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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.

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Ben Roethlisberger completed 19-of-31 passes for 179 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Pittsburgh's 20-7, Week 17 win over the Browns.

To earn a playoff berth, the Steelers now need the Chase Daniel-led Chiefs to defeat the Chargers. In other words, Big Ben and company are likely headed home. Roethlisberger had a very mixed day against the Browns - both of his picks were terrible throws, while he missed Antonio Brown on at least three passes - but finishes 2013 with the second most yards of his career (4,261). Roethlisberger appeared in all 16 games for the first time since 2008, while his 28 scores go down as his most since 2007. Going on 32, Ben is not on the upswing in Dynasty leagues, but his arrow isn't pointed as steeply downward as it was heading into 2013.

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Ben Roethlisberger completed 16-of-28 passes for 167 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in Pittsburgh's Week 16 win over Green Bay.

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Ben Roethlisberger completed 20-of-25 passes for 191 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in Sunday night's Week 15 win over the Bengals.

Roethlisberger was highly efficient and completed his first 13 passes before throwing an incompletion. He did most of his damage in the short passing game, with his touchdown coming on a broken play to Antonio Brown over the middle of the field against max coverage. His interception was a jump ball downfield to Emmanuel Sanders on the Steelers' first drive of the third quarter and just his first in four games. Roethlisberger will be a high-end QB2 with upside against the Packers in Week 16.

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Ben Roethlisberger completed 23-of-39 passes for 349 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Roethlisberger was spectacular again, fitting passes into ridiculously tight windows for huge chunk plays all day long. It was more impressive considering the snowy and slippery conditions. Over the last four weeks, Big Ben is averaging 297.5 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. The red-hot passer will be a borderline QB1 against the Bengals in Week 15.

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Ben Roethlisberger completed 28-of-44 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday night's Week 13 loss to the Ravens.

Roethlisberger received solid protection all night long -- he wasn't sacked at all -- and had all day to throw. He didn't really turn it on until the second half, though. Big Ben was averaging about 4.5 YPA for much of the game before the fourth quarter. His eight-yard touchdown strike to Emmanuel Sanders in the third quarter was a thing of beauty. Big Ben avoided some pressure, climbed the pocket, and then found Sanders streaking wide open across the middle of the end zone. Roethlisberger's second score went to Jerricho Cotchery from one yard away with under two minutes to play. Big Ben has found a bit of a groove in recent weeks and will be a middle-of-the-pack QB2 option next week against Miami.

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Ben Roethlisberger completed 22-of-34 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 12 win over the Browns.