Steelers will address Ben Roethlisberger’s contract after the season

Steelers President Art Rooney II told Steelers.com that they plan on addressing Ben Roethlisberger’s contract situation after the upcoming 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.”

Roethlisberger has two years left on his current deal.  He’s scheduled to make $12.1 million in 2014 and $11.6 million in 2015.  Giving him a new contract will feee up more cap space for Pittsburgh.