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Steelers Owner Art Rooney Says Ben Roethlisberger Wants To Play Beyond Current Deal

Steelers president Art Rooney told reporters on Wednesday that QB Ben Roethlisberger wants to play beyond his current contract that has another two years left, per Ed Bouchette.

“That’s good news to me,” Rooney said, per Mark Kaboly.

Rooney added that they will try to figure out a possible extension at some point.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette previously reported that Roethlisberger has told teammates he wants to play at least another three years, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise, even though it was just a year ago that Roethlisberger was weighing retirement.

Roethlisberger confirmed a month ago that he was returning for the 2018 season.

“I plan on coming back next year,” Roethlisberger said, per Ron Cook.

“I definitely have a desire to play football. I love this game, I love these guys,” Roethlisberger said, per Aditi Kinkhabwala. “I don’t know who’s coming back, but I know the guys up front are and that makes it good for me. So I look forward to next year with these guys.

Roethlisberger, 35, is in the second year of his five-year, $99 million contract that includes $64 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $17.75 million for the 2016 season.

In 2017, Roethlisberger appeared in 15 games for the Steelers and threw for 4,251 yards while completing 64.2 percent of his passes to go along with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 3 quarterback out of 39 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding Roethlisberger as the news is available.