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07:25 AM ET 11.15 | Talk of Ben Roethlisberger leaving Pittsburgh is, of course, premature at this stage, but the horizon presents a looming issue. A contract the 31-year-old Roethlisberger would expect to be north of $20 million per season, putting him in line with fellow quarterbacks Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco. ... Finally, Roethlisberger has as many Super Bowl appearances (three) as Brees, Rodgers, Ryan and Flacco combined. Roethlisberger has also won two Super Bowls. None of the other four has more than one. As one source put it, "The comps are there." Thus, if talks don't go well between the team and Roethlisberger, the situation could get ugly. The source suggested Roethlisberger could even holdout, but that might be difficult if the 3-6 Steelers continue to struggle this season.

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November 15, 2013  07:33 AM ET

Would Ben hold out if he really is all in for improving the Steelers ?

They've stuck with him through tough times, would he return the favor yo ?

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November 15, 2013  07:50 AM ET
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for cheerleaders?

Good thinking. Cheerleaders don't put a hit on your cap space.

November 15, 2013  08:01 AM ET

I guess he could hold out his **** for some underage girls ...

November 15, 2013  08:32 AM ET

This story is /rap. He's under contract for two more years. And he knows full well how the Steelers handle holdouts. See # Harris #Merriwether #Wallace.

November 15, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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This story is /rap. He's under contract for two more years. And he knows full well how the Steelers handle holdouts. See # Harris #Merriwether #Wallace.

Yep. Add in you cannot easily hold out anymore under the new CBA. Fine #30,000 a day. Pre season game you lose a regular season game check. You lose a year of eligibility at a certain point ( 30 days prior to the regular season may be that date.)

victor Cruz and some other noted players were NOT under contract when they held out. The never signed their Tender offers or franchise tag contracts.

November 15, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Roethlisberger counts around $12 million next year against their cap and $11.6 in 2015. That is cap friendly for a QB. They will not even discuss an extension with him. They are smarter than that. I suspect they are just hoping to get two more years from him at all. He is aging fast.

November 15, 2013  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Roethlisberger counts around $12 million next year against their cap and $11.6 in 2015. That is cap friendly for a QB. They will not even discuss an extension with him. They are smarter than that. I suspect they are just hoping to get two more years from him at all. He is aging fast.

Rumor has it that the Steelers were scouting Taj Boyd last night.

November 15, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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Roethlisberger counts around $12 million next year against their cap and $11.6 in 2015. That is cap friendly for a QB. They will not even discuss an extension with him. They are smarter than that. I suspect they are just hoping to get two more years from him at all. He is aging fast.

...and then wind up in a Jets uniform?

November 15, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He is aging fast.

Behind that O-Line... most QB's would.

November 15, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Roethlisberger counts around $12 million next year against their cap and $11.6 in 2015. That is cap friendly for a QB. They will not even discuss an extension with him. They are smarter than that. I suspect they are just hoping to get two more years from him at all. He is aging fast.

That makes sense. I don't know why the sports writers keep drumming up controversy on this. If Ben holds out at all it will be in 2015 and unless he is putting up Peyton Manning numbers the Steelers won't budge.

November 15, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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Behind that O-Line... most QB's would.

As a Steeler fan, I don't understand how year in and year out we have such a horrible O line. They have drafted some good talent over the last couple years, I know injuries, but still. Maybe we need a new line coach or something, because there is no excuse for all the sacks.

November 15, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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As a Steeler fan, I don't understand how year in and year out we have such a horrible O line. They have drafted some good talent over the last couple years, I know injuries, but still. Maybe we need a new line coach or something, because there is no excuse for all the sacks.

I was jealous as hell when your heroes grabbed DeCastro. Dude looked to be a 10-year stud.

November 15, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Good thinking. Cheerleaders don't put a hit on your cap space.

Unless its your mushroom cap..

November 15, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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As a Steeler fan, I don't understand how year in and year out we have such a horrible O line. They have drafted some good talent over the last couple years, I know injuries, but still. Maybe we need a new line coach or something, because there is no excuse for all the sacks.

Injuries for one thing. DeCastro was primarily a run blocker. And Adams simply hasn't developed. But yeah, given wha the Steelers drafted, I also thought they were set for years.

November 15, 2013  09:58 AM ET

Ben isn't going anywhere. Non-story. Next.

November 15, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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Ben isn't going anywhere. Non-story. Next.

+1,.. there you have it.

November 15, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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Ben isn't going anywhere. Non-story. Next.

Unless he's going to jail?

November 15, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Roflesburgercopter is elite. He won 2 Super Bowls. Don't mention he had a QBR under 25 in his first Super Bowl and under 50 in his second Super Bowl. Ouch! (BUT HE MADE LIKE TWO GREAT PASSES IN HIS SECOND SUPER BOWL, BLAH BLAH BLAH). There's a lot a great defense can do for a team. When your team is no longer one of three teams in the NFL running a 3-4, it now has to compete with half the NFL to get prime draft stock. Your defense is no longer elite. The deficency at QB suddenly becomes glaring.

 
November 15, 2013  11:05 AM ET

He's always played ugly and Won, he's had his share of difficult seasons, but it's not his fault! He will still play Ugly but if they get him some blocking, who knows he just may play UGLYER!!! Go BEN!

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