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Roethlisberger: “I’ll Do Whatever It Takes To Stay Here And To Be A Part Of This Team”


Another day and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues to be asked about his future with team even though he’s currently under contract through the 2015 season.

On Wednesday, Roethlisberger was indirectly asked about a Tuesday evening report by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that suggested the quarterback will need to make concessions this coming offseason to help out with the salary cap should he sign a contract extension.

“You know what? Obviously, I will do whatever I need to do,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s something that can be discussed when the time comes. It’s not really my thing. I play football. I have people to deal with all that stuff. I will do whatever it takes to stay here and be a part of this team and help this team win.”

This response from Roethlisberger will now trigger articles suggesting that the Steelers diabolical plan to get their quarterback to cave midseason has worked perfectly. You know, the conspiracy theory that team president Art Rooney II started all of this trade and contract talk in the middle of the season in order to get Roethlisberger to profess his love for the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh so that it results in a big hometown discount during the offseason.

“I love being in Pittsburgh,” Roethlisberger stated again on Wednesday.

There you go, conspiracy theorist, it worked.

Maybe the media will now let Roethlisberger focus on beating the Cleveland Browns this Sunday in order to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. Nah, who am I kidding.

ETA: I told you this would happen. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/20/roethlisberger-will-do-whatever-is-needed-to-help-team-from-a-cap-standpoint/

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  • Elijah Stevenson

    Well that settles that.

  • TheBurgh805

    Its done what el are people going to report hahah

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    This is actually VERY good news. It sounds like Ben is willing to sign a team friendly extension which should help us keep both Pouncey and Heyward moving forward.

    I remember when Jerome Bettis was negotiating his extension. His agent wouldn’t let him come to the bargaining table because he knew Jerome would take the first deal they offered. His loyalty and love for the Steelers organization meant more to him than the extra money and he wanted to win a Super Bowl more than he wanted a bigger house. And he got his wish.

    I would like to think that Ben is thinking along those same lines. I would also like to think that: Troy, Heath, Ike are thinking along those lines. But we’ll see…

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Apparently on nfl network Ian Rappaport was still talking about trading Ben even after hearing what he had to say, just unbelievable

  • Mike Carroll

    Dave, nice call. Florio is now reporting that the grand scheme has worked! LOL, what a joke! I don’t think much should be read into Ben’s comments today. Afterall, he still said he has people to help him with his contract negotiations.

  • LucasY59

    yeah the problem is not Ben, it’s his agent (guy who gets more $ for negotiating as big a contract as possible)

  • LucasY59

    It would be smart for Ben to sign a cap friendly extension, it would prolong his career (with the amount of sacks he has taken this year(and his whole career) any $ given to get him some protection is better than $ in his pocket) the Team could give Pouncey

  • 2443scott

    so many teams needing a qb ….but you dont see one team stick there head into the news medias room around league and waving saying we will take him we will take him ….ben can say hes staying till the day he retires ….and the next day after that he does you will see or hear a beeeep big ben was traded going across the bottom screen on nfl network ….then you will see the nfl network reporters going back and forth trying to get other reports of where ben is and if he left the building …then 2 hours of banering back and forth which team would be best fit for him …all the while bens at home playing with his kids when he gets a call asking for a comment on his pending trade lol… enjoy ya retirement ben ;-)

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Rothlessberger is not Joe Flaco. If management is using this to put pressure on him I hope they change their mind. He is the real deal- how much is a franchise QB worth in this league? If his cap number is a problem they have no one to blame but themselves. Who will be our future QB? The fourth round pick that has been inactive every week this year?
    I think not.

  • http://justjabari.wordpress.com/ Jabari Styles

    Nothing to see here. Pittsburgh changes their team colors to fuchsia and periwinkle before Ben leaves this town

  • Josh Knepshield

    Did you expect him to put his foot in his mouth and admit he is stupid? Lol

  • steeltown

    much ado about nothing

    It may sound crazy, but I believe Ben would do whatever it takes to stay and help this Team, obviously he wants a new deal and more millions but he is already stinkin rich and I believe he’s dead set on returning to a perennial playoff contender. Im not saying he’ll take a modest deal, he’s still wants his $$$ but I think he’d take a Team friendly extension in hopes to help keep the Team afloat

  • Riverstko

    He Should

  • srdan

    Can’t blame him for wanting top 10 money. And he is worth it. This nonsense about him getting older…yadayada….is getting tiring. He is in his prime, and still not peaked. Remember last years first 5-7 games?
    THe other nonsense is that he is getting older and won’t be able to play the type of football that he does. What? He doesn’t run away from anyone. His “sixth sense” will never go away. His instinct is what makes him good, not his first step or speed.

    He is a physical specimen which can take the hits. It’s not ideal, but he can endure them.

    Most franchise qbs stop playing due to head injuries….young and werner….or leaving cities that made them who they are…favre. BB loves the burg.

    I am excited to watch him for another 5-7 years.

  • Eric Crook

    Hey if the offense keeps improving and the D steps it up, there is still a shot…..division games against Cincy and Balt are huge and 2 against the Browns…Dolphins game in Pitt I belive will be huge…then the Packers with possibly a banged up Rodgers…I’ll take those chances in our division!

  • Ahmad

    Actually I hope they keep running with this story because it seems to me that Ben is using it as motivation. Anyone noticed that has play has gone up in the last 2 weeks?

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