roethlisberger was indirectly asked about a Tuesday evening report by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that suggested the quarterback will need to make concessions this coming offseason to help out with the salary cap should he sign a contract extension.
“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.”
This response from Roethlisberger will now trigger articles suggesting that the Steelers diabolical plan to get their quarterback to cave midseason has worked perfectly. You know, the conspiracy theory that team president Art Rooney II started all of this trade and contract talk in the middle of the season in order to get Roethlisberger to profess his love for the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh so that it results in a big hometown discount during the offseason.
“I love being in Pittsburgh,” Roethlisberger stated again on Wednesday.
There you go, conspiracy theorist, it worked.
Maybe the media will now let Roethlisberger focus on beating the Cleveland Browns this Sunday in order to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. Nah, who am I kidding.
ETA: I told you this would happen. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/20/roethlisberger-will-do-whatever-is-needed-to-help-team-from-a-cap-standpoint/