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No extension appears imminent, but Roethlisberger always wants to be a Steeler

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At different points this offseason, Steelers owner Art Rooney II and General Manager Kevin Colbert have both said that the team wants quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to spend his entire career in Pittsburgh.

That suggested he’d be a candidate for a contract extension as he has two years left on his deal and cap numbers north of $18 million in each of the next two years that could come down for a team than annually has to make adjustments to fit under the cap. Roethlisberger, meanwhile, would secure his football future beyond 2015 while likely bumping his base salary over the $12.1 million he’s set to make during the 2014 season.

The Steelers moved in other directions to do their cap maintenance, however, and Roethlisberger’s $18.895 million cap figure looks like it will be remaining in place for this season. Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner said that discussions are ongoing with the team about a new contract, but said he wouldn’t offer any predictions about when it might be completed. The expectation is that it will be completed, though, because his client doesn’t want to play anywhere else.

“It’s always been critical to him,” Tollner said, via Scott Brown of ESPN.com. “From Day 1 he’s always admired players that could play with one organization and retire with that organization. That’s an underlying goal that always drives him, that he would always be a Steeler.”

Tollner said there was “mutual respect” on both sides regarding the talks about an extension and there’s every reason to think one will eventually get done as long as that remains in place.

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40 Responses to “No extension appears imminent, but Roethlisberger always wants to be a Steeler”
  1. weepingjebus says: Apr 23, 2014 11:02 AM

    Drop 40 lbs and we’ll talk.

  2. jjb0811 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:08 AM

    Steelers & Big Ben are a perfect fit. Their O line is coming together, the last 2 drafts they work on that. Added a sweet RB last year. All they need is a younger TE & WR then offense is rebuilt.

    D needs a few new young pieces which they can get in 2 weeks & they’ll be back in the conversation as a playoff contender.

  3. citizenstrange says: Apr 23, 2014 11:09 AM

    There will be no more playoff wins — and probably no more playoffs at all — for the Steelers as long as Roethlisberger and Tomlin are with the team.

    Times are tough now that Dick LeBeau’s defense isn’t handing them seven or eight 13-9 wins every season.

  4. briscocountyjr says: Apr 23, 2014 11:11 AM

    They need to draft bortles to replace him soon, he couldn’t get them to the playoffs and the steelers know he’s not going to be deserving a big pay day.

  5. steelerstrong says: Apr 23, 2014 11:13 AM

    Talent wise, he is the most under appreciated QB in the league.

  6. jeffdway says: Apr 23, 2014 11:21 AM

    No need to rush it. It’ll get done throughout the year most likely.

  7. wantcheesewityourwhine says: Apr 23, 2014 11:33 AM

    Even as a Qb, when Ben steps on the field he is one of the toughest players on it!

  8. gbmickey says: Apr 23, 2014 11:33 AM

    Way overpaid

  9. pappyjoe69 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:49 AM

    Ben is patient enough, intelligent enough and understands the “trust” in the Steeler organization. He will eventually get a contract, he will be happy with it, the Steeler’s will be happy with it and it will be a cap friendly deal.

  10. itsfootballbaby says: Apr 23, 2014 11:49 AM

    The dude is very tough but you have to wonder, given all the abuse he’s taken over the last 10 years, how much is left in the tank.

  11. Future HOF 20xx says: Apr 23, 2014 11:50 AM

    So this is a story about no movement on a contract that won’t expire for two years.

    Has-Been Ben once was pretty good but his style of play, lack of “detail work”, lack of leadership, and age at end of his current contract don’t mix well.

  12. steelcurtainn says: Apr 23, 2014 11:54 AM

    An extension will eventually get done and Big Ben will remain a steeler until retirement. Hopefully, he can add to the trophy case in Pittsburgh with 3 superbowl rings of his own and a trip to canton in the future.

  13. fordmandalay says: Apr 23, 2014 11:56 AM

    So in 2020 the Raiders will sign him as their new starter?

  14. ariani1985 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:58 AM

    Talent wise he is the worst QB in the league.

  15. ragnarthemagnificent says: Apr 23, 2014 11:58 AM

    Can’t trade him with that salary. That’s a lot of cheese to pay a guy with a team that has so many needs. Steelers are one losing season away from officially “rebuilding”. Trends have been showing teams are stronger when one player isn’t siphoning a high cap hit.

  16. ydousuk says: Apr 23, 2014 12:00 PM

    What about the restroom stops?

  17. gofor2with3pointlead says: Apr 23, 2014 12:05 PM

    I just don’t see it.

  18. sorosbolshevism says: Apr 23, 2014 12:09 PM

    No means no!!!

  19. longsufferingkcfan says: Apr 23, 2014 12:28 PM

    He seems like a bad man. It’s not nice to make women do those things with you. He shouldn’t be allowed to play football because football is fun and bad people shouldn’t be allowed to have fun.

  20. steel2372 says: Apr 23, 2014 12:31 PM

    gbmickey says: Apr 23, 2014 11:33 AM

    Way overpaid

    ======================================
    He isnt way overpaid when you look around the league at some QBs who havent even won a championship make as much or more than him. The man has two championships the numbers never lie. No way in todays market is he considered overpaid unless you want to comment that all of em are overpaid.

  21. cptbuff says: Apr 23, 2014 12:33 PM

    Even if Roethlisberger never plays another playoff game for the Steelers, he still has 2 Super Bowl wins, which is a super impressive legacy to leave behind, and more than a lot of franchises can claim in their history, including mine.

    Having said that, he’ll get back to the playoffs and probably win a couple more playoff games before his career is over.

    Signed,
    Bills fan

  22. Matt dog from C-town says: Apr 23, 2014 12:39 PM

    The Steelers….lots of swagger still, but not too many wins….i hope Ben re-ups so he’s stuck there with Tomlin to savor the stink…..

  23. stillers213 says: Apr 23, 2014 12:39 PM

    With Haley’s system, Ben changing the way he plays, and an improving O-line, he could easily play at a high level 4 or 5 more years.
    I don’t know how much impact an O-line coach can have, but I’m hoping Munchak contributes to prolonging his career as well.

  24. bhunter76 says: Apr 23, 2014 12:42 PM

    jjb0811 says:
    Apr 23, 2014 11:08 AM
    Steelers & Big Ben are a perfect fit. Their O line is coming together, the last 2 drafts they work on that. Added a sweet RB last year. All they need is a younger TE & WR then offense is rebuilt.

    D needs a few new young pieces which they can get in 2 weeks & they’ll be back in the conversation as a playoff contender.

    Agree w bbbo811. But might add that my belief the Steelers are a few tweaks and healthy bodies away from taking their division. Now what if you add an elite QB who is playing for his next contact? That fire is burn all over the AFC next season. It’s a perfect time not to sign him.

  25. joemammy says: Apr 23, 2014 12:48 PM

    I hope that Pittsburgh extends Roethlisberger for many years. As a matter of fact, I believe every city in the AFC North would cheer that one.

    Face it, Pittsburghers, Roethlisberger is not going to be one of those players who gets better with age, no matter how much you wish it. No more playoffs for you!

  26. dryzzt23 says: Apr 23, 2014 12:56 PM

    Big Ben needs to be less pass happy and learn that the run game will open up the pass game.

  27. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:06 PM

    Roethlisberger: 7 TD passes, 1 interception and an amazing tackle in those three memorable playoff games in 2005.
    In his other 11 postseason games: 11 TD passes and 13 interceptions.
    In his three Super Bowl appearances: 3 TD passes and 5 interceptions.
    Roethlisberger TQBR last season was a mediocre 54, his lowest TQBR since 2008, when the worst scoring offense in Super Bowl history was involved in a Super Bowl win.
    For as long as the Steelers had an elite scoring defense, Roethlisberger was a decent fit. But now, not so much. His obscene contract needs to be eliminated.

  28. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 23, 2014 1:31 PM

    For as long as the Steelers had an elite scoring defense, Roethlisberger was a decent fit. But now, not so much. His obscene contract needs to be eliminated.

    You are so right let’s go on line and get one at QB’ Are Us…

  29. stillers213 says: Apr 23, 2014 2:12 PM

    I still remember the painful years between Bradshaw and Ben. I’m fine with extending him until you have to literally carry his sorry carcus on to field. The odds of landing someone who will be better than Ben in the draft is about 1 in 20, and that’s being generous!

  30. juliusanonymous says: Apr 23, 2014 2:13 PM

    If Ben played in an all-female league, he would dominate every game. Of course, fans would be subjected to some heinous on-field activity, but whatevz. At least Pittsburgh fans could enjoy the wins.

  31. steelcurtainn says: Apr 23, 2014 2:52 PM

    lol at the stats. Them stats mean nothing in a team oriented sport. Looks to me like the steelers defense let them down last year not the qb. Big Ben practically carried the team to 8-8. The fact is Big Ben wins another championship he’s secured his way to Canton.

  32. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 23, 2014 3:22 PM

    I’m having a difficult time understanding what was so “painful” about the Steelers qualifying for the playoffs six straight seasons, from 1992 to 1996, without Roethlisberger.
    Secondly, the quarterback committed 20 turnovers last season, which contributed mightily to 0-4 and 2-6 starts.
    Yes, the defense is no longer among the top echelon. And that’s the problem. We (the Steelers) don’t have a quarterback capable of making up the difference.
    You can laugh at the stats (or lack thereof) all you want. But don’t think for a second the Rooneys are laughing. Otherwise, the QB’s contract would’ve been extended by now.

  33. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 23, 2014 3:48 PM

    Yes, the defense is no longer among the top echelon. And that’s the problem. We (the Steelers) don’t have a quarterback capable of making up the difference.
    You can laugh at the stats (or lack thereof) all you want. But don’t think for a second the Rooneys are laughing. Otherwise, the QB’s contract would’ve been extended by now.

    I have to laugh at your use of WE as if you are part of the Steelers. You are just an over opinionated fan who doesn’t like to be told he is wrong while acting like some sage with insider information. Truth be told you are someone fixated on Big Ben blaming him for the performance of all twenty two starters. Now sage did you forget it’s a team game….think about it Ben plays one position and is paid what a QB who has two rings does…stop complaining your story is very stale.

  34. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 23, 2014 3:54 PM

    Go feed your turtle, Slick.

  35. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 23, 2014 4:03 PM

    It’s funny the pathetic comebacks you get from someone not accustomed to being questioned or disagreed with.

    But hey this slick will feed his pet turtle named baby Zilla after his name sake. You have a great day sage and keep the insider info flowing.

  36. realitycheckbaby says: Apr 23, 2014 6:30 PM

    Slip sliding away…

  37. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 23, 2014 7:29 PM

    Ben is still capable of winning a SB with a slightly above average D. And when he does win it this year, I hope he throws 0 td’s and 2 int’s in a 13-9 win, to cement his Hall bust.

  38. realitycheckbaby says: Apr 23, 2014 7:56 PM

    Uh no, Ben can’t win. Not on Pittsburgh’s team.

    Too many holes on both sides of the ball.

  39. mikemyditka says: Apr 23, 2014 9:16 PM

    My guess is Ben will pull a Brady and re-up for slightly less than market value to help the team.

    After all, its a little known fact that NO player has been paid more on their contract than Ben Roethlisberger.

    He’s cashed over 80 million of his $100 million dollar deal already-most players who have signed for 100 million havent even gotten close to half of it.

  40. ixdarexu says: Apr 24, 2014 8:59 AM

    Good days are behind him.

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