There was hope that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would get a contract extension prior to the 2014 NFL season. It only makes sense to take care of the best players first, and Roethlisberger is by far the best player on the team. For instance, the Green Bay Packers recently extended wide receiver Jordy Nelson. They know that he is an important piece to the puzzle, which is why they took care of him as soon as possible. Unfortunately, Steelers president Art Rooney II has taken a different approach.
“And so I talked to Ben, and then we talked with his agent Ryan Tollner about where we are and the fact we intend on addressing Ben’s contract situation after the season, so that we could address a number of players who were going into their last year in 2014,” Rooney said, according to CBS Sports. “I think Ben understands that’s our intention and the way we’d like to proceed. I think we had a good conversation.”
It certainly makes sense that the organization would like to get the players who surround Roethlisberger taken care of so that the signal caller has people to work with on offense. Not to mention, if Roethlisberger is fine with other players getting contract extensions before he gets his, then there really is no reason to make a big deal about it. At the same time though, Roethlisberger is the key ingredient. It is important to ensure his happiness.
To make it perfectly clear, the Steelers have every intention of signing Roethlisberger to a worthy contract extension prior to the 2015 NFL season. The issue they ran into is that there are simply too many players with deals expiring. If Roethlisberger wants to contend in 2014 and beyond, he will have to let Pittsburgh’s front office take care of business in order to put together a competitive roster.
When asked about what Rooney said, Roethlisberger stated that he just wants to concentrate on playing football. He understands that everything will work out in the end.