Rooney said that he wants to extend Roethlisberger's contract and it will happen in the future.
Roethlisberger, 31, has two years left on an eight-year, $102 million deal he signed in 2008 and is scheduled to make $12.1 million next season and $11.6 million in 2015.
"We've got to have Ben retire as a Steeler," Rooney said, via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "There's no doubt about that."
Rooney said that while the team has extended quarterbacks while they have a few years left on their contract, it is “not set in stone . . . it’s not something that’s automatic.’’
BURKE: 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 Roethlisberger threw for 4,261 yards with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season.