Ben Roethlisberger says he’s taking a hometown discount by playing out his contract

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t sound very happy that he doesn’t have a new contract by now and that Pittsburgh has told him they’ll address his situation after the upcoming season.

“Usually the Steelers do a quarterback deal with two years to go, which would be this year. … It’s kind of a unique thing,” Roethlisberger said Saturday in a one-on-one interview with the Tribune-Review.

Big Ben says he’s essentially taking a hometown discount by playing out his contract by playing out his contract.

“Playing this year at my current salary, it’s kind of taking a hometown discount,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ve played seven years on my current contract, which is the most of any (NFL) player or any quarterback. … It is kind of taking a discount compared to maybe where it could be compared to other quarterbacks.”