Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – The Pittsburgh Steelers will not sign quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a possible long-term deal until after the 2014 season.
According to Steelers.com, team president Art Rooney II met with the two-time Super Bowl winning QB and his agent, Ryan Tollner.
The meetings were about giving the 10-year-veteran a contract after the season.
Roethlisberger still has two years remaining in an eight-year, $102 million contract signed in 2008.
The Steelers have a number of players going in their final year with the team only having a little more than a $6.37 million salary cap.
That is why signing an extension with the franchise quarterback after the season makes sense for Rooney.
He stated that Roethlisberger wants to be a part of a championship squad and understood the situation of the team.
“He understands that in order to do that we need to try to keep as many of the other players around as we can,” Rooney added.
Roethlisberger will be earning $18.895 million this season according to ESPN.
Rooney wants Roethlisberger to play with the Steelers until the end of his career.
That is why he wanted to made sure that the QB’s side understood the plan for him and the team.
“We wanted to make sure they were understanding that we do want to make a commitment.”
Expecting a $10 million increase in the 2015 salary cap, it looks like an extension for Roethlisberger next season will be the best option for him.
Roethlisberger threw for 4,261 yards and 28 touchdowns last season.