Ben Roethlisberger’s agent says contract discussions are ongoing

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has two years remaining on the $102 million deal he signed in 2008.  The same number he had on his rookie contract when the Steelers made him the highest-paid player in franchise history.

But Roethlisberger and the Steelers haven’t agreed on a new contract this offseason.

“There’s been ongoing (contract) discussions for quite awhile,” Ryan Tollner, Roethlisberger’s agent, told ESPN.com. “I think from the time we did the first extension there was sort of a plan moving forward. There’s a plan in place, but both sides are pretty committed to doing that privately and not having it be something that’s discussed in the media.”

Roethlisberger wants to finish his NFL career in Pittsburgh, and the Steelers want the 10-year pro to retire as a Steeler.

“It’s always been critical to him,” Tollner said. “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.”

Roethlisberger’s agent wouldn’t say when he thought a new deal would get done.

“I think there’s mutual respect on both parties,” Tollner said to ESPN.com.

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