Roethlisberger: I can play ‘five, six, seven more years’

The Steelers remain in contract extensions negotiations with Ben Roethlisberger, which would allow him to retire with the only NFL team he’s known.

When — not if — the new deal gets done, Big Ben plans to honor it.

“I feel like I’m in great shape,” Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan, via ESPN.com. “I think I can get five, six, seven more years out of this arm and these legs.”

Now 32, Roethlisberger has spent much of his 11-year career absorbing hits and playing through a multitude of injuries. Durability remains his calling card, however, as he played every offensive snap in 2013, starting all 16 regular-season games for the first time since 2008.

Much of Ben’s preservation last season stemmed from extensive use of the no-huddle offense, an approach that helped him get rid of the ball quicker.

Roethlisberger wants coordinator Todd Haley to continue dialing it up.

“I think and I hope that we’ve all kind of come to the conclusion that maybe we need to do it more,” Roethlisberger said. “I think we might go into [practices] using it a lot more so that it is more of a regular thing.”

One of the toughest players, let alone quarterbacks, of the past decade, there’s little doubt Roethlisberger could play well into his late 30s. Tailoring the offense to ensure that happens should remain a priority for Pittsburgh.

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