PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are abandoned to unpack a season of lost chances, but they’ll achieve this by using their franchise quarterback intact for the foreseeable future.

Ben Roethlisberger told me he has just one more year left on his contract and also plans to honor it so long as centre Maurkice Pouncey, his best friend on the team, is back also.

“I’m confident I will be 37 by the growing season . As I said, we keep that line that’ll give us a nice, fighting chance.”

Both sides could opt to renegotiate this offseason.

Roethlisberger’s 2018 campaign comprised a team departure name with 5,129 yards, his initial 5,000-yard effort, together with a franchise-record 3-4 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions.

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Ben Roethlisberger says he has”pride” in his teammates, notably his linemen, even though missing the playoffs Sunday.

The Steelers will not rebuild while Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown maintain producing. The duo combined to get a sixth consecutive 100-catch season combined with 15 touchdowns.

“I think we have a excellent set,” Roethlisberger said. “I believe the linemen, as long as they keep coming back, they’re the core. They’re the strength of this team. Should they keep coming back, then I will return and I feel well. We have guys that got better. We’ve got guys that only keep getting better. I really don’t think our window’s closed.”

The Steelers have serious work. Coach Mike Tomlin said he will not address if his team under-achieved –“We’d 17 weeks to say that a case… We stand by our work,” he explained — but players put that out for him.

Linebacker Bud Dupree was blunt about Pittsburgh’s issues.

“We’ve got to be brothers on the field and outside the field. That’s the main step we have to take,” Dupree said. “We have got to let eachother know we want one another, that we are spending so much time for one reason, that is to triumph, and there is nothing to work for — it is not humans, it’s maybe not accolades, it’s to win the Super Bowl. … We have got to quit losingdown, playing to teams’ degree, and begin giving our top attention.”

“I expect we profit out of this,” defensive end Cameron Heyward explained. “I hope this hurts a lot because it’s going to be a long offseason.”

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