Steelers start contract talks with QB Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers start contract talks with QB Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger is expected to finish his career in Pittsburgh.

During a Wednesday conference call with Steelers Nation Unite members, Steelers president Art Rooney II confirmed the team has started contract extension talks with the veteran quarterback and his agent.

“We’ve already started talking to him and his representative about extending that contract,” Rooney said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I think Ben has some good years left. I’d still say he’s close to being in the prime of his career.

“Now that we’re seeing quarterbacks around the league that are playing into their 40s, I’m not sure there’s any reason that Ben can’t play for several more years. We’re looking forward to that.”

Roethlisberger, who turns 37 in March, has one year remaining on his current deal. It had been reported earlier this month that the two sides are expected to restructure and extend his contract before the new league year begins March 13.

The report added that Roethlisberger’s new deal could create enough salary cap space to allow Pittsburgh to trade disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown should the Steelers decide to make a move. If the team trades Brown this offseason, they would be left with $21.1 million in dead cap space.

Roethlisberger, who has spent his entire 15-year career in Pittsburgh, led the NFL with 5,129 passing yards in 2018. He also completed 67 percent of his throws for 34 touchdowns with a league-high 16 interceptions.