Offensively, the Steelers need to find a No. 2 receiver with Emmanuel Sanders all but out the door as a free agent. Then there’s Roethlisberger’s contract status. Pittsburgh typically reworks the contracts of its quarterback when there are two years remaining on the current deal.
Roethlisberger’s base salary for 2014 is $12.1 million, a pittance by NFL standards for a multiple Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Despite reports at midseason he was unhappy, Roethlisberger ended up putting together one of the finest seasons of his 10-year career. He played all 16 games for just the second time and reached a detente of sorts with Haley.
“I feel like we are a team on the rise,” Roethlisberger said.
Even if the ascent isn’t as rapid as the Steelers are used to.