Ben Roethlisberger has two years left on his contract and he’ll have to wait for a new deal. Steelers owner Art Rooney II tells Steelers.com the team has informed Roethlisberger they will address his contract after the 2014 season.
“I met with Ben shortly before we did the Maurkice Pouncey signing (in the middle of June) just to make sure Ben understood where we were with our intentions as far as a contract extension for him,” said Rooney. “I just didn’t want him to feel like we were moving ahead with other players without any communication.
“And so I talked to Ben, and then we talked with his agent Ryan Tollner about where we are and the fact we intend on addressing Ben’s contract situation after the season, so that we could address a number of players who were going into their last year in 2014. I think Ben understands that’s our intention and the way we’d like to proceed. I think we had a good conversation.”
The decision is not surprising as it has been considered unlikely the Steelers would extend Ben this summer. Roethlisberger is set to make $12.1 million in 2014 and $11.6 million in 2015.
He is scheduled to be a free agent after the 2015 season. He will be the sixth highest paid quarterback in the NFL this season with a base salary of $12.1 million.
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