After a dreadful 2-6 start to the season, I’ll admit that I was rather critical of the Pittsbrugh Steelers‘ quarterback. However, Ben Roethlisberger turned his season around and wound up finishing the 2013 campaign with 28 touchdowns and 4,261 yards passing. Needless to say, “Big Ben” served up a rather large helping of humble pie and it didn’t the flavor wasn’t exactly cherry.
To be fair, I wasn’t the only one calling No. 7 out. In fact, the Steelers’ organization itself was rumored to shopping Roethlisberger. Thanks to an incredible second half, Pittsburgh now has no choice but to give its franchise quarterback what he deserves — a contract extension. The Steelers are very much so a “no nonsense” organization, so it was no surprise to see the team’s president Art Rooney II saying that “We’ve got to have Ben retire as a Steeler.” It’s rare to see a president take such a hard stance like that, but Roethlisberger has done so much for this organization that there’s really no reason for Rooney to be tight-lipped.
At age 31 you can figure that Roethlisberger has at least six more years left in the NFL, which means a four-year contract extension for Big Ben would likely accomplish Rooney II’s goal. I fully expect the Steelers to have their quarterback extended before the year 2015 hits. Thankfully, these contract negotiations don’t need to be hurried as the quarterback is currently under contract for another two full seasons.