Speaking with the media Tuesday, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he is “confident” a long-term deal will get done.
Earlier in his press conference, Colbert indicated there wasn’t anything new regarding a new contract for Roethlisberger, but backtracked a couple minutes later by saying that the Steelers have actually begun preliminary negotiations for a multiyear deal.
Roethlisberger is wrapping up an eight-year, $102 million contract. Most likely, the Steelers will extend Roethlisberger before March 10 so they don’t carry his current $18.4 million cap hit into free agency.
The 32-year-old Roethlisberger is coming off his best statistical season of his career. The former Miami RedHawk and 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft established franchise single-season marks in passing yards and completions (408) and tied his Steelers record with 32 touchdown passes. He became the first player in Steelers history to win at least a share of the NFL passing title.
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