Although quarterbacks around the league are getting big contracts, Pittsburgh Steelers veteran Ben Roethlisberger apparently isn’t concerned about getting a new deal.
I have two years on my contract. I’m not going to be one to sit here and worry about my contract, the quarterback said Sunday, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. That’s not my job. My job is to play football. I’ll let my representation, the Steelers worry about all that stuff. To me, it’s all about going out and playing now.
Roethlisberger has a $23.2 million cap hit for 2018, which ranks ninth in the NFL among quarterbacks, per Spotrac.
Meanwhile, Roethlisberger might not even need another contract as a 36-year-old who has threatened retirement in the past. The Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph in the third round this offseason, and he could serve as a potential replacement under center down the line.
They’re set to rank sixth, sixth, and eighth at the position over the next three years, per Spotrac, and it’s not surprising that Jones would rather be paid like the best receiver in the NFL. So, he’s holding out. Fortunately for the Falcons, coach Dan Quinn says that the team and the star wideout have been talking dollars and cents. The good news is that there are conversations that have begun, Quinn said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
We’ll keep those private. I have a lot of faith in the organization and also in Julio that things will get resolved with good communications. I’m sure that’ll be a part of it as well.
While former NFL agent and CBS Sports contributor Joel Corry thinks we should expect to see more minicamp holdouts like Jones’ (and that of Seahawks safety Earl Thomas ) in the future, it’s not likely that every team will be as eager to pay those players as the Falcons appear to be.