Healthy Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Updates No-Huddle Status, Contract Talks
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is back on the field working with his teammates during the first phase of the offseason program and while he admitted Tuesday during an interview with 93.7 The Fan that he’s probably not in the greatest shape that he’s ever been in his life, he still thinks he has a lot of football left in him.
“I feel really good,” said Roethlisberger. “I feel at this rate I could play for quite a few more years. I think I can get, five, six or seven more years out of this arm and these legs. But ultimately its up to the Steelers and the good Lord.”
Roethlisberger said he is looking forward to the 2014 season, but admitted that he’d like to be able to run more of the no-huddle offense this year as well.
“In the past, we have always had the no-huddle, but it’s been kind of a back burner offense – lets go to it if we’re in trouble – if we need a change of pace, if we kind of need to get a spark,” Roethlisberger said. “I think and I hope we have all come to the conclusion that maybe it needs to be more involved – we need to do it more. So I think parts of it might be more of a base offense.”
Roethlisberger still has two years left on his current contract and while there’s been speculation as to whether or not he will get a new deal prior to the 2014 season begins, he’s not entirely sure how things will work out over the rest of the summer.
“I think there’s always a chance, but I don’t know how realistic it is because they have so many other needs,” said Roethlisberger. “I don’t know if there’s any real serious talks. If there is, I haven’t been informed of it. I think it’s probably just been some small talk, like, let’s talk later. It’s hard for me to really speculate what they’re doing behind closed doors, because nothing significant enough has been done to be brought to my attention.”
Despite the current uncertainly with his contract, however, Roethlisberger once again reiterated that he is happy where he currently is.
“I don’t want to go anywhere, obviously, said Roethlisberger. “I love it here in Pittsburgh. This is home for me. I want to finish my career here. So however that gets done is all that matters to me, because I bleed black and gold.”