Ryan Shazier will be part of Steelers in 2018 in 'one way or the different'

Ryan Shazier (Getty Pictures)

Ryan Shazier will have some type of position with the Steelers in 2018.

“I anticipate Ryan goes to be right here one way or the different and have a task with the group one way or the different in 2018, for positive,” Steelers proprietor Artwork Rooney II stated of the injured linebacker Wednesday, by way of the Pittsburgh Submit-Gazette.

Shazier, who continues to be recovering from a again damage in early December, would be getting into the fifth yr on his preliminary contract. After incomes $9.fifty six million over his first NFL seasons, Shazier will rely $eight.7 million towards the Steelers’ wage cap after the staff exercised the fifth-yr choice on his rookie contract final yr. 

Chatting with a small group of reporters, Rooney additionally stated he expects quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to play no less than two extra seasons. The 36-yr-previous quarterback, who’s coming off his 14th NFL season, has been the topic of retirement rumors since joking in October that perhaps he “does not have it anymore” following a 5-interception recreation towards the Jaguars. Roethlisberger’s present contract runs by way of the 2019 season. Rooney stated Wednesday he’d like “to work out how” to increase Roethlisberger’s contract.

“We’ll handle that at the proper time,” Rooney stated of Roethlisberger’s contract. “However backside line is we’re excited that’s the way he feels and sit up for proceed to work with him and hopefully get a pair extra rings for him.

“Once you’re coping with someone at this stage of his profession, I’m unsure we’ve ever handled a quarterback that we’re extending at this age,” Rooney added. “So there’s no precedent the place we’re.

“Look, we now have an incredible relationship with Ben. We’ll speak via issues. The essential factor is he needs to be right here and he needs to proceed past the contract. That’s nice.”