Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger still discussing 'significant' contract extension

Steelers start contract talks with QB Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh is in no rush to re-sign Ben Roethlisberger.

While speaking at the NFL owners meetings, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed discussions with the veteran quarterback are “still ongoing” but acknowledged the prospective deal is a notable one.

“It’s probably his last contract as an NFL player, so it’s significant. It’s significant for us,” Colbert said. “We’re in a different dynamic from a financial standpoint as far as the cap because we don’t have a couple of players with us before. So we have to make sure it all makes sense. It has to make sense for both sides, and we’re comfortable at some point we hope it does.”

Roethlisberger, who turned 37 earlier this month, had 5,129 yards passing, 34 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last season while completing 67 percent of his passes. However, he set a career high in attempts and those 16 picks tied for the second-worst mark of his career.

The drama involving departed wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell can’t be overlooked, either, though Colbert expressed confidence in Roethlisberger’s ability to guide his teammates despite his leadership style being questioned.

“I think Ben is very comfortable in who he is, what he’s doing and what he can still do,” Colbert said. “Each and every year, he’s out trying to prove who he is. He’ll have no agenda other than trying to win a Super Bowl. You can’t dictate what someone will say when they are with you and when they leave. But we feel very comfortable in knowing that Ben Roethlisberger is our quarterback and is our leader.

“Ben is an unquestionable top quarterback in this league. He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. He’s won Super Bowls. I know he’s comfortable with that, he’s comfortable with that. And we’re always going to support him in that role.”