Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II knows there are issues his team needs to address coming off a second straight 8-8 season.
He's not convinced the contract status of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is one of them.
Rooney said Wednesday the Steelers may hold off on reworking Roethlisberger's contract this spring, a break from the team's standard operating procedure. Roethlisberger has two years remaining on his current deal, a time when Pittsburgh typically reaches out to work on a new agreement.
It might not happen this year, though Rooney insists any decision to hold off will have nothing to do with Pittsburgh's intention to lock up the two-time Super Bowl winner for the remainder of his career.
''We look at Ben as somebody who is going to be here for the long-term, hopefully five or more years,'' Rooney said. ''We've got to have Ben retire as a Steeler, no doubt about that.''
The 31-year-old Roethlisberger is coming off one of his best statistical seasons. He set fra...