Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II told the team’s official website that he and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have discussed a contract extension.
“I met with Ben shortly before we did the Maurkice Pouncey signing (in the middle of June) just to make sure Ben understood where we were with our intentions as far as a contract extension for him,” said Rooney to Steelers.com. “I just didn’t want him to feel like we were moving ahead with other players without any communication.
“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. I think Ben understands that’s our intention and the way we’d like to proceed. I think we had a good conversation.”
Roethlisberger’s current contract that he signed in 2008 runs through the 2015 season.
“Ben wants to be part of a winning team, to be in a position to compete for championships, and he understands that in order to do that we need to try to keep as many of the other players around as we can,” Rooney said. “So, addressing the players who are going into the final years of their contracts in 2014 makes sense. That’s what he and I talked about.
“We also talked to Ryan, just so that there was communication with him as well, so that they understood the direction in which we wanted to proceed. We wanted to make sure they were understanding that we do want to make a commitment, that we do want to address Ben’s contract next year. It’s not a situation where we’re saying we want to put it on hold. We did assure him that next year is the time frame in which we want to address it.”
“We believe the cap will go up again next year,” Rooney added, “and so from a cap planning standpoint, next year will be a better situation for us to address a franchise quarterback type of contract.”