Steelers working on Ben Roethlisberger extension, report says

Steelers start contract talks with QB Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh is looking to keep Ben Roethlisberger for a little bit longer.

The Steelers working on an extension for the 15-year signal caller, according to ESPN, which cited an unidentified league source.

According to the report, the team wants to get a deal done before Thursday’s NFL Draft. Roethlisberger, 37, was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2004 and is entering the final season of a four-year, $87.6 million contract he inked in 2015.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers are getting close, as the two sides apparently have been working on the deal since the end of 2018-19.

Pittsburgh posted a 9-6-1 record in 2018, which was good for second in the AFC North. Roethlisberger led the league in passing, throwing for a career-high 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also led the league in passing attempts.

The two-time Super Bowl champion ranks sixth all time in passing yards and seventh in touchdowns, and it appears the Steelers want to reward him for those contributions.

Pittsburgh have a promising running back in James Conner returning next season, who rushed for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first year as a starter. But it also traded an elite wideout Antonio Brown and lost top-notch running back Le’Veon Bell to free agency.

The Steelers retained an up-and-coming target in JuJu Smith-Schuster, but may have to depend on the draft to fill in some gaps.

Pittsburgh has 10 picks in Thursday’s draft, but only one is in the first round.