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Ben Roethlisberger contract: Negotiations will begin 'early in the off-season' but deal is expected to reach $20 million per season

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The Steelers are reportedly prepared to make Roethlisberger one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the game.

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora is reporting on Sunday the Steelers are prepared to make quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a sizable offer this coming off-season, and the value of such a deal could approach the $20 million per season mark.

Writes La Canfora:

...the Steelers are intent on securing him for the duration of his career and intend to begin contract talks with him early in the off-season, very likely by the combine, sources said. They are prepared to make the two-time Super Bowl winner among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the game and fully realize that he will command $20-million a season.

La Canfora also points out his sources confirm that Roethlisberger never requested a trade prior to this year and didn't intend to do so this off-season, despite an NFL Network report last year. He also refutes another report that Ben's hand was broken.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger slaughtered the Colts.

Roethlisberger is having, in many ways, his finest season with the Steelers. He has thrown for six touchdowns twice this year and he became the only player in league history surpass the 500 passing-yards barrier in two games in a career. The Steelers' offense is averaging 26.7 points per game and Roethlisberger has 3,705 passing yards - giving him the chance to top the 4,000 yard mark for the second consecutive season and the fourth time in his career. His franchise record for passing yards is 4,328, a mark he set in 2009.

The Steelers take on the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.