Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger hopes to sign extension 'sooner than later'
Roethlisberger, 32, has one season remaining on the eight-year, $102 million deal he signed in 2008. Roethlisberger and the Steelers restructured the deal in 2013 and agreed to wait until after the season to negotiate an extension.
He is coming off one of the best individual seasons of his career. He led the league with a career-high 4,952 passing yards while throwing 32 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.
“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.”
“When the time comes, I’m sure they’ll (his agents) 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.”
While Roethlisberger said he was healthy, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he could have surgery on his knee during the offseason, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Roethlisberger has spent his entire career in Pittsburgh after he was selected with the No. 11 pick in the 2004 draft. He led the Steelers to a pair of Super Bowl victories following the 2005 and 2008 seasons.
The Steelers won the AFC North with an 11-5 record. They lost to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
- Paul Palladino