There are 74 days left until the Pittsburgh Steelers open the 2014 season at home against the Cleveland Browns and 74 days left to get a contract extension worked out with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. During his charity golf tournament on Monday, Roethlisberger was asked to update his contract situation once again during an interview on 93.7 The Fan.
“Honestly, I don’t know, I haven’t heard anything,” said Roethlisberger. “My agent is here, maybe I could talk to him, but I haven’t heard anything. Like I said, I’m excited about Maurkice, I know that Mr. Rooney had said something about there were some other guys that they want to take care of, so it may not be this year. I don’t know, but I know I would sure like to get something done, so that I can be set and be done here.”
As far as Pouncey already getting his contract extended this offseason, Roethlisberger is very happy that got done.
“That keeps my center here for hopefully the rest of while I’m here,” said Roethlisberger. “I was just excited. I told him I cant wait to see my Christmas present this year.”
The Steelers are roughly $6.5 million under the salary cap right now and as Roethlisberger alluded to in his response, the team is more than likely going to want to extend a few other players prior to the start of the season. Now that Pouncey has been taken care of, cornerback Cortez Allen and tackle Marcus Gilbert could see their contracts extended during training camp. In doing so, both would more than likely eat up some of that salary cap space depending on the structure of the extension given.