While no contract extension is imminent between the Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it doesn't seem to be of grave concern to either side as Big Ben wants to remain with the franchise for his entire career.
The 10-year veteran is under contract through 2015 --at a cap hit of $18.89 million in 2014 -- and is coming off a year in which he had his second-highest totals in passing yards (4,261) and touchdown passes (28).
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Neither he nor agent Ryan Tollner is clamoring for a speedy resolution, but both are confident it will get done.
As for Roethlisberger’s desire to play for just one team his entire career, Tollner said, “It’s always been critical to him. 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.”
The Steelers are rather notorious for spending their offseason restructuring deals in an effort to reduce their cap figure, so it's possible such an extension could be completed prior to the start of the 2015 season.
Either way, it appears both sides are content moving forward together whenever middle ground is found on a new deal.