If you were trying to predict the future for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 2013, you likely ended up awfully confused. There was a report that Roethlisberger's next contract could exceed $20 million per season -- we assume with the Steelers -- and there was another report claiming Roethlisberger would ask for a trade this offseason (for the record, Roethlisberger said he would retire before he'd accept a trade). On Wednesday, Steelers owner Art Rooney II made it clear with three reporters, via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, that he wants to keep Roethlisberger beyond the end of his contract in 2015, but he also said the team isn't currently thinking about a contract extension. The paper pointed out that the team usually extends its quarterbacks with two years left on their contract -- which would be about now -- but Rooney said that tradition was “not set in stone . . . it's not something that's automatic.'' Either way, Roethlisberger will be an expensive asset for Pittsburgh for at least the next two seasons. He's scheduled to make $12.1 million in 2014 and $11.6 million in 2015 (with salary cap hits of about $18.9 million and $18.4 million, respectively).
Rooney: We want Roethlisberger through 2015 and beyond
CBS Sports | Jan 9