Ben Roethlisberger weighs in on potential new contract
Lost amid the need to address the Pittsburgh Steelers’ ongoing Antonio Brown drama, Ben Roethlisberger on Tuesday also discussed the possibility of signing a new contract during the upcoming offseason.
“I’ll let the process kind of unfold itself,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday on 93.7 The Fan, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “If the Steelers want to talk, my agents and them, that’s what they’re paid to do. But like I said, if they want to have me, I’d love to be here.”
Roethlisberger, 37 in March, had already pledged to return for his 16th NFL season, making that assurance following the Steelers’ 16-13 win over the Bengals while also noting how it’s his desire to have longtime center Maurkice Pouncey back as well.
“I have another year on my contract,” Roethlisberger said Sunday, “and if No. 53 is coming back, I’m coming back.”
Roethlisberger is heading into the final season of a five-year deal signed in 2015 that earns him upwards of $20 million per season.
The fact that Roethlisberger is openly discussing signing a new deal stands in stark contrast to how it’s become an annual tradition for him to contemplate retirement during the offseason.
That said, things have changed, as an evidently rejuvenated Roethlisberger said last May he hopes to continue “playing for three to five more years.”
Perhaps Roethlisberger’s relative health is inspiring his desire to continue his career into 2019 and beyond.
“I feel like I’m in as good as shape as I’ve been in in a long time and I enjoy playing this game,” Roethlisberger said. “The trainer has really made me, I think, better; put me in the best shape of my life. Probably one of the best seasons of my life and the linemen keep me healthy.”
The Steelers embark upon an offseason that follows a frustrating campaign that ended with the team failing to reach the postseason for the first time since 2013. The season was also plagued by never-ending drama, starting with Le’Veon Bell’s holdout and ending with the Brown drama.
Getting Roethlisberger signed to a new deal certainly would leave the team one less area of concern.