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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and president Art Rooney II reportedly had a meeting Tuesday.

According to Gerry Dulac with our news partner at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the meeting “went well.”

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“Ben Roethlisberger met w team president Art Rooney II today and the meeting “went well,” according to sources,” Dulac tweeted Tuesday.

Ben Roethlisberger met w team president Art Rooney II today and the meeting “went well,” according to sources

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) February 23, 2021

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Roethlisberger currently holds a $41.25 million salary-cap hit in 2021, the highest of any player in the league. Both the quarterback and the team have taken turns in recent weeks talking about the need to lower that number considerably, particularly with the Steelers facing the difficult prospect of navigating a salary cap that might be $15 million to $20 million less than in 2020 thanks to a significant decline in gate revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roethlisberger is due a $15 million roster bonus on March 17, well before the draft and just three days into the league new year.

The big question is will Roethlisberger agree to return by accepting conditions set forth by the team? That was certainly part of what Rooney and the franchise quarterback discussed Tuesday.

Dulac shared more about the meeting with KDKA.

“Ben Roethlisberger has been wanting to meet Art Rooney II and (coach) Mike Tomlin now for almost two weeks,” Dulac said. “That interview process last week was delayed when Mike Tomlin tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. But he was able to meet today with Art Rooney II. What I can tell you is that meeting “went well.” We’ll see where that leads, but it at least a positive note than a negative note.”

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Last year, the NBA’s response to the coronavirus pandemic served as a model for professional sports leagues. The league held a restarted season and entire postseason in a bubble setting and had zero positive cases of COVID-19.

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But for the 2020-21 season, the league felt that holding an entire season in a bubble setting was untenable, opting instead to have teams travel with coronavirus protocols in place. As expected, there have been some positive COVID cases, but thus far, teams have generally taken the protocols seriously and avoided a major stoppage.

And yet, despite all the precautions in place during the regular season, Adam Silver thought it would be fine to hold an All-Star Game in Atlanta — even amid objections from players.

It was a terrible idea when the plans were announced, and on Sunday, the situation got even worse.

The NBA has ruled Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons OUT of tonight’s All-Star Game:

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 7, 2021

Due to contact tracing, the NBA ruled out Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons for Sunday’s All-Star Game. The league is not expected to replace the players. And with just hours before tipoff, fans waited no time to rip the league for even holding an All-Star Game during a pandemic.

The NBA, currently

— Farmer Jones (@thefarmerjones) March 7, 2021

Adam Silver- we are doing this All Star game “for the fans”

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Adam silver trying to balance the owners, players, and fans interests

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“mr silver, why are we having an all star game in the middle of a pandemic?”

adam silver:

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Adam Silver: “Hey buddy, I know it’s short notice but do you wanna play in the All-Star ga—“

Trae Young:

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Adam Silver sending All-Star weekend to Atlanta

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If the NBA having an all star game in the middle of a pandemic doesn't show people that leagues value money over the safety and health of their players I don't know what will

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Adam silver counting his money while the all star game is having a pandemic issue

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Adam Silver: Wait until after the game to judge whether it was a mistake.

Can we judge it yet?

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This is how Adam Silver will be pulling up to the All-Star game later today:

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Adam Silver making sure the NBA ASG still happens.

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Adam Silver seeing the news about Embiid and Simmons.

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