Steelers open contract talks with Ben Roethlisberger

The Pittsburgh Steelers have started preliminary contract talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the Steelers are upbeat about Roethlisberger.

Roethisberger is entering the final year of an eight-year, $102 million deal.

"I really think Ben is going to be a better quarterback down the road than he is at this point," Colbert told Pittsburgh reporters. "Ben is a franchise quarterback that's getting better with age."

Roethlisberger passed for 4,952 yards last season, a career-high.

"When you have two parties that want to achieve the same goal, it is about working out the details," Colbert said. "It could happen quickly. It could take awhile."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.