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Roethlisberger completed 8-of-11 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 19-16 preseason win against Buffalo Saturday.
In limited action throufh two preseason games, Roethlisberger is 9-of-13 passing for 174 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. A revamped offensive lines and the implementation of a no-huddle offense could translate into big fantasy numbers for Big Ben.
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Roethlisberger played just one drive in Saturday's preseason opener against the Giants, completing one of his two passes for 46 yards.
Roethlisberger threw a quick screen to rookie running back Dri Archer, who wasted no time getting 46 yards up the field. The Steelers lost Emmanuel Sanders and Jericho Cotchery in the offseason, but they added a couple of receiving threats in Archer and fourth-round wide receiver Martavis Bryant. Arguably more important than the additions, the Steelers are expecting Markus Wheaton to step up after a quiet rookie season. Wheaton and Antonio Brown are listed as the starters on the initial depth chart, with Moore -- or perhaps Justin Brown -- expected to serve as the third receiver. The Steelers finally acquired a big red-zone threat in the 6-4 Bryant, but it's unclear what kind of role, if any, the rookie will have this season. While the Pittsburgh receiving corps looks rather shaky, the team should have better backs and linemen than they did the past few seasons. Still, as has been the case for years now, Roethlisberger doesn't have much to work with compared to other comparably talented quarterbacks.
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Speaking Monday, GM Kevin Colbert said he didn't "any circumstance" where Ben Roethlisberger did not finish his career with the Steelers.
Roethlisberger's contract has become a talking point even though he's signed through the 2015 season. With their cavalier quarterback now 32 years of age, the Steelers have no reason to rush an extension.
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Steelers president Art Rooney said the team will wait until next offseason to sign Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension.
Roethlisberger is signed for $23.7 over the next two years, and will make $12.1 million in 2014 base salary. The Steelers have just $6.37 million in cap space, so they plan on extending him after the season when they have more financial flexibility. "Ben wants to be part of a winning team, to be in a position to compete for championships, and he understands that in order to do that we need to try to keep as many of the other players around as we can," Rooney told Steelers.com. "That's what he and I talked about. We did assure him that next year is the time frame in which we want to address it."
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Ben Roethlisberger said the Steelers will use the no-huddle offense more in 2014.
OC Todd Haley was a bit leery to use the hurry-up offense the first half of last season but became more receptive to it down the stretch, and the offense took off. The Steelers went 6-3 over their final nine games and averaged ten points more per game than over the previous seven. "I don't want to call it our base offense," Roethlisberger said, "but I think you'll see more of it." It allows Big Ben to call the plays at the line and run more of them. Roethlisberger was playing some of the best football of his career in 2013 and has some sneaky 2014 upside.
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Speaking in a Tuesday radio interview, Ben Roethlisberger said he's planning to play 5-7 more seasons.
"I feel like I'm in great shape," Roethlisberger said. Now 32, Big Ben has taken an enormous beating during his 10-year career, but played every snap last season. We wouldn't count on that kind of durability going forward, but Roethlisberger's arm talent hasn't diminished in any fashion. He's signed through 2015 in Pittsburgh.
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There's "nothing imminent" on extension negotiations between the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger.
Although Roethlisberger carries an $18.9 million cap hit this season, the Steelers aren't in desperate straights. They've already done their free-agent shopping and will get another $8 million in relief once their "post June 1" cuts go through. Both sides say they remain committed to having Big Ben, 32, retire as a Steeler.
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ESPN.com's Scott Brown reports "there doesn't appear to be any sense of urgency" from the Steelers to get an extension done with Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger has two years remaining on the eight-year, $102 million deal he signed in 2008 and is set to count $18.9 million against the cap this season. It's surprising that the Steelers haven't already got an extension done consisting their cap issues, but a deal between the sides is expected to happen at some point. GM Kevin Colbert said it's "unanimous" within the organization that Roethlisberger's next contract will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh.
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GM Kevin Colbert said it's "unanimous" within the organization that the Steelers want Ben Roethlisberger to retire as a Steeler.
"There's nobody that I'd rather have or the franchise would rather have than Ben," Colbert said. "He's won for us, there's still a lot of tread of the tires." The comments are similar to the ones made by team president Art Rooney II last month. The 31-year-old Big Ben currently has two years remaining on the eight-year, $102 million deal he signed in 2008 -- meaning an extension could be hammered out this offseason. Over the final eight games of last season, Roethlisberger threw 16 touchdowns against five interceptions while leading the Steelers to a 6-2 record.
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Team president Art Rooney II said there's "no doubt" that "we've got to have Ben [Roethlisberger] retire as a Steeler."
Roethlisberger, who will turn 32 in March, has two years left on the eight-year, $102 million deal he signed in 2008. Rooney said an extension will happen at some point, adding that he hopes to have Big Ben for another five years. It's an understandable stance after the quarterback overcame the loss of Mike Wallace and C Maurkice Pouncey (knee) to set a franchise record for completions (375) while going over 4,000 yards for the third time in his career and playing in all 16 games for the second time.