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Steelers intend to address Roethlisberger’s contract after season

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There were smatterings of discussion about an extension for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is signed through the 2015 season with cap hits of $18.895 million and $18.595 million, but nothing wound up happening on that front.

That’s not because the Steelers lack interest in keeping Roethlisberger around, however. Steelers president Art Rooney II said that he spoke with Roethlisberger before the team announced the extension for center Maurkice Pouncey to be sure that the quarterback knew where the team stood in regard to continuing a relationship that has netted the team a pair of Super Bowl victories.

“And so I talked to Ben, and then we talked with his agent Ryan Tollner about where we are and the fact we intend on addressing Ben’s contract situation after the season, so that we could address a number of players who were going into their last year in 2014,” Rooney said, via the team’s website. “I think Ben understands that’s our intention and the way we’d like to proceed. I think we had a good conversation.”

Rooney said that the fact that the cap is expected to go up again next season played a role in the team’s thinking as they’ll have more room to deal with Roethlisberger’s contract after being in a tough cap situation this offseason. It will be a while before there’s more discussion of Roethlisberger’s contract, but it should be one of the bigger stories of the next Pittsburgh offseason.

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28 Responses to “Steelers intend to address Roethlisberger’s contract after season”
  1. baltimoremikeg says: Jul 25, 2014 10:28 AM

    Signing Roethlisberger to an extension will doom the Steelers to 3-4 more years of not being the team they used to be.

    This team isnt making another Super Bowl before letting Big Ben retire and rebuilding the team.

    Aging Brady and the Pats might squeeze out one last Super Bowl win, but not aging Roethlisberger and the Steelers.

  2. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 25, 2014 10:29 AM

    Extension for Cortez Allen on deck. Then Ben and Heyward next year. Worilds can play his way into – or out of one – as well.

    Steelers have a ton of cap room to work with next offseason including $6.4m left this offseason that they can rollover if unused.

  3. shakespeare22 says: Jul 25, 2014 10:39 AM

    Ben needs to get in shape. Two Super Bowl wins and three chins.

  4. trollhammer20 says: Jul 25, 2014 10:42 AM

    In other words, they’re gonna sit and watch for a year, and if it appears he’s regressing or gets injured again, it’s off to Arizona you go, Ben.

  5. stillers213 says: Jul 25, 2014 10:43 AM

    It would be cheaper to sign him now than it would after Ben’s MVP season and Superbowl MVP he’s about to have.

  6. acerobc says: Jul 25, 2014 10:47 AM

    haha raven fan, and off course flacco es superman

  7. purpleguy says: Jul 25, 2014 10:55 AM

    Steelers’ camp seems like a pleasantly boring nunnery compared to the Ravens’ camp.

  8. 6ball says: Jul 25, 2014 10:59 AM

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    Smart move by the Steelers…..

    “Let’s see if your 2014 performance is worth 18 million and we’ll negotiate from there. “

  9. jtbsteeler says: Jul 25, 2014 11:09 AM

    Signing Will Hill is an admission that the DBfield is in for a world of hurt.

  10. citizenstrange says: Jul 25, 2014 11:12 AM

    If the Steeler defense can carry Roethlisberger on its back and gift wrap him seven or eight 13-9 wins and drag Roethlisberger kicking and screaming into the playoffs where he will go one and done then Roethlisberger gets an undeserved extension.

    The Steelers can go 8-8 or better with just about any first, second, or third string quarterback in the NFL.

    That’s just how good Roethlisberger is.

  11. 6superbowls says: Jul 25, 2014 11:13 AM

    Nice reach baltimoremikeg. At 32, Ben’s still better than Flacco (29).

  12. kremis says: Jul 25, 2014 11:15 AM

    Since being tebowed out of the playoffs the steelers have 0 winning seasons and no playoff appearances. This guy should take a big paycut
    as he is on the decline.

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 25, 2014 11:16 AM

    I’m not that familiar with tags, but can’t they also franchise him in 2016, and 2017? Might make more financial sense than a new deal. And I’d say if we can get 4 more quality years, that’ll yield 2 more rings.

  14. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 25, 2014 11:18 AM

    jtb, and it says Elam’s a bust.

  15. patbetw says: Jul 25, 2014 11:22 AM

    Ben used to surprise people with his ability to break tackles from a single defender. Now that the whole league knows about that they are tag teaming him more resulting in more injuries and fewer wins. Just a matter of time before NFL defences figure out any QB, he is no exeption.

  16. frenchysgoldfish says: Jul 25, 2014 11:34 AM

    The Steelers will sign #7 next year to a career completing contract. (As long as Big Ben stays out of trouble, or at least if he does get in trouble, it should be something minor like dragging his wife out of an elevator by her hair, and making her apologize for it.)

  17. djlexluger says: Jul 25, 2014 11:39 AM

    Steeler fans love to include the Ravens in their comments no matter the topic. Losers.

  18. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 25, 2014 11:47 AM

    citizenstrange says:

    If the Steeler defense can carry Roethlisberger on its back and gift wrap him seven or eight 13-9 wins and drag Roethlisberger kicking and screaming into the playoffs where he will go one and done then Roethlisberger gets an undeserved extension.

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    Except Steelers averaged over 28 the last 8 weeks of the season. But, lets not let facts get in the way of trolling here…

  19. stillers213 says: Jul 25, 2014 12:16 PM

    All you have to do is look at Ben the 2nd half of last season when he actually was given time in the pocket. I expect more of the same this season with a healthy O-line and a competent teacher. People who think Ben is taking more hits haven’t been paying attention and are in for a lot of sorrows and frustrations on Sundays.

  20. steelersnowand4ever says: Jul 25, 2014 12:22 PM

    Since being tebowed out of the playoffs the steelers have 0 winning seasons and no playoff appearances.

    C’mon guys, that line is getting old REAL fast. You need to come up with some good ones!

  21. steelcurtainn says: Jul 25, 2014 1:08 PM

    I see know reason to rush Big Bens contract extension. The steelers have made some moves this year to put this team back into playoff contention. The Rooneys are smart business people. They know exactly what their doing. There’s a reason the steelers have the most superbowl wins and appearances.

  22. hammertime13 says: Jul 25, 2014 2:52 PM

    I don’t believe all these people saying Ben is done. Last season he threw for more than 4200 yards, 28 tds to only 14 picks and finished with a rating in the top ten in the NFL. All this despite having a terrible o-line without its best player (Pouncey) and a running game that didn’t come together until the las third of the season. Ben is the only thing that kept the Steelers offense respectable last year. Yep sounds like he’s finished to me.

  23. ydousuk says: Jul 25, 2014 3:17 PM

    Since being tebowed out of the playoffs the steelers have 0 winning seasons and no playoff appearances.

    C’mon guys, that line is getting old REAL fast. You need to come up with some good ones!
    ———————————————–

    Why is it getting old, because it is the truth?

  24. ftomasic1961 says: Jul 25, 2014 4:20 PM

    sure it’s true, but tebow is out of the league, and ben is still a top ten qb….and the worst that can be said is that we have gone 8-8 twice……

    we have upgraded the team in terms of speed and youth…as well as a stable oline, that we didnt have…..

    i will take that anyday….

  25. udontknowjaq says: Jul 25, 2014 8:38 PM

    #7 Big Ben: NFL records

    Most regular season wins in a season, rookie QB — 13 (2004)

    Longest regular season win streak to start a career for a NFL QB — 15 games (won all 13 starts in the 2004 season, won first 2 games of the 2005 season)

    Most wins as a starting quarterback in first five NFL seasons (reg. season only) – 51 (from 2004–2008)

    Highest completion percentage, rookie season — 66.4% (2004)

    Highest single-game completion percentage, rookie season (min. 20 attempts) — 84.0% (completed 21/25 passes at Dallas on 10/17/2004)

    Most games with a completion percentage of 70.0% or higher, rookie season (min. 10 attempts) — 6 (2004)

    Most games with a completion percentage of 80.0% or higher, single season (min. 10 attempts) — 4 (2007)

    (Tie) Most touchdown passes, Monday Night Football game — 5 (11/5/2007 vs. Baltimore Ravens)

    First QB to start two Conference Championship games in first two seasons in the NFL (2004 & 2005)

    Youngest starting QB ever to win the Super Bowl (2005; second-youngest QB to play in the Super Bowl, behind Dan Marino)

    Second quarterback in NFL history, along with Peyton Manning, to register three perfect passing games during the regular season, and the only quarterback to ever register two perfect passing games in one regular season.

    Lowest passer rating for a Super Bowl winning QB — 22.6 (Completed 9 of 21 passes for zero touchdowns with two interceptions)[171]
    Second-youngest quarterback to win two Super Bowls.

    Second-fewest attempts by a quarterback to reach 25,000 yards passing — 3,109 (Kurt Warner is first with 3,076)

    Fourth-fewest starts by a quarterback to reach 80 regular season wins — 113 (behind Tom Brady, Roger Staubach, and Ken Stabler)

    Haters gonna hate.. Like him or not, Roethlisberger gets the job done! 90% + would take those numbers from their fav teams starting QB. The Qb’s around the league getting paid 20 million + a year are setting their teams back, other position players around the NFL holding out complaining what they getting does not even have the credentials BB has & Ben shows up to camp no complaints or anything about a contract. The Steelers FO has even done a nice job (IMO) of putting out the report of we are committed to BB & will get it done next year. With those numbers plus what could happen this year, the Steelers will reward him as whats he is worth & the Steelers see how BB stayed quiet on his contract. It’s been said by Rooney himself he will get paid thats enough for me.

  26. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jul 26, 2014 12:08 AM

    28 points a game once they switched over to the “Big Ben No Huddle” offense. Yeah, he’s really over the hill. These hater comments crack me up. As a wise man said:

    Roethlisberger was simply tremendous last season. He played for a team with a dysfunctional running game and patchwork offensive line most of the year. Antonio Brown was his only dangerous downfield weapon. The Steelers defense was largely nostalgia. Roethlisberger threw for 4,261 yards, 28 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions, nearly leading the Steelers to the playoffs under insanely difficult circumstances. A lesser quarterback would have gotten sacked 55 times (Roethlisberger was dumped 42 times), or gotten injured during the 0-4 start, or thrown over 20 interceptions from the pressure and shell shock.

  27. citizenstrange says: Jul 26, 2014 12:50 AM

    Except Steelers averaged over 28 the last 8 weeks of the season. But, lets not let facts get in the way of trolling here…
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    FACT: The Steelers did not make the playoffs.

  28. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jul 26, 2014 12:21 PM

    FACT: The Steelers did not make the playoffs… despite their quarterback once again carrying the defense.

    28 points a game and you can’t make it? Whose fault is that then — the offense? I don’t think so.

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