Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: 'Playing it one year at a time'
Don't pencil Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in for three more seasons just yet.
A report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday said Roethlisberger has told his teammates he'd like to play at least three more seasons. When asked about that report during his weekly radio show Tuesday morning, the 35-year-old scaled back from such a timeline.
"I'm just playing it one year at a time. I'm excited to come back next year," said Roethlisberger. "I'm not going to look past one year. I'm going to look forward to next year and give it everything I have."
Key to Roethlisberger's decision-making process is continuity on the Steelers' staff. The signal-caller already cited the return of his entire starting offensive line as a reason he'll be back to play in 2018. Now, the offensive coordinator job is in focus, as Todd Haley's contract is up.
Head coach Mike Tomlin was vague when discussing the future of Haley and the rest of his staff when speaking with reporters Tuesday.
"Some conversations need to be had. Some contracts are up, some contracts aren't," Tomlin said. "I'm not ready to discuss that at this point. Part of that, gaining that understanding is having those conversations. You'll hear about it as they unfold, I'm sure, if there's anything to be heard. But I'm not there yet."
Haley has been Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator since joining the team in February 2012. Multiple reports indicate the his relationship with Roethlisberger has been fractured in recent years, but the quarterback wouldn't admit to that being the case when asked about it.
"You might butt heads at times; it doesn't mean that you have any personal problems," Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger's contract with Pittsburgh runs through the 2019 season, and he is slated to carry a cap hit of $23.2 million each of the next two seasons. Roethlisberger has played all 14 of his NFL seasons with the Steelers.