Ben Roethlisberger: Hopefully I’ll sign an extension “sooner than later”

AP

The Steelers are expected to part ways with a few more veterans from their defense this offseason with safety Troy Polamalu, cornerback Ike Taylor, linebacker James Harrison and defensive end Brett Keisel all possibly at the end of their time with the team.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been teammates with those players for a long time and said Tuesday that he cherishes the time he got to spend with players he considers “brothers.” Roethlisberger has one year left on his own contract, but he isn’t thinking about following those players and other former Steelers out of Pittsburgh.

“This is as healthy exiting a season as I’ve felt. I felt as healthy throughout the season just cause of the offseason work I put in last offseason and I plan on doing that again this year. I feel great, I felt great all year, and we’ll continue to do that. Ultimately it’s up to the representation and the Rooney family to do something hopefully this offseason and hopefully sooner than later because I love being here with this family,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. “When the time comes, I’m sure [my agents will] come in town here before too long, whenever they start getting ready to talk to the Rooney family and we’ll sit down and we’ll discuss all the different options and possibilities and so when that time comes, I don’t think we’ll leave any stone unturned.”

Roethlisberger is coming off one of the best seasons of his career and there’s not much reason to expect a drop in 2015 when he’ll continue to count Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Heath Miller among his supporting cast on offense. Assuming the Steelers don’t have any concerns about Roethlisberger’s health — coach Mike Tomlin said at a Tuesday press conference that Roethlisberger may have knee surgery this offseason — an extension is probably of interest for both sides.

80 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: Hopefully I’ll sign an extension “sooner than later”

  1. This is a great time to be a Ravens fan. We cleaned house after our last Superbowl win, now we are stronger and better than ever. The Steelers will resign their old players because they feel they owe them something, and they will continue to be irrelevant. Cheers!

    #ravensownthepatriotsintheplayoffs
    #joemontanaflacco
    #raygodlewis

  2. It would be much deserved, he has now proven why he’s a top 5 QB in the NFL this year with 2 SB wins and leading a few passing category’s this year, also a tough SOB to bring down…

    -Dolphins Fan

  3. Getting late in his career. If he ever wants to win another Super Bowl, he should consider leaving a bit of money on the table to help the team sign some additional pieces, especially on defense. Like Tom Brady.

    Might not hurt his image all that much as well. That image could use a bit of help.

  4. Ben and the Steelers will work out an appropriate contract extension that will enable him to retire a Steeler. They were a few missing pieces away on defense (and possibly at backup RB!) to get to the Super Bowl. I expect they will fill those holes for next season.

  5. Since being Tebowed out of the playoffs years ago, the Steelers have o playoff wins. The latest playoff game saw Jump Ball Joe throwing darts all over the field and he Flaccoed the Steelers out of the playoffs on their own playground.
    It sure was the “bye” week the Steeler fans were talking about! “Bye Bye till next year!” hahahahaha

  6. The Bill Cosby of QB’s always has his agents doing his negotiations, regardless of circumstances

  7. He’s a second tier QB heading to the third tier. He’ll never be up there with the Peyton, Romo, Brady trifecta.

  8. Living through the years, with Neil O’Donnell, Kordell Stewart, Mike Tomczak, Kent Graham, this past decade has been a blessing, to have a legitimate franchise quarterback.

    Never liked Ben as a human being.. very sleezy guy, even though he appears to have grown up, but as a QB, he is definitely top 5 material. Can make all the throws, tough as hell (although he tends to embellish his injuries a bit), and a valid field general.

    That said, this will be his last big contract… about 5-6 years, $120 million seems about right for his skillset.

  9. In my lifetime as a proud Pittsburgher:

    6 – Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Championships!

    3 – Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championships!

    2 – Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Championship!

    I am proud! And, spoiled in riches!
    Anyone here care to top that?!

  10. Ben’s a HOF lock if he retires tomorrow, his numbers and accomplishments are already superior to other QBs already enshrined. Also keep in mind, the Steelers franchise is one of the elite in league history, and having the all time statistical leader for that franchise carries more weight than the Cardinals franchise among others.

    And while franchises like the Packers have won more overall league titles, Super Bowl wins are still more difficult to obtain. Six of Green Bay’s overall titles either involved no championship game or home field advantage at Lambeau Field.

  11. The steelers front office will need to revamp that defense if they expect to win. All those offensive players listed are really good, but if there’s one thing I’ve witnessed over the years, its that Big Ben needs a shutdown D to win it all (see his first two Super Bowls). Until then the steelers will continue to come up short.

  12. I’m not signing you to a huge contract Ben, Sorry. You’re gonna be 33 at next seasons start. you’re mobility is slowing and the o line, ESPECIALLY tackles, can’t block very well. Considering the buffoon of a GM still doesn’t have a QUALIFIED replacement for you, I offer you a 3 year extension tops. Discount would be nice to actually get some players back onto his team that aren’t 35,36,39 years of age.

  13. icabodslip says:
    Jan 6, 2015 1:12 PM
    In my lifetime as a proud Pittsburgher:

    6 – Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Championships!

    3 – Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championships!

    2 – Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Championship!

    I am proud! And, spoiled in riches!
    Anyone here care to top that?!
    ==============================
    11 Championships, not bad, how about 15?
    6-Boston Celtics
    3-Boston RedSox
    3-New England Patriots
    3-Boston Bruins

    Guessing you forgot about the NBA… But since you dont have 4 teams, I will make it fair and drop one off the list. We will call it your top 3, versus my top 3. My count is 12-11

  14. In my lifetime as a proud Pittsburgher:

    6 – Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Championships!

    3 – Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championships!

    2 – Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Championship!

    I am proud! And, spoiled in riches!
    Anyone here care to top that?!
    ==================================
    In my lifetime…

    Chicago Bulls – 6
    Chicago Blackhawks – 2
    Chicago Bears – 2
    Chicago White Sox – 1

    And then there are the Cubs……

  15. Not bad kyatropicfanforlife. You’ve had some great teams to enjoy.

    However, there is one minor error. The NFL championships = the AFC/NFC Championship games. There used to be 2 leagues with just a handful of teams. So it was much easier to win a championship in the NFL/AFL when there were only 12 teams.

    THEN, someone decided that the champion of each league should play in a second championship game, now mown as Superbowl 1. The leagues eventually combined but those old championship games then became the AFC/NFL championship games (one game short of the SB).

    That is why there is no mention of NFL/AFL Championship games in the weeks leading up to the SB. While it was all they had at the time, no one cares. Congrats on winning the 1952 championship when the other team’s players might not have been allowed off from their actual job to play. Congrats on being the best in a league of 12 teams!!!

    Pre-SB “championships” do not count.

  16. That goes back to 1970, you make it sound like I am going back to the 1920s… Laughable. All butt hurt that you got punked after boasting. There are plenty of Boston fans that can go back beyond that, with the Celtics having 17 championships…

  17. In other words, you weren’t even born during some of those Boston championships. I was born in 1963. I lived thru the championships. That was my initial point.

  18. abninf says:
    Jan 6, 2015 1:07 PM
    He’s a second tier QB heading to the third tier. He’ll never be up there with the Peyton, Romo, Brady trifecta.

    I can’t believe you put Romo up there with Peyton and Brady. Ravens fan here, and I’d take Ben any day over Romo.

  19. Only a fool would NOT sign Ben to a contract extension.

    Just ask Cleveland, Bengals, Jax, The Bucs, Raiders, and about 10 other teams how hard it is to find a franchise QB.

    If the Steelers were to let Ben go (which they would NEVER do at this stage of his career), they would spend the next 10-15 years looking for a quality QB to take them to the post-season, forget finding a franchise QB.

    …..And all those teams listed are STILL looking for a franchise QB after many, many years – and are years away from finding one…..

  20. Wrong the talent wasn’t as diluted as it is todAy so it was equally as hard or possibly harder to win, stop u typical pissbag fan u you are wrong and continually sickening to everybody else! Pits fans make it very easy to root against you!

  21. kyatropicfanforlife says:
    Jan 6, 2015 1:37 PM
    icabodslip says:
    Jan 6, 2015 1:12 PM
    In my lifetime as a proud Pittsburgher:

    6 – Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Championships!

    3 – Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championships!

    2 – Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Championship!

    I am proud! And, spoiled in riches!
    Anyone here care to top that?!
    ==============================
    11 Championships, not bad, how about 15?
    6-Boston Celtics
    3-Boston RedSox
    3-New England Patriots
    3-Boston Bruins

    ===================================

    How about 16? As a proud Pittsburgher and transferred Texan:

    6 – Steelers Titles
    3 – Penguins Titles
    2 – Pirates Titles
    5 – Spurs Basketball Titles

    For me nothing beats the first Penguins title (for Mario), the ’79 Pirates (for Willie), the ’05 Steelers (for Bettis), and the ’14 Spurs (for Duncan).

  22. The steelers front office will need to revamp that defense if they expect to win. All those offensive players listed are really good, but if there’s one thing I’ve witnessed over the years, its that Big Ben needs a shutdown D to win it all (see his first two Super Bowls). Until then the steelers will continue to come up short.

    If you were the least bit observant you would see that the defense has already undergone a massive over haul that improved as the year progressed. Ben had a great year and had Bell not been injured we would not be bombarded by the stupid trolls saying the usual old and slow or the ever dumb Tebow stuff. Any team that loses 2200 yards of offense is going to put their defense in a tough spot as well as the O line when that player is a very skilled blitz blocker. To place the blame reflects your total lack of understanding about what Ben did this year along with Bell and Brown. Considering this was to be a rebuilding year a division champ is a good thing to be called at year end.

  23. icabodslip says:
    Jan 6, 2015 1:12 PM
    In my lifetime as a proud Pittsburgher:

    6* – Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Championships!

    3 – Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championships!

    2 – Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Championship!

    I am proud! And, spoiled in riches!
    Anyone here care to top that?!
    _______________________________

    Yeah – I don’t live in Pittsburgh!

    *asterisked because the refs apologized for impacting the outcome of the Seahawks SB.

  24. Easy Decision. Big Ben had his best season so you pay the guy. Sign him thru 2017/18, beef up the defense and he’ll be collecting another superbowl ring before the retires.

  25. Big Ben is going to be closely looking at the guaranteed money in his next contract. You know just in case he needs to pay some settlement money to some unfortunate woman.

  26. Please sign him to at least a 5 year contract, He will have surgery on his knee and become even more immobile than he already is. With the sieve of an offensive line, that means more sacks, and more of benny rolling on the ground like he got hit by a cement truck when barely grazed. He had a surprisingly decent season, but don’t count on a repeat next year, and as far as stats, he hasn’t won a playoff game in 3 consecutive years. and winning a title is the goal, not decent stats, by the time they get the pathetic defense fixed, ben will be washed up or injured beyond repair. He should just enjoy his rings that he basically walked into with the great defense, and team he had around him at the time, and just walk off into the sunset. Fact is they will not win another title with ben as QB.

  27. Art Rooney II is still pissed at Ben! Great job by Ben this year to cost the Steelers more money. They should have signed him this offseason.

    Ratbirds fans you beat the Steelers who played without Bell. Bet HIGH on the Pats. Your team blows on offense.

  28. “He’s a second tier QB heading to the third tier. He’ll never be up there with the Peyton, Romo, Brady trifecta.”

    Th fact that you would put Romo in the same category as Peyton and Brady, much less Ben, show you know nothing about football.

    Ben has been to as many SUPERBOWLS as Romo has been to playoff games. Ponder that.

  29. If this was a rebuilding year, what were the last 2 8-8 yrs with no playoffs?

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    Any year without a Lombardi is a rebuilding year Ted. By the way how long has it been since your Pats won one? Must be rebuilding or do you call it something else in the land of Chowder heads?

    Ben will get his deal when both sides are ready, but it will be very entertaining listening to the haters and experts on here blithering on and on …..sort of like watching paint dry.

  30. “If you were the least bit observant you would see that the defense has already undergone a massive over haul that improved as the year progressed. Ben had a great year and had Bell not been injured we would not be bombarded by the stupid trolls saying the usual old and slow or the ever dumb Tebow stuff. Any team that loses 2200 yards of offense is going to put their defense in a tough spot as well as the O line when that player is a very skilled blitz blocker. To place the blame reflects your total lack of understanding about what Ben did this year along with Bell and Brown. Considering this was to be a rebuilding year a division champ is a good thing to be called at year end.”

    The D was good at times, BUT NOT THAT GOOD and many of the top defensive picks have not panned out that well. I am observant, as I’ve watched many of their games and read most of the articles (from PITT media) talking about how the PITT front office has failed to replace the aging defenders (even though they’ve been drafting defensive players early the last few years).

    I’ll tell you something else. The Ravens had the reshuffle their line do to both of their starting tackles being injured and they still only sacked Flacco once. Also don’t give me that “Bell being out lost the game crap.” The Ravens started the season missing their starting running back then lost their top Tight End, Corner back, (7 more corners hurt to follow) as well as the two tackles mentioned and we still spanked em, so don’t cry.

    Sure the steeler offense is good, but let me remind you they played one of the easiest schedules this season (still losing to the Buc’s and Jags) and next year it gets a lot tougher as the AFC North must play the NFC West and AFC West not to mention a tougher AFC North x 2 and two games against playoff quality teams.

    I have a feeling you will be fooling and drooling on here a bunch next season. Until then, so long steelers!

  31. The Steelers weren’t even supposed to win 8 games this season and some predicted to finish last in the North! The Ravens had enough pieces to their team and added dimensions like Steve Smith to make them better, let alone having one of the best defensive lines in football, including Suggs and Dumerville.

    The Steelers? A team so spotty throughout ALL season. a horrendous defensive backfield. A spotty defensive line. Rotation of linebacker weekly. A Steelers offense that was experimenting.

    Make no mistake, nobody had the Steelers back this early. Now they are back on the rise and have the pieces to become dominant once again.

    Patriots by 13.

  32. I’ll tell you something else. The Ravens had the reshuffle their line do to both of their starting tackles being injured and they still only sacked Flacco once. Also don’t give me that “Bell being out lost the game crap.” The Ravens started the season missing their starting running back then lost their top Tight End, Corner back, (7 more corners hurt to follow) as well as the two tackles mentioned and we still spanked em, so don’t cry.

    @jagoff. Were any of these players an AllPro at there position or have they accounted for 2200 yards of offense? We both know the answer to that but admitting it would lessen your inflated impression of the Raven victory. Doesn’t bother me as I am very proud of the Steelers we won the division, didn’t have to cut a wife abuser, didn’t support a wife abuser by applauding him at a preseason game, didn’t have a PED abuser, didn’t have team officials try to sweep spousal abuse under the rug, and finally didn’t lie to the commissioner about what they knew about the abuse and when. Can’t say I would be proud to be a Raven fan.

  33. Don’t you usually wait to do this kind of stuff until your season is over? Oh…wait…never mind.

  34. How about 16? As a proud Pittsburgher and transferred Texan:

    6 – Steelers Titles
    3 – Penguins Titles
    2 – Pirates Titles
    5 – Spurs Basketball Titles

    For me nothing beats the first Penguins title (for Mario), the ’79 Pirates (for Willie), the ’05 Steelers (for Bettis), and the ’14 Spurs (for Duncan).

    How about 26 considering I am Celtic by birth and Steeler, Pirates and Penguins by marriage.. They all are special giving you an appreciation and perspective on what excellence is on and off the field.

  35. The Ravens barely backed in and couldn’t make the playoffs on their own merit. Anybody drawing the Steelers at that point would have seen the Steelers shuffling. Tom Brady and the Patriots don’t settle for 3’s, Baltimore. They score touchdowns. The Steelers will build on their redzone offense and everybody is worried they have to deal with the Steelers this soon from what they expected. A loss in the Wild Card round isn’t demoralizing. It’s a step for Pittsburgh to get back to dominance.

    The Ravens have a HISTORY of falling flat on their face after beating the Steelers. Patriots by 13.

  36. The steelers with their rapist QB and Wife beating OLB (James Harrison) are out! Get over it steelers and quit throwing that “the pats will beat you noise!”

    We own them like they own you!

  37. The steelers with their rapist QB and Wife beating OLB (James Harrison) are out! Get over it steelers and quit throwing that “the pats will beat you noise!”

    We own them like they own you!

    Ben maybe an ACCUSED rapist and Harrison had some domestic issues, but there is no statue outside Heinz field to a convicted obstructor of justice there Jagoff. I couldn’t care less about you and the Pats because I loathe you both so one has to lose so I’ll be happy either way.

  38. Must be rebuilding or do you call it something else in the land of Chowder heads?

    Since the last SBowl win the Pats have never won less than 10 games, have been to 5 AFCC games and 2 SBowls. What a drought. Clown.

  39. The only teams winning the superbowl this year are seattle or gb. Everyone else is irrelevant. The ravens will be done this weekend and the pats and denver will choke as usual. With a stronger Defense the steelers will be back. Count on it.

  40. Since the last SBowl win the Pats have never won less than 10 games, have been to 5 AFCC games and 2 SBowls. What a drought. Clown.

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    It’s been nine years since you won a Lombardi …..so you are in a rebuilding mode if that’s you goal tool. If getting there and not winning is your cup of chowda great Ted…..spin it any way you want Teddy your are rebuilding till you win it….don’t fight it it will give you gas.

  41. When you’re in contention year after year, you’re not rebuilding. If you get to the SBowl, AFCChampionship game etc, it’s still a good year, even if you lose. Season is over for the steelers droolboy. Do us all a favor and go hibernate somewhere.

  42. TedMurph, Patriots been to 2 and lost since the last SB win. Steelers have been there 3 times with 2 wins in that time.

    I don’t care how many conference games my team makes or SBs they lose, unless my team wins it all its a lost season with maybe a few morale victories.

  43. Disagree. The ride is half the fun. Only 1 team can win it all. If my team plays well into January, I’m still gonna enjoy the ride. Winning a crap division and getting blown out at home is a failure. Much like the Pats in 2010.

  44. The steelers with their rapist QB and Wife beating OLB (James Harrison) are out! Get over it steelers and quit throwing that “the pats will beat you noise!”

    We own them like they own you!

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    1-3 against us in the playoff there, Ratboy. Steelers were undefeated against division foes in the playoffs. We owned the North. You’re still our little brothers. Always will be. 1 playoff win won’t change that. You will always exist to beat the Steelers first. It’s just the way it is. Baltimore, you’re not that great. Watching your secondary trying to cover Gronk is going to be hilarious.

    Show me one game after the Ravens beat the Steelers to where they won. Letdown coming up. Patriots by 13.

  45. “Show me one game after the Ravens beat the Steelers to where they won. Letdown coming up. Patriots by 13.”

    Uhm…
    The Ravens won two games in a row after beating the Steelers THIS season in 2014!
    AND the Ravens won two games in a row after beating the Steelers in 2013.
    AND the Ravens won against the Chargers after beating the Steelers in 2012.

    But nice try.

  46. Haahhahahahhahahha
    STEELER HATERS WILL ALWAYS BE JEALOUS UNTIL ANY TEAM GETS 6 SUPERBOWL WINS ,CHUT YOUR PIE HOLE ,LMAO ON ALL U HATERS U WISH YOUR TEAM WAS AS GREAT AS WE R WE RULE U TROLLER ASS

  47. Re-sign all them guys with the money you save by letting Harrison rightfully retire yet again. The NFL needs to fix its roster system that allows the Raven Rays to stay out of jail, as well as people like either of them & James come back on the field for anything more than a jersey-retirement & career-celebration.

  48. “Winning a crap division and getting blown out at home is a failure. Much like the Pats in 2010.”
    ————————–
    Much like the Pats in 2014.

  49. 1. Signing a legit rare franchise QB is any team’s priority, pay the man.

    2. When you hide and stop posting like citizen stranger and boobzilla did when Ben was winning all those player-of-the-week awards, you don’t get to come back and start spewing the hate again.

  50. Haven’t been on this site in a while. Same old blah, blah, blah … by the same old imbeciles. Carry on.

  51. Roethlisberger in 8 career home playoff games: 10 TD passes, 12 picks.
    Roethlisberger in 15 career playoff games: 21 TD passes, 19 picks.
    Roethlisberger in the Steelers’ last playoff win (2010 AFC title game): 10/19, 133 yards, 0 TD passes, 2 interceptions.
    And this is the QB everyone is in hurry to see bankrupt the organization?
    No thanks.

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