The Steelers report to training camp today and very few talks of contracts has occurred in the meantime. There shouldn’t be concern, not over Roethlisberger’s contract at least.
Rest easy Steelers’ Nation, Roethlisberger’s contract is a priority. In the site’s article, it states that when President Art Rooney II was going through center Maurkice Pouncey‘s contract that they were in contact with both Roethlisberger and his agent about their plans for his future.
It goes without question, the Steelers need to make sure Roethlisberger never puts on another jersey. All indications point to just that. Big Ben brought new life to this team, he captured them two Super Bowls and three AFC Championship. He’s the definition of a franchise quarterback and has to be included in talks of “elite” (whatever your definition of that may be).
“We believe the cap will go up again next year,” Rooney said in the article. “And so from a cap planning standpoint, next year will be a better situation for us to address a franchise quarterback type of contract.”
With that said, there isn’t a guarantee that the cap will rise, but Rooney’s hunch is probably better off than mine or yours. If this is the case, then it makes perfect sense to wait on Roethlisberger’s contract.
On the surface Roethlisberger will never show his concern — if he has any –over his contract situation. He’ll put the focus on this season and when the time comes he’ll make his statements about whatever might be done on paper.
Like season’s past, Roethlisberger will be a key factor to this team’s success in 2014. Consecutive 8-8 seasons along with zero trips to the playoffs is hardly where this team wants to be. But, they know where they want Roethlisberger to be. That’s in a Steelers’ uniform, helping them steer the ship right.
I’m confident he’ll stay put, Rooney seems confident, and Steelers fans should feel the same as well. Let’s save the Big-Ben-contract-talk until this season’s in the books.