Ben Roethlisberger doesn't want to think about the decision he might have to make a year from now. If the Steelers don't sign him to a new contract, might he play out the final season of his deal and become a free agent? “I have no clue,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday. “All I worry about is playing ball in Pittsburgh and giving it everything I have. “If my agent (Ryan Tollner) says something relevant comes up — (Tollner and the Steelers) are probably talking and doing small talk — then let me know. If not, I don't care.” Team president Art Rooney II said in January the Steelers are determined to have Roethlisberger play his entire career in Pittsburgh, and the quarterback said he intends to do exactly that, but no deal appears imminent. If a contract isn't finalized before the Sept. 7 opener against Cleveland, there would be no negotiations during the season, per team policy. Then the Steelers would be in the potentially precarious situation of having a franchise quarterback signed for only one more season. Even at age 34, as Roethlisberger would be entering free agency, he likely is to have multiple suitors offering major money for a two-time Super Bowl winner. Roethlisberger, Tom Brady and Eli Manning are the only current quarterbacks with more than one Super Bowl victory, yet 10 other QBs own bigger contracts than Roethlisberger. And 10 others have larger annual salaries. Consider this: Jay Cutler's $126.7 million contract with the Bears is worth nearly $40 million more than Roethlisberger's deal, which will pay him $12.1 million this season and $11.6 million in 2015.
Roethlisberger is eager to land new contract with Steelers
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | May 28