Roethlisberger, 32, has two years left on his current contract which was signed in 2008. Still his $18.9 million salary cap number make him an appetizing option for an extension given the Steelers current issues.
While some tried to play up issues between the Steelers and Roethlisberger a year ago, those stories are long gone. General manager Kevin Colbert recently spoke that there was full support within the organization for the teams quarterback of the last ten years.
Any new deal between the Steelers and Roethlisberger should allow him to retire with the team. ESPN’s Scott Brown reports that there “doesn’t appear to be any sense of urgency on the Steelers’ part to get something done. It’s going to happen and maybe the two sides are working behind the scenes to get the deal done.”
Last season Roethlisberger played all 16 games for just the second time in his career. He finished completing 64.2-percent of his passes for 4,261 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.