For those who are expecting a contract extension for Ben Roethlisberger in the coming days or weeks, it may be time to temper expectations.
ESPN's Scott Brown reported Saturday night that "there doesn’t appear to be any sense of urgency" on the behalf of the Steelers to get an extension done with their Franchise quarterback.
Roethlisberger has two years remaining on the 8 year $100 million dollar contract he signed in 2008, and his cap hit for the 2014 season is projected to be $18.9 million.
An extension could help reduce that cap hit, and in turn free up some much needed cap space for the Steelers to manoeuvre in Free Agency and add depth or perhaps starter quality players across the roster. As of today the Steelers have somewhere in the vicinity of $3.5 million in cap space available
An extension would also essentially lock up Roethlisberger, 32 years old, untill retirement. Although there may be no urgency to get a contract extension done immediately, it will happen sooner or later.
Big Ben is one of the very best quarterbacks in the league, and took large strides in offesnive coordinator Todd Hayley's system last season. The Steelers need him if they are to bounce back from two 8-8 seasons in a row.
Both the Steelers General Manager and President have publicly said they want Ben to retire a Steeler, so at some point a contract extension should be reached, just maybe not this year.