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Roethlisberger: 'I will do whatever it takes to stay here'

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks on during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 17, 2013 at Heinz Field.

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By Alan Robinson
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 5:33 p.m.
 

Ben Roethlisberger, subjected to ongoing rumors he might ask to be traded, strongly hinted Wednesday he will do whatever is necessary to remain with the Steelers.

Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, is under contract for the 2014 and '15 seasons, but the Steelers are expected to ask him during the offseason to negotiate a new deal or an extension to give them more salary cap room.

“Obviously I will do whatever I need to do,” Roethlisberger said. “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's contract counts $13,595,000 against the Steelers' $123 million salary cap, but that number is scheduled to jump to $17.895 million next year. His current deal would count $17.395 million against the 2015 cap.

“I love being in Pittsburgh. I am extremely happy,” said Roethlisberger, who said he isn't concerned the Steelers are 12-14 the past two seasons after going 24-8 during the 2010 and '11 seasons.

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