General manager Kevin Colbert said Tuesday the team has already begun negotiations on a new deal for the two-time Super Bowl champion. Roethlisberger is about to enter the final season of an eight-year deal he signed in 2008.
Colbert believes Roethlisberger, who tied with Drew Brees for the most yards passing in the league last season, can still improve as young talents like Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown continue to grow into the offense. Roethlisberger turns 33 next month. Colbert pointed to the play of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as proof elite quarterbacks can play at a high level deep into their 30s.