Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney spoke about QB Ben Roethlisberger's contract situation saying "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." There were talks of extension when the Steelers signed center Maurkrice Pouncey back in June. Roethlisberger signed an eight-year, $102 million contract back in 2008, is scheduled to make $12 million this year and be a free agent after next season.
It's a nice confidence boost by Rooney to show signs of locking Big Ben into a long-term contract. The Steelers offense is starting to come into form with RB Le'Veon Bell, WRs Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton and a healthy Heath Miller returning. Roethlisberger can be viewed as a shaky QB1 option.