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Ben Roethlisberger could make concessions on current contract

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

It sounds like Ben Roethlisberger might be willing to give Pittsburgh a discount. (USATSI)
It sounds like Ben Roethlisberger might be willing to give Pittsburgh a discount. (USATSI)

It seems as if just about everybody is perplexed by the rumors that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wants to be traded from the only team he's ever known after this season.

Roethlisberger has said he'd retire before accepting a trade, and he's said that whoever is spreading those rumors must have an agenda.

It seems like every day, in fact, that we're hearing from Roethlisberger that, once again, those rumors are falser than false.

On Wednesday, Roethlisberger took it a step further, saying he would make concessions to his contract in order to stay with the Steelers.

“You know what? Obviously, I will do whatever I need to do,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. “That's something that can be discussed when the time comes. It's not really my thing. I play football. I have people to deal with all that stuff. I will do whatever it takes to stay here and be a part of this team and help this team win.”

Roethlisberger has two more years on his contract, and he's scheduled to make a base salary of $12.1 million in 2014 and $11.6 million in 2015. But his salary cap numbers are $17.9 million and $17.4 million, so it'd make sense for Pittsburgh to renegotiate with him this offseason and try to smooth out those figures.

There has been the thought that Roethlisberger would want to make $20 million per season in his next contract, but it sounds like he'd take less in order to stay in the place he enjoys the mosst.

“I love being in Pittsburgh," he said. "I am extremely happy."

That's something he's taken great pains in the past few weeks to display to the public.

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