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Once thought to be on the brink of retirement, Ben Roethlisberger now appears in it for the long haul. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers recently finalized a two-year contract extension with Roethlisberger, but general manager Kevin Colbert suggested the quarterback could play beyond his new deal. 

“I know he doesn’t have an expiration date,” Colbert told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. “We just felt that that was a foreseeable future that we were able to do, and he was agreeable to. But I’m sure that he doesn’t have an expiration date. I know that he’s still very competitive. He still wants to do this at a high level. 

“He doesn’t need money, he doesn’t need Hall of Fame credentials in my opinion,” he continued. “He’s already achieved both of those. What he wants is more Super Bowls. And he wants to continue to try to win, and we’re gonna support that. And that was a big part of why we were willing to do what we did, and now it’s our job to help him help us get there.”

Pittsburgh has anointed Roethlisberger the team’s leader despite criticism from former teammates Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and others.

The 37-year-old led the league in passing yards with 5,129 in the 2018 season, eclipsing the 5,000-yard mark for the first time in his 15-year career. The six-time Pro Bowler added a career-high 34 touchdown passes while throwing 16 interceptions.

Despite the Denver Broncos selecting quarterback Drew Lock in the 2019 NFL Draft, Joe Flacco‘s job appears to be safe.

Broncos general manager John Elway believes Lock has areas of his game to improve upon and plans to bring the second-round pick along slowly.

“Drew will come in and compete for the backup job,” Elway said, according to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold.

“Drew obviously has a lot of talent, he’s got a lot of arm talent, but he’s got to work on a lot of different things too,” he continued. “I think when you look at what he did in college offensively, he’s in the spread offense and wasn’t under the center very often. With what we’re going to do offensively, he’s going to have a lot of work to do. I think technique is always a big thing. We talk about accuracy and accuracy a lot of times comes down to technique and throwing on rhythm. We believe he has a ton of talent, but we also believe he has a lot left to work on.”

Denver traded for Flacco in March with the intention of the longtime Raven starting in 2019. After the deal was made official, Elway said he believed the veteran passer is entering his prime.

The former Super Bowl MVP was benched for rookie first-rounder Lamar Jackson last season after the Ravens went 4-5 through nine games. He has three years remaining on his current contract. 

Many expected Lock to be a first-round selection last Thursday, but he fell to the Broncos at No. 42 overall.

Eli Manning might not have to worry about his job security for the foreseeable future after all.

After the completion of the 2019 draft’s first round, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman called the sixth overall pick, Daniel Jones, a “franchise quarterback” but suggested the former Duke standout might not see an NFL field for a long time.

“We may be the Green Bay model where (Aaron) Rodgers sat for three years,” Gettleman said, according to Kimberly Jones of NFL Network.

While the Packers successfully developed Rodgers behind Brett Favre, it’s become increasingly rare for first-round quarterbacks to ride the bench. Patrick Mahomes is the most recent exception, sitting one year behind Alex Smith before bursting onto the scene last season.

With quarterbacks on rookie deals widely considered the most valuable resource in the league, it’s difficult for teams to justify wasting a young passer’s cheap years.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said he spoke to Manning about the Jones pick, and told him “it’s your job to keep this guy off the field.”

Although the two-time Super Bowl winner has only one year remaining on his current deal, Gettleman has been a staunch defender of his veteran quarterback and believes Manning has years left in the tank despite a poor 2018 season.

Gettleman hasn’t been shy about making unpopular moves since arriving in New York and had a message for Giants fans who were upset by the Jones pick.

“In time you’ll be pleased,” Gettleman said, according to the NY Post’s Paul Schwartz.

The Los Angeles Rams have exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Jared Goff‘s rookie contract, the team announced on Tuesday.

Los Angeles now has two years to sign Goff to a long-term extension, though he’s unlikely to receive a new deal before the 2019 campaign.

The 24-year-old rebounded spectacularly from an abysmal rookie season, throwing for 8,492 yards and 60 touchdowns over the last two years under the guidance of head coach Sean McVay.

However, Goff wasn’t at his best during the Rams’ run to Super Bowl LIII. He threw one touchdown pass, two interceptions, and completed 55.7 percent of his throws over three playoff games, causing some to question if he’s a product of McVay’s system rather than a top-flight pivot.

He became the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft after the Rams traded up to select him.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have finalized a two-year contract extension with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the team announced on Wednesday.

The deal will be added to the one year remaining on his current contract and is worth $63 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

After flirting with retirement in recent years, Big Ben is now signed on to lead the Steelers until 2021, when he’ll turn 39 years old.

Pittsburgh has anointed Roethlisberger the team leader, even in the face of criticism from former teammates Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and others.

He led the league in passing yards with 5,129 in the 2018 season, eclipsing the 5,000-yard mark for the first time in his 15-year career. The six-time Pro Bowler added a career-high 34 touchdown passes while throwing 16 interceptions.

The top of the quarterback market has skyrocketed in recent years, and it could be pushed to new heights thanks to a host of young signal-callers who will soon need new contracts.

Near the top of that group is Jared Goff, who has one year remaining on his rookie deal. The Los Angeles Rams are all but certain to exercise a $20-million-plus option in the former No. 1 pick’s contract, giving the team a two-year window in which to decide when to extend him.

“Not on my mind at all,” Goff said, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “I know the deal and understand that I hired an agent for that reason, and things always work out. You continue to play well, it will work itself out.”

In addition to Goff, fellow up-and-coming pivots Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, and Patrick Mahomes will likely all receive big-money extensions over the next few years.

Prescott, as a former fourth-rounder, is only contracted through the 2019 season and therefore will presumably get paid first, which the Dallas Cowboys appear happy to do. Wentz will also likely have his fifth-year option exercised, while the Kansas City Chiefsreportedly will attempt to lock up the reigning NFL MVP to a record deal potentially worth $200 million in 2020.

Goff, meanwhile, is reportedly unlikely to receive a new contract before the 2019 campaign.

The 24-year-old rebounded spectacularly from an abysmal rookie season, throwing for 8,492 yards and 60 touchdowns over the last two seasons under the guidance of head coach Sean McVay.

However, Goff wasn’t at his best during the Rams’ run to Super Bowl LIII. He threw just one touchdown, two interceptions, and completed 55.7 percent of his passes in three games, causing some to question if he’s a product of McVay’s system rather than a top-flight quarterback.

Russell Wilson signed a new four-year extension with the Seattle Seahawks this week, but he plans to remain with the team much longer than that.

“I want to be a Seahawk for life,” the quarterback said at a press conference Wednesday.

“The guys that I’ve always admired in sports, the guys that played at those locations for 15-20 years. Guys like Derek Jeter. I want to be like that. I want to be remembered in that sense.”

Wilson instituted an April 15 deadline to get a new deal done so he could focus solely on football. He said his agent informed him at 11:15 p.m. on Monday that it was safe to go to sleep, only to receive a phone call at 11:52 p.m. confirming the deal was done.

The Seahawks had no problem honoring their franchise quarterback’s request for a no-trade clause.

“We want him to be here for life,” general manager John Schneider said.