Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers Still Talking Extension

Ben Roethlisberger is going to sign a new contract with the Steelers, but it doesn’t sound like anything is imminent. Pittsburgh’s GM Kevin Colbert told reporters today talks were “still ongoing”, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network (Twitter link).

Interestingly, Colbert also acknowledged the fact that Roethlisberger’s career is entering it’s final stage. “This is probably his last contract as an NFL player, so it’s significant,” Colbert said. Roethlisberger is 37 now, and whatever deal he does end up signing will end up taking him into his early 40’s. Roethlisberger has flirted with retirement a few times in the past, but appears set to sign a huge new extension that will keep him around at least a few more years.

With Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown no longer on the books, the Steelers suddenly have a lot more money they can use to lock up Roethlisberger. Big Ben started all 16 games last year, the first time he had done that since the 2014 season. The Steelers had a down season as a team and didn’t make the playoffs last year, but Roethlisberger led the league in passing yards. He also led the league with 16 interceptions.

Roethlisberger has faced a lot of criticism recently for his alleged calling-out of teammates, but Colbert doesn’t think it will effect things. “I don’t think that will bother him. I think Ben is very comfortable in who he is, what he has done and what he can still do. I don’t think it will affect him,” Colbert said, according to a tweet from Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.

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30 comments on “Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers Still Talking Extension

  1. TheTruth12

    And what has he done to warrant an extension besides threaten retirement year after year and drive away their top WR and be a crappy person?

    And it’s not alleged that he called out teammates he literally went on a radio show and called out AB nothing alleged about it. But I expect this kind of thing coming from this Andrew clown

    • troll_smasher

      Kept Threatened retirement to get another payday, but his PR commenters that come here will never speak the word GREED when it comes to his tactics to keep getting paid. Fact is… he hasn’t won anything w/o a dominating defense to support him. Fact is, he should try to make as much as he can, just like every athlete should. Everyone else greedy, His STANS don’t see him as greedy though.

      • madmanTX

        People who use the word “STANS” should spend eternity watching Big Ben’s post game news conferences.

    • Rocket32

      It’s easy to say don’t extend him, but what do they do next? Who replaces him? Ben is the only thing keeping them relevant at this point. If you have to pick between a great WR and great QB you take the QB almost every single time.

      • cka2nd

        Mason Rudolph had a promising college career. They might need to enter rebuilding mode soon, anyway.

    • 2012orioles

      I don’t know the stats, but look since 2004 and I guarantee the steeers are top 5 in wins. If not top 3. It’s a qb driven league. Ben wins. I’m not letting brown be my view of how Ben is. You have pouncey saying he’s retiring when Ben does. And you act like calling out a receiver is this unforgivable act. He said he called him out because he felt it was the best way to get him motivated. Was it? Clearly not, but let’s not act like brown is Larry Fitzgerald in terms of class. You and troll smasher are on almost every Ben post bashing him…

      • troll_smasher

        So, a players that’s universally known as probably the hardest worker in the NFL needs to be motivated?? This coming from the guy that routinely Gains 20-30 pounds during the season. Like I said, you Ben STANS will come in full force to defend this dude.

        • 2012orioles

          So since you clearly know it all, for the Steelers to be the best they can be for this year and the future, they should cut Ben? Is that what you want Steelers fans to say?

          • troll_smasher

            I’ve NEVER once said cut Ben. It’s funny how when I pointed out 2 well known industry facts, you quickly switch it to something I’ve never said. Again… how does one of the hardest workers, BEST route runners in the NFL need to be motivated?

            • 2012orioles

              I said it wasn’t the way to go about it in my previous post. I don’t think I need to acknowledge it twice. And Ben was down weight last year. And what’s your point with the Ben bashing then?

              • troll_smasher

                Not bashing Ben, just pointing out the hypocrisy from the fans when it comes to him. Bell wanted money = Greedy. Brown wanted money = Greedy. Ben contemplates retirement two years in a row, but gets an extension = He deserves it.

                • jimmyz

                  It’s not a matter of greed, its a matter of need. Teams that spend top dollar on wideouts and running backs generally dont win super bowls. Teams with shitty qb’s definitely dont win super bowls.

    • forwhomjoshbelltolls

      Make up your mind…

      A week ago you were all for players doing whatever awful selfish acts they could think of to get what they want.

      Now you suddenly demand maturity and a team first mentality?

      By your scoreboard, you declared Mr. Big Chest a winner. He got paid and got away from people he didn’t want to play with, right?

      By that same scoreboard, Ben is an even bigger winner. He’s getting paid far more and the people he didn’t want to play with have been removed.

      Have you changed scoreboards in the past week?

  2. 2012orioles

    I’ll defend Ben til the day I die. Any Steelers fan wanting him gone will see how great he was when he’s gone. There’s a reason he’s been in the league as long as he has, and the Steelers are almost always in the playoffs. I have full faith this team can still win

      • 2012orioles

        You don’t even know what happened. I’m not defending his actions if there were any, but I know he’s come a long way to where he was. Again, ill defend him til I die. Pick and choose to only see his negatives if you want. But I’m looking at how far he’s come and I stand up for him because I know he knows he’s made mistakes. He’s acknowledged them and has turned to faith in God. I see a huge change in him today from his younger years.

        • troll_smasher

          Well… what I do know is that he settled TWO lawsuits regarding sexual assault accusations, got suspended SIX games, but reduced to FOUR. I do know that he had a terrible reputation around the Pittsburgh area bars & restaurants as an entitled jerk, expecting comps b/c of who he was. Yea… all those things you say about him changing could be true, but please tell me what part of what I just posted isn’t true.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    How much of a signing bonus do you get for agreeing to be the “fall guy” after the best offensive weapons have been discarded?

  4. gozurman1

    Was Ben right in calling out Brown on his radio show? No. Was that the reason why Brown and Bell left? Absolutely not. For Brown it is about Money first and ego a close second. The biggest issues after Money was the fact that the,team had the absolute gall to actually vote JuJu the team MVP and not him. The nerve of his teammates. For Bell it was all about the money. Too bad for him that he miscalculated what he thought he was worth on the open market

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