Roethlisberger, 32, signed an eight-year, $102 million contract in 2008. Cole reports the Steelers have told Roethlisberger their reasoning and he understands.
Roethlisberger passed for 4,261 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season as the Steelers finished 8-8. He has led the Steelers to three Super Bowl appearances during his first 10 seasons, including victories in Super Bowls XL and XLIII.
Pittsburgh opens the regular season Sept. 7 against the Cleveland Browns.
- Paul Palladino