Both quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers have made it clear this offseason that they want to continue their working relationship until Roethlisberger retires, a topic that usually comes up in relation to the possibility of a contract extension.
Roethlisberger’s deal runs through 2015 and features hefty cap numbers that some thought the Steelers would attempt to bring down before next season gets underway. Discussions go on, although no deal appears to be imminent with a player who said “I bleed black and gold” during a Tuesday interview with 93.7 The Fan. He also talked about how long he’d like to continue bleeding.
“I feel like I’m in great shape,” Roethlisberger said, via ESPN.com. “I think I can get five, six, seven more years out of this arm and these legs.”
The 32-year-old played every snap for the Steelers on offense last season, holding up well while being sacked 42 times. The frequency of those sacks dropped as the Steelers began to employ more no-huddle that allowed him to get rid of the ball more quickly. Roethlisberger said the Steelers worked on the no-huddle on Tuesday, the first day coaches were allowed to work with players at their offseason workouts, and suggested it could be “a regular thing” in the coming season.
If that keeps Roethlisberger in “great shape,” his next contract should allow him to make good on his desired career length.