On Wednesday, Ben Roethlisberger indicated that he might be willing to take a hometown discount in order to stay with the Steelers.
“Obviously, I would do whatever I needed to do,” Roethlisberger said via CBS Pittsburgh, “but that’s something that can be discussed when the time comes. And that’s not really my thing. I play football. I have people that deal with that stuff, so I’ll do whatever it takes to stay here and to be a part of this team and to help this team out.”
Big Ben once again made it clear he loves playing for the Steelers.
“I love being in Pittsburgh. I’m extremely happy. These [reports] are obviously new. Every week it’s something fun. JCo [Jerricho Cotchery] asked me today what’s the new rumor this week, so we’re always excited to see what Ian’s gonna make up this week.”
No matter what kind of reports come out, both the Steelers and Roethlisberger know it’s in the best interest of both sides for him to stick around until his career is over.
Big Ben has two years left on his current deal. But with his cap number going up to $18 million next season, the Steelers would be wise to get an extension done this offseason.