Roethlisberger waits to hear on new deal

Roethlisberger waits to hear on new deal
May 28, 2014, 9:30 am
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(Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

Ben Roethlisberger’s contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers pays him about $12 million in each of the next two seasons, which are the last years on the deal. As the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes, that salary is less than 10 other quarterbacks in the NFL, yet only two other QBs — the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady and the New York Giants’ Eli Manning — have led their teams to multiple Super Bowl victories as Roethlisberger has.

So if the Steelers want to keep Roethlisberger from entering the free-agent market after the 2015 season, they will have to figure out a way while finessing the always problematic salary cap. Meanwhile, Roethlisberger said he’s not on the edge of his seat waiting to hear from his agent about how — or even if — salary talks are going.

“I have no clue,” Roethlisberger said, as reported by the Tribune-Review. “All I worry about is playing ball in Pittsburgh and giving it everything I have.

“If my agent says something relevant comes up … then let me know. If not, I don't care.”

The Steelers have a self-imposed deadline for negotiations, because the club doesn’t do contract talks once the season starts. The Steelers have said they want Big Ben, 32, to stay in Pittsburgh until he’s done being a quarterback, and he said the same.

“I'd like to be here for the rest of my career,” Roethlisberger said, “whenever that is.”

H/T Pro Football Talk