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Kevin Colbert: Steelers “unanimous” on wanting Roethlisberger for rest of his career

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Last month, Steelers owner Art Rooney II said that the Steelers wanted quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to remain with the team beyond the end of his current contract, which expires after the 2015 season.

General Manager Kevin Colbert reiterated that feeling during an interview with 93.7 The Fan on Wednesday.

“We all recognize we are very fortunate to have a franchise quarterback,” Colbert said. “He still has a lot of tread on the tires. We feel great about how last season finished and we hope to build on that. It’s unanimous we all want Ben to finish his career here.”

What remains unclear is whether or not the team will try to extend or restructure Roethlisberger’s contract to help them with their cap situation. He has cap numbers of $18.895 and $18.395 million in the next two years, making it an obvious place to look for savings.

The team has extended quarterbacks with two years left on their deals in the past, but Rooney said it wasn’t “automatic” that they’d do so this offseason. Roethlisberger would likely look for a bump in his base salary ($12.1 million in 2014 and $11.6 million in 2015) in an extension, which could make things tricky for Pittsburgh as they try to get their financial house in order.

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43 Responses to “Kevin Colbert: Steelers “unanimous” on wanting Roethlisberger for rest of his career”
  1. ratbirdsrule says: Feb 20, 2014 9:42 AM

    very underrated, say what you want the guy wins.

  2. jmblosser82 says: Feb 20, 2014 9:47 AM

    Hopefully he is smart and helps find a cap friendly deal.

  3. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Feb 20, 2014 9:58 AM

    theyve all been here before- ben, Art II, colbert. theyll make it work. ben troy and leveon all have monster years again and Pittsburgh is a serious contender for the AFC crown in 2014.

  4. stainlessstill says: Feb 20, 2014 10:10 AM

    Steelers/Colts; 2014 season AFC Championship game. You heard it here first….

  5. arwiv says: Feb 20, 2014 10:14 AM

    With the way the QB salaries are going through the roof, its going to get increasingly more difficult for teams with top-end salary QB’s to have any great success. There is definitely something amiss in the relation of top end salaries for QB’s and the salary cap. 1 player of a 53 man squad accounts for 1/6th of the cap….that’s ridiculous.

  6. ravensdominate says: Feb 20, 2014 10:31 AM

    Yesssss

  7. Deb says: Feb 20, 2014 10:45 AM

    For whatever reason, mountains moved midway through last season. Either Ben, Haley, or both became concerned about their futures with the team and suddenly started communicating. The offense began to click, and the team started winning again. Now that everyone’s on the same page, I think Ben will make the deal necessary to ensure he retires a Steeler. And the Steelers will make the deal necessary to provide wiggle room within the salary cap.

  8. Joemontanaflacco says: Feb 20, 2014 11:19 AM

    He’s the best option available to lead them to another stunning 8-8 season.

  9. kevo95 says: Feb 20, 2014 11:59 AM

    He’s all we have keep Ben

  10. ajgreenhof says: Feb 20, 2014 12:11 PM

    Imagine how long he may have lasted if they gave him an offensive line.

  11. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 20, 2014 1:03 PM

    The Steelers are saying the right things to appease the fanbase. The fact is, Roethlisberger is going to want paid beyond what the team can afford. It’s just that simple.
    The offense “began to click” late last season because Roethlisberger reduced his high-rate of turnovers, and because both the defense and special teams contributed with scores.
    The Steelers are 10-13 in Roethlisberger’s past 23 starts. The team also played one of the weakest schedules possible the past two seasons with only mediocrity to show for it.
    Roethlisberger isn’t the only culprit in the Steelers’ decline. Tomlin’s pathetic clock management and inane personnel decisions, and a defense that went from extraordinary to ordinary are also to blame.
    If my concerns are misconstrued as being disloyal towards a football team I’ve watched with a passion the past 40 years, so be it.

  12. bigace73 says: Feb 20, 2014 1:04 PM

    Ben is better than he gets credit for, but as far as the AFC crown is concerned, if Denver beefs up their D, I just don’t see them getting beat. I was never a Manning fan, but he came to my Broncos & created an Hey I was wanting to buy a few too. So if ya will holla asap… Thanks bro.. powerhouse. its a thing of beauty, even if its only in the season.

  13. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Feb 20, 2014 1:16 PM

    Sounds good to us. He’s only going to get slower and more injury prone. He’s made his hay off of being elusive in the pocket, extending the play, and getting the ball down field. With age, and injury, he is losing/has lost the ability to make the first defender miss in the pocket. His best days in the league are behind him.

  14. sbchampsagain says: Feb 20, 2014 1:22 PM

    Ravens fans and T-Sizzle are unanimous on wanting Roethlisberger in pitt for the rest of his career too!

  15. ianwetpantscom says: Feb 20, 2014 1:29 PM

    “as they try to get their financial house in order.”
    LOL, they haven’t been able to do that for awhile now…

    Ben break the bank!

    #justsay’n

  16. weepingjebus says: Feb 20, 2014 1:48 PM

    Tom Brady doesn’t even know what 8-8 is. It’s like an unanswerable zen koan to him. “What is the sound of one hand clapping or the feeling of a .500 season?”

  17. overratedsteelerhater says: Feb 20, 2014 1:49 PM

    you have to keep that guy,theres nothing better out there.the guy is tough and a winner.pains me to say this be it’s true.

  18. citizenstrange says: Feb 20, 2014 2:25 PM

    What is this “We feel great about how last season finished…” Colbert is talking about?

    In his last game Roethlisberger scored 20 points, threw for 179 yards and had two interceptions and a fumble. The Steelers beat the Browns 20 to 7 ONLY because the defense carried Roethlisberger on its back. What else is new?

  19. jmssportsfanatic4ever says: Feb 20, 2014 2:35 PM

    I can’t see Big Ben being on another team. Sure he has had lots of injuries, but he still is a great quarterback to me. Since I am from Pittsburgh, I would want him to stay there for as long as he chooses. I live in Atlanta now though, but I still love my Pittsburgh Steelers’ team as one of my main teams.

  20. steelcurtainn says: Feb 20, 2014 2:51 PM

    The guys just a winner. He’s the class of the AFCN. Twice as many superbowl appearances then Flacco. 3 times as many as Dalton and I won’t even talk about the Browns. Nice to see management wants him to stick around to ultimately claim the 7th Lombardi trophy for the players and steeler nation.

  21. boomgrounder says: Feb 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    BIG been!

  22. dws123 says: Feb 20, 2014 3:43 PM

    The rest of the AFCN is happy to hear this.

  23. jmblosser82 says: Feb 20, 2014 4:03 PM

    Big Ben Vs AFCN
    41-11
    17-1 against the Browns
    15-6 against the Bengals
    9-4 against the Ravens

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 20, 2014 4:04 PM

    In his last game Roethlisberger scored 20 points, threw for 179 yards and had two interceptions and a fumble. The Steelers beat the Browns 20 to 7 ONLY because the defense carried Roethlisberger on its back. What else is new?

    8 13
    If Ben did that all by himself that was a great effort! I guess you need to be reminded that football is a team game played by individuals and the team with the best individuals usually wins.

  25. Joemontanaflacco says: Feb 20, 2014 4:50 PM

    By failing to execute the original play and then running around like a maniac prior to completing a pass, Roesthlisbooger has become the master at creating a crisis and then solving the crisis to draw attention to himself. The gullible Steelers’ fan base eats it up – despite five straight years of head-hanging disappointment.

  26. SmashMouthFootball says: Feb 20, 2014 5:00 PM

    So…..this could be posturing in the PR battle. A new contract is needed. Cap space is needed and Ben will want to be paid with the standards set the last couple years.

    They’ve said how much they love Ben. When negotiations get difficult it could appear in the PR battle its Ben (his agent) who is being unreasonable and pressure gets put on Ben for the hometown discout…afterall it can’t be the FO, they want him for his career.

    Maybe?

  27. jmblosser82 says: Feb 20, 2014 5:03 PM

    JMF, if you want to play the o-line excuse then so can Ben. For most of the last few seasons he got instant pressure more often then not. So yea, he had to ignore the play and run around. The Steeler skid is ending as the Raven skid starts.

  28. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 20, 2014 5:30 PM

    By failing to execute the original play and then running around like a maniac prior to completing a pass, Roesthlisbooger has become the master at creating a crisis and then solving the crisis to draw attention to himself. The gullible Steelers’ fan base eats it up – despite five straight years of head-hanging disappointment.

    It’s so funny this raven troll is obsessing over Ben when his teams star running back is summoned for beating his fiancé. Might want to defend your guy and leave your idol alone…just some advice skippy.

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 20, 2014 5:34 PM

    By failing to execute the original play and then running around like a maniac prior to completing a pass, Roesthlisbooger has become the master at creating a crisis and then solving the crisis to draw attention to himself. The gullible Steelers’ fan base eats it up – despite five straight years of head-hanging disappointment.

    Head hanging disappointment=== Ray Rice . You are trying to be funny while your team is in turmoil….time to disappear skippy.

  30. Deb says: Feb 20, 2014 6:45 PM

    If my concerns are misconstrued as being disloyal towards a football team I’ve watched with a passion the past 40 years, so be it.

    Don’t always agree, but appreciate your knowledgeable insights. Ben may say the right things now but still demand Flacco money. I assume he understands he’ll never get the adoration he experiences in Pittsburgh from another fanbase, so he’ll work within the team’s limitations. The Steelers can’t afford to play that game–and it’s not the way they’d roll if they could. They want Ben to retire a Steeler. But they’ve demonstrated many times they’ll cut ties with anyone if they can’t make a reasonable deal.

  31. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 20, 2014 7:17 PM

    With good reason, we need to keep Ben. For 40 years, the Steelers were dreadful – but often had physical, violent, angry defenses. We started getting some decent QB play and boom, the hardware started rolling in.

    Then, our QB play dropped off and we got nothing — not even on some monster defenses and rushing attacks of the ’90′s. Then, we get Ben – and we’re back regularly visiting the Super Bowls without needing a ticket.

    We were VERY fortunate to get Ben with the 2004 1.11 — it took a lot of weird factors, that are unlikely to replicate any time soon.

    Yeah, we need to seal up Ben.

  32. critterkiller33 says: Feb 20, 2014 8:28 PM

    He will bring the Steelers their 7th Lombardi Trophy before he is finished…

  33. lp0320 says: Feb 20, 2014 9:54 PM

    Maybe I’m looking at the world through rose colored glasses, but here’s hoping that the Steelers and Ben are able to work out an extension that benefits both the team and the QB.

    The last thing we want is another Ravens / Flacco deal where the it hurts the team!

  34. joeflaccospuremediocrity says: Feb 20, 2014 10:46 PM

    What’s a “franchise quarterback”?

  35. realitycheckbaby says: Feb 20, 2014 11:45 PM

    Yes.

    And pay him.

  36. steel2372 says: Feb 21, 2014 7:12 AM

    Not sure why The Ravens would want him to stay. They are 9-4 vs the Ravens. How soon you forget those playoffs win the Steelers have had against the Ravens not that long ago.

  37. steeltroll says: Feb 21, 2014 9:21 AM

    I’m trying to figure out why Ravens fans are commenting on Ben’s supposed terrible play after Flacco’s first year without Boldin. How’d your guy do with his new cap busting salary? And Benglas fans…Dalton was alternately good and wretched. That play off game? Baby it was a beauty. Yes AFCN, we Steelers fans are indeed quite happy to have Ben extended.

  38. holeinone09 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:03 PM

    From my experience as a Steeler fan, the organization does not say anything to appease fans that they don’t intend to follow through with. They don’t have to, and they are more than prepared to let players do s they have done in the past, so when they say they want Ben I take them at their word.

    Quite frankly, Ben has been a bargain recently compared to what other QBs have been paid. He has done a great job IMO, and considering what he has been surrounded with on offense considering injuries, talent, etc. That being said, Ben will likely have to accept a “below-market” deal compared to what he is truly worth. I sincerely hope that Ben and the Steelers work this out, it makes sense for both of them to do that. Ben should still be able to make a great deal of money, although not “overpaid Flacco” money, and retire a Steeler. Ben is and will still be elite for a number of years. Pittsburgh is good for Ben. He should retire a Steeler.

    Works this out folks!

  39. theuglitruth says: Feb 22, 2014 12:51 AM

    Looking at the Steelers record from 2007-2011…I think its clear where they messed up: Bruce Arians.

  40. jimmyjames65 says: Feb 22, 2014 8:48 AM

    Tomlin was almost a foot away from helping the Steelers make the playoffs.

  41. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 22, 2014 10:32 AM

    Harbs was a flacco away from making the playoffs.

  42. sbchampsagain says: Feb 24, 2014 10:12 AM

    Here’s the problem. Flacco got paid because he was a SB MVP, SB winning QB. He woulda gotten similar deals on the open market.

    Now the bar is set. It’s been a ripple effect.

    Cutler, Ryan and Romo, Rodgers now all make more than Flacco.

    Ben will want more $ now too.

    Unfortunateloy, the Steelers have been restructuring and kicking the can down the road and are $10M over the cap and can’t afford a new QB deal right now.

    Unfortunately I see more cap purgatory for the yellow & black because they won’t let Ben go somewhere else.

  43. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 24, 2014 11:54 AM

    “Here’s the problem. Flacco got paid because he was a SB MVP, SB winning QB. He woulda gotten similar deals on the open market. Now the bar is set. It’s been a ripple effect.”

    Moral of the story – Rahim Moore cost the NFL millions of $’s.

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