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FINAL: Browns 21, Steelers 7

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FOURTH QUARTER

5:33 Mayfield turns the turnover into points, finding tight end Stephen Carlson in the back of the end zone behind Mark Barron.

6:45 Mason Rudolph with an absolutely crippling interception. Makes the touchdown-saving tackle. We’ll see if it matters. Steelers in a deep hole.

THIRD QUARTER

5:39 The Steelers got a long drive with four Cleveland defensive penalties to set up a 1st and goal and Mason Rudolph hit Jaylen Samuels on a check down for a short scamper to the pylon. Steelers cut the lead to 14-7.

SECOND QUARTER

9:59 A mistake-filled sequence for the Steelers defense, with three blown coverages and a defensive pass interference penalty on Joe Haden combining to set the Browns up with the second touchdown, this one from Mayfield to Jarvis Landry.

FIRST QUARTER

7:47 The Steelers drive the length of the field, but come away with no points after a bobbled snap causes Chris Boswell to miss from 44 yards out.

11:07 After a long pass from Baker Mayfield to Odell Beckham, Jr., Mayfield takes a quarterback sneak over the goal line.

13:00 The Steelers are already thin at outside linebacker, with Anthony Chickillo inactive. Now Ola Adeniyi was injured on a punt cover. Jay Elliott, who didn’t practice all week, is the only backup available.

GAMEDAY INFO

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 8:25 pm
First Energy Field, Cleveland, Ohio

TV/Radio: NFL Network, FOX (WPGH-TV), Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrew, Kristina Pink, Mike Pereira. Steelers Radio Network (102.5 WDVE-FM), Bill Hillgrove, Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley.

Line: Steelers -3

INACTIVES:

Steelers: Benny Snell, Jr. (knee), Anthony Chickillo (rib cartilage), Paxton Lynch, Justin Layne, Chukwuma Okorafor, Zach Gentry, L.T. Walton

Browns: WR Taywan Taylor, S Eric Murray, CB Robert Jackson, DE Olivier Vernon, T Kedall Lamm, G Drew Forbes, DE Bryan Cox

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Art Rooney: Meeting with Ben Roethlisberger ‘Productive,’ Work to Be Done on Contract

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Steelers president Art Rooney II acknowledged his meeting with team quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Tuesday, but said no agreement has been made with regards to his contract situation for the 2021 season.

Rooney said that the team desires to have Roethlisberger return for an 18th season in 2021, and Roethlisberger re-affirmed his desire to return to the team.

“Ben Roethlisberger and I met (Tuesday) morning and we had a productive meeting,” Rooney said in a statement. “We were able to discuss a lot of things that relate to where we are and where we want to go. Ben assured me that he is committed to coming back to help us win, and I told Ben that we would like to have him back to help us win a championship.

“We both understand that the next step is to work out Ben’s contract situation.”

Roethlisberger had already publicly stated that he wanted to return to the team. Rooney and Steelers general manger Kevin Colbert have been more guarded about Roethlisberger’s future in the past.

It seems clear now that both sides are committed to Roethlisberger returning, but the contract details could still represent a significant hurdle. Roethlisberger is currently set to cost more than $41 million toward the team’s salary cap in 2021. Of that, almost $19 million is able to be modified through either a salary reduction or an extension to move some of that money to 2022 or beyond.

The Steelers are approximately $12.4 million above a projected $180.5 million salary cap, according to a Steelers Now estimate. The official salary cap for the 2021 has not yet been released, but is expected to be between $180 and $185 million, according to Steelers Now sources. NBC Sports reported on Tuesday that it could come it at $182-183 million.

The Steelers will need to be under the maximum salary by March 17. Reducing Roethlisberger’s cap hit is just one of several ways the Steelers can get under the cap figure. They can also restructure more contracts, as they did with defensive tackle Cam Heyward on Monday, but restructuring alone will not solve the cap issue.

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Report: Ben Roethlisberger’s Agent Says He Will Return in 2021

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner reportedly says he will return as the team’s quarterback in 2021, according to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.

Kinkhabwala tweeted Tuesday she had spoken with Tollner, who confirmed the Steelers want Roethlisberger back in the fall, and will soon reach out to his agent to rectify his massive cap hit.

“As we’ve shared since the season ended, we are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible,” Tollner told Kinkhabwala. “A year ago, Ben wasn’t sure if he could throw again, but he battled back to get 12 wins and the 8th division title of his career. They lost steam down the stretch and that doesn’t sit well for him, so the fire burns strong and there is plenty of gas in the tank.”

The news confirms the Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac’s earlier report that Roethlisberger and the organization met Tuesday, adding it “went well.”

Roethlisberger’s $41 million cap hit is the largest in the league entering the 2021 season, which poses a significant obstacle for the Steelers. He could forgo up to nearly $18 million of his salary for this upcoming season to provide the team some much-needed breathing room.

Roethlisberger finished with a successful season statistically in 2020, but was plagued by inconsistency, as the Steelers dropped five of six following an 11-0 start.

The two-time Super Bowl champion passed for 3,803 yards and 33 touchdowns with ten interceptions, but saw his play drop over the latter half of the year.

Roethlisberger is set to turn 39 years old on March 2.

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Report: Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger Met to Discuss Future

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The Pittsburgh Steelers met with star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to begin discussions on his contract situation for the 2021 season, according to a report by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

Roethlisberger met with team president Art Rooney II and the meeting “went well,” according to Dulac.

The two sides had not come together to discuss Roethlisberger’s future since just after the end of the 2020 season in January.

Rooney and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert have said that Roethlisberger and the team will need to come to an agreement on contract modifications that will reduce his salary cap hit for the 2021 season.

Roethlisberger is currently set to cost more than $41 million toward the team’s salary cap in 2021. Of that, almost $19 million is able to be modified through either a salary reduction or an extension to move some of that money to 2022 or beyond.

The Steelers are approximately $12.4 million above a projected $180.5 million salary cap, according to a Steelers Now estimate. The official salary cap for the 2021 has not yet been released, but is expected to be between $180 and $185 million, according to Steelers Now sources. NBC Sports reported on Tuesday that it could come it at $182-183 million.

The Steelers will need to be under the maximum salary by March 17. Reducing Roethlisberger’s cap hit is just one of several ways the Steelers can get under the cap figure.

They can also restructure more contracts, as they did with defensive tackle Cam Heyward on Monday, but restructuring alone will not solve the cap issue.

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