Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has already started working out for the 2012 regular season. Fresh off a season which he sustained numerous injuries and an overtime loss in the wildcard card round of the playoffs, Roethlisberger has decided that he won’t sit around this offseason, hitting the workout room with Steelers strength coach, Garrett Giemont.
Speaking to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Tuesday, Roethlisberger said he is taking nothing for granted in regards to how much playing time he has left in the NFL.
When I talked to Mike, I said I don’t know how much longer I have to play, no one does; it could be two years, three years, it could be eight years. Who knows?” Speaking about his injuries, Roethlisberger said that the only nagging injury that remains from the punishing 2011 season is his shoulder. “I’m just waiting on my shoulder, it’s the only thing left to get healed up. That’s the last thing.”
One serious issue facing the Steelers as they prepare for the 2012 season is addressing the salary cap issues. Ben Roethlisberger is reported to be agreeable to restructuring his contract before the start of the 2012 NFL year. Roethlisberger has four years remaining on the eight-year deal he signed in 2008. As his contract stands currently, Roethlisberger would earn $11.6 million each season until 2015 when his salary increases to $12.1 million.