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

| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 5:33 p.m.
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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.

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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