Art Rooney II Expects Ben Roethlisberger To Be With Team Long After Contract Expires

Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II met with a few members of the local media on Wednesday and several of the talking points are now being posted on Twitter. During his interview, Rooney addressed the future of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rooney stated that Roethlisberger will be with the team long after his contract expires in 2015 and that is pretty much what everyone outside of Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network expected.

Roethlisberger’s current contract runs through the 2015 season and while the speculation is that an extension would be worked out during the offseason due to past history, Rooney reportedly said they might decide to wait until next offseason.

Roethlisberger is scheduled to count $18.895 million against the salary cap in 2014.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Get his cap number down n save the big money years for after he retires n wont count against the cap.

  • steeltown

    I think the biggest offseason question has to be the Woodley situation. I remember last offseason Coach Butler being emphatic about the LBs (specifically Woodley and Sylvestor) staying healthy, in other words staying on the field and contributing. Well, that didn’t happen, again, and his contract is looming large
    Regardless though, if they don’t extend BB now then we’ll certainly see some guys released, like Larry Foote and others like Ike Taylor and Polamalu will almost certainly have to play at a reduced rate

  • Ken

    No No, Rooney is not up to date on this. Ian Rapport says differently.. Mr. Rooney please check with Ian before making such statements.

  • srdan

    I wish AR2 would have commented on wood.

    I agree with you that these conversations were had last year among butler, woodley and other coaches.

    Woodley was moved to the ROLB to allow Worldis to play where he was productive.

    For these two reasons I don’t see Wood coming back.

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  • Aric Brown

    I don’t think Troy is willing to play at a reduced rate…. He said he’d like to “honor” his contract… I’m thinking he’s expecting the Steelers to honor their end of it too

  • treeher

    Agreed, but the Polamalu situation will also be tough. It would not be pleasant to ask an All Pro to take a pay cut (regardless of his age). I don’t remember other All Pros being asked to take a cut except maybe Faneca and you saw how long he stuck around. I’m no expert, but I’d hope there’s a way to pay Troy while pushing out impact to the cap.

  • steeltown

    I don’t blame him, he deserves it

  • steeltown

    I personally don’t think Polamalu should have to take a paycut, but not giving Ben an extension this offseason will make it harder to get cap compliant

  • HopalongCassidy

    Well, in that case, James Harrison also deserved it along with many others in the past. That argument doesn’t work. Troy got his guaranteed money. The rest depends upon what the team feels best suits their financial situation going forward. There are only so many dollars to spread around and you have to allocate them in a manner that best helps the team. I don’t see paying him 8 million dollars next year is worth it when there are other holes that need filled and money is needed to fill those holes with some decent players. I think you lose more than you gain as a team by paying him that much.

  • steeltown

    Troy just played the entire season, basically every snap.. Harrison missed games in each of his last two years in Pittsburgh, that helps with leverage in the discussion room

    There are other ways to get cap compliant other than making Troy take a paycut, my point above was that not extending Ben this offseason makes it harder.

    Although your argument holds true when discussing Woodley

  • cencalsteeler

    Though I feel Troy played admirable this season, he must also acknowledge he did not see the field much the last few seasons. When looking at his contract, I think we need to look at his whole body of work, not just his play in 2013.

  • steeltown

    Obviously he missed significant time in 2012 but he played every game in 2011 just like he did 2013, so the time missed in 2012 is the only factor when discussing his current 4yr contract IMO

  • cencalsteeler

    Went back and looked at his career stats. Surprisingly, his stats are not declining much. Agree with you that the only negotiating power the FO has is that he did miss 9 of 16 games played last year. Hopefully, they find a common ground, but I do feel a slight reduced salary would be acceptable due to the amount of time missed last year.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Not only would extending Ben now help the cap number, but the longer they wait, the more QB deals get done in the meantime…which increases the league average price on QB salary.

    I do get that the Steelers may be thinking they have more pressing deals/decisions to iron out this offseason…fair enough. Maybe their thought is that dealing with Ben’s contract before next season would be a best case scenario, but seeing how much time will likely be spent at the negotiation table on that deal alone, they may be too busy with all the tough matters to put forth the time required. Plus, they know Ben is already safely under contract for next year, just in case they don’t get around to it.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Not extending him is the right approach if they want to begin correcting their salary cap problems. I’m glad he is saying this. Extending him 2 years before the end of his contract was the correct decision when he was in his 20’s. For his 3rd contract, the correct move is to do it next year or to wait until his contract ends.

  • David Edward

    I think they are in a situation where they can get under the cap and create enough space to sign some guys (like Worilds) without doing the Ben deal now. So, they don’t necessarily need to be hasty on this decision. As mentioned by Jefferson below, it’s not like Ben is about to get his first mega-contract and they need to lock him up before he hits FA. I would think Heyward is in that category of someone they want to extend this year. That being said, a Ben extension would most likely mean a lower ’14 cap number for him, which would give them more space to go after an FA or two. Not sure if that’s in their plans though.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Just getting barely ‘cap compliant’ is a pretty low goal. How about getting enough money to pick up a quality FA or two to help make the team a contender again. Troy is only one out of 22 starters on a back-to-back 8-8 team. Is his presence next year going to guarantee 3 or 4 more wins and a division title ? I think not. There are other pieces needed. He would be nice to have but not at that price.

  • James Kling

    Why shouldn’t we do the deal now???

    Seriously, Ben’s 31, even with all the hits he’s taken he’s strong and has plenty of mileage left. It’s not like he’s going off the cliff when he’s 33, ya know? Sure, he’s a maddening blend of brilliance and… sometimes idiocy… but he’s still and will be for the rest of his career one of the handful of elite franchise QBs. Period. End of discussion. Sure, let’s get a young guy or two trained to take the reins if needed, or to trade a la Schaub. But for the foreseeable future, this is Ben’s offense. Let’s restructure, sanely, and remember that 7 is the man. For better or worse.

  • SteelersDepot

    To those concerned, I believe this extension will still get done at some point during the offseason. Probably in March if I had to guess. Rooney did not want to put a guarantee out there because you never know how negotiations will go. At the same time, he wanted to let everyone know that Ben is going nowhere. I will be surprised if this doesn’t get done this offseason.

  • GMcDowell

    Who wouldn’t want a double-rapist like Rapelesberger to finish his career on a mediocre team?

  • Steve

    Ben will be 32 this year and is under contract the next 2 years. Do you think he can play in his 35th year and still be productive?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agreed he sounded pretty emphatic that he would honor his contract to me that sounds like he’s not willing to take a pay cut. i’d like for Troy to come back but not for his 2014 salary

  • Douglas Andrews

    Dave sorry if i missed the post but can you tell me hypothetically how much cap savings would the Steelers obtain by giving Ben a new contract?

  • SteelersDepot

    It all depends, but I see roughly $4 million being saved this year if things go like I think they will.

  • steeltown

    cap compliant would include not only getting the cap under the League mandate in time but also signing FAs, our own or other

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    @SteelersDepot:disqus I respect your position that you think they will do the extension. I’m curious about whether you think they should do the extension.

  • Dan

    I felt the same way earlier, but realistically we know he will be extended since QBs of his caliber (and I won’t argue that he is the better than the true elites, but he is better than Cutler, Flacco, Romo and some other overpaid guys) are quite rare and Art indicated that he will retire a Steeler. So now the question is, is it better to do it this year, next year or at the end of the deal in 2015? No matter when we do it, we’ll have to give him a big signing bonus, big guaranteed money and big salaries in the final years. And lets assume we think he can play another 6 years (at a high level and not always injured? maybe). Probably it is better to go ahead and do it now in the form of a six year deal/four year extension with salary cap relief this year, assuming Ben and his agents are reasonable.

  • Mike Carroll

    I was glad to hear that Rooney actually went so far as to say they may not sign him until after 2015. As you’ve pointed out before, they still have the franchise tag at their disposal at that point. Just hope Rooney is doing more than blowing smoke here.