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Around the AFC North: Steelers GM says Big Ben Has "No Expiration Date"


Steelers: GM Colbert says Roethlisberger could play beyond contract extension

Ben Roethlisberger plans to be part of the Ravens-Steelers rivalry at least a few more years. The Pittsburgh Steelers and their veteran quarterback agreed to a contract extension in April that keeps him signed through 2021. He will be 39 years old when his current deal expires, but general manager Kevin Colbert thinks Roethlisberger could play beyond that.

"I know he doesn't have an expiration date," Colbert told the ProFootballTalk PM podcast. "I know that he's still very competitive. He still wants to do this at a high level. He doesn't need money, he doesn't need Hall of Fame credentials in my opinion. He's already achieved both of those. What he wants is more Super Bowls."

Colbert thinks the Steelers will be highly-motivated next season after missing the playoffs in 2018.

"When you're not in the playoffs and you don't have a chance to win a Super Bowl, it's not a pleasant feeling," Colbert said. "We're living with it. Nobody's happy. Nobody's satisfied. It's an interior drive. We have enough veteran players who are very disappointed in how we finished last year."

Bengals: Wide receiver Tyler Boyd pumped about new offense

The Cincinnati Bengals will have a different offensive look next season. First-year head coach Zac Taylor is expected to bring some of the offensive concepts he learned working under Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay.

After getting a peek at the Bengals' new system, wide receiver Tyler Boyd is stoked.

"I'm real pumped, just seeing what the Rams have done," Boyd told "They had pretty much the No. 1 offense in the NFL. This is huge for us."

The Bengals certainly have offensive weapons to work with. Boyd is coming off his best season (76 catches, 1,028 yards, seven touchdowns). A. J. Green is one of the NFL's top wide receivers. Running back Joe Mixon led the AFC North in rushing yards last season (1,168). Quarterback Andy Dalton has completed at least 61 percent of his passes in six of the last seven seasons.

With all of that ammunition, Boyd believes Cincinnati's offense will be versatile and dangerous.

"Now it ain't just going to be a two-man show, one-man show," Boyd said. "Everybody's going to be able to produce. The sky's going to be the limit for this year. I feel like we're going to be a top-3, top-1 offense."

Browns: Myles Garrett Believes His Best Yet to Come

The Cleveland Browns have received plenty of hype this offseason, but defensive end Myles Garrett might not be getting enough attention. Garrett made the Pro Bowl and led the division in sacks last season with 13 ½, and the former No. 1 overall pick is still just 23 years old.

In Dan Pompei’s in-depth article for BleacherReport, Garrett says he expects to be more dominant next season with new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks taking over for Gregg Williams, now with the New York Jets. Garrett believes Wilks will give him more leeway to use his athleticism to defeat offensive linemen. The Browns also signed two defensive linemen, Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon, to help Garrett up front.

"I hopefully have more freedom to be the player I want to be," Garrett said. "(Williams) was more like, 'You win with these two moves. I don't want to see anything else out of you.' It's kind of hard with two moves. I feel like you can't always be so predictable. You have to mix up what you're doing. You have to have some freedom to throw different looks at them, and we didn't always do that."

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and newly-acquired wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. get most of the headlines in Cleveland, but Garrett thinks he's the team's best player. He just has a different personality than Mayfield.

"He carries his swag in a different way," Garrett said. "I'm more to myself. I don't like to be as vocal. But you can take it to the bank I'm thinking I'm the best player on the field at any given time. He's just more likely to say it."

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