Art Rooney wants Ben Roethlisberger to retire as Steeler

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Ben Roethlisberger has led the Pittsburgh Steelers to two Super Bowl wins as their quarterback. Steelers team president Art Rooney II wants to get a contract extension with Roethlisberger to make sure he retires as a Steeler.

“We’ve got to have Ben retire as a Steeler,” Rooney said Wednesday, via ESPN. “There’s no doubt about that.”

“When both sides are able to come together on an extension. I don’t know when that will be, but there’s no doubt we look at Ben as somebody who’s going to be here for the long term and hopefully five or more years.”

During the season there was a lot of talk about Roethlisberger being traded. Roethlisberger denied those reports when they came out and said he wanted to finish his career with Pittsburgh.

“First and foremost, I don’t want to go anywhere,” Roethlisberger said.  “I want to be in Pittsburgh.  I hope that’s very clear to everybody that I want to stay, my family wants to stay.  We do not want to ask for a trade, we don’t want to go anywhere.  I want to finish my career here.  I’ve always said that, and I still feel firmly that way.

A deal should be easy since both sides have expressed an interest in remaining together.