Ben Roethlisberger has two years remaining on his contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers but just about everyone has been expecting a new deal to be announced.
Keep waiting as ESPN reports that while both sides want to work out a new deal, nothing figures to be announced soon.
“There’s been ongoing (contract) discussions for quite awhile,” Ryan Tollner, Roethlisberger’s agent, told ESPN.com. “I think from the time we did the first extension there was sort of a plan moving forward. There’s a plan in place, but both sides are pretty committed to doing that privately and not having it be something that’s discussed in the media.”
Roethlisberger had two years left on his rookie deal when he re-upped with the Steeleres for $108 million in 2008.
While fans may be nervous there is little to be concerned about as Roethlisberger has stated over and over that he wants to play his entire career with the Steelrs and the organization is not about to let a Super Bowl winning franchise quarterback walk out the door.
Tollner went on to talk about Roethlisbergers desire to play his entire career with the Steelers saying, “It’s always been critical to him. From Day 1 he’s always admired players that could play with one organization and retire with that organization. That’s an underlying goal that always drives him, that he would always be a Steeler.”
Roethlisberger is set to count $18.9 million against the cap in 2014.