Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger cares more about winning Super Bowls than his contract
With two more years remaining on Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s contract with the team, there has been speculation on if the Steelers would be able to get an extension done with Big Ben before the start of the 2018 season.
However, according to an article written on Sunday by Steelers beat reporter Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Roethlisberger’s contract situation is something that is nowhere near the top of his priorities right now with the team.
“I care about record-breaking Super Bowl wins and things like that — that’s more important to me,” Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger, who spent Father’s Day working with kids at his annual football camp, reiterated that he was not worried about whether or not he’ll sign a new deal anytime soon.
“I have two years on my contract. I’m not going to be one to sit here and worry about my contract,” Roethlisberger added. “That is not my job. My job is to play football. I’ll let my representation, the Steelers worry about all that stuff. To me, it’s all about going out and playing now. I think there are a lot more, maybe a lot more important people who need to get their deals done now. For me to do it two years out, it if doesn’t make sense for the team, I’m not going to sit here and worry about it.”
Within the next month, the Steelers will more than likely want to get a deal done with star running back Le’Veon Bell, who was given the franchise tag by Pittsburgh back in February for the second year in a row.
Big Ben also said that he wants his offensive linemen to be taken care of first when it comes to contracts.
“I know in two years, [Maurkice] Pouncey, [Marcus] Gilbert, there are other very important guys up that I hope get taken care of,” Roethlisberger said. “Because if they aren’t here, I’m not here. That’s the way it is; they are that good.”
Roethlisberger said after the Steelers’ 2017 campaign ended that he wanted to play at least three more seasons in the NFL before he decides to hang up the cleats for good.