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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger makes an interesting statement about his future

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, Maurkice Pouncey

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a season filled with turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the future of the franchise. Stars Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown have likely played their last game for the team, and now the attention has turned to veteran quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers are reportedly working on restructuring his deal and extend his contract with the team. However, he wants to make sure that his longtime teammate and perennial Pro Bowl center, Maurkice Pouncey, is taken care of first, via Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“They can come to me tomorrow and say we want to get your deal done. I’ll say, ‘Get Pouncey done first.’ That’s only because I want to make sure he’ll be here.”

Pouncey has obviously had a profound impact on Roethlisberger as the star quarterback attributes his success to having a player like him snapping him the football since 2010. The two-time Super Bowl champion even says he voted for Pouncey as the team’s MVP which ultimately went to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, via Cook.

“No offense to anyone else, but I don’t want to play with another center,” Roethlisberger said. “I voted for him for MVP. I couldn’t do anything without him.”

Not only does Roethlisberger think highly of Pouncey, but he made the bold statement of saying that he’d be in Pittsburgh as long as the star center is snapping the ball.

“As long as he’s around, I’ll be around,” Roethlisberger said.

The future of Brown in Pittsburgh seems to be the hot topic of discussion right now and will be until he’s traded or things are smoothed over. However, Roethlisberger’s situation will be closely monitored with so much uncertainty surrounding the team after a forgettable 2018 campaign for the storied franchise.