Steelers Biggest Questions Heading Into The Offseason

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Big Ben Extension

Nov 9, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to pass against the New York Jets during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

When it boils right down to it, there’s not much that needs to be said on the matter.

Sign. Ben. Roethlisberger. Now.

It’s maddening to fans and any sensible person as to why the front office is taking its sweet ol’ time in signing the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.  It’s perceived as a bunch of head games and blown smoke.

Many feel that Rooney II is just trying to find some slip ups in his game to make as an excuse so that he doesn’t have to pay Roethlisberger the big paycheck he deserves.  Were this league not completely developing into a pass first and high scoring league, then I would say that Rooney has a leg to stand on.

But he doesn’t.  The Steelers need Ben.  There really is no professional reason as to why you don’t sign him.  Drag this out too long and it begins to look like it’s something personal between #7 and the owner.

I’m sure Rooney wanted to pound his head right through a Heinz Field wall after Jerry Jones signed Tony Romo to a ridiculous contract.  But ‘dems the breaks – precedent has been set.

Ben should be the priority this offseason.  But, his signing could go as late as July.

Huge questions swirl as to the when and how much he will get.  Hometown discount?  Not if he’s smart – he’s already done enough for this team, this city, and has put up with enough of the yinzer bashing through the years.  He should get paid what he’s worth – and it’s a lot.

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