Dalton deal won't change Steelers' plans

LATROBE, Pa. -- The six-year, $115 million contract that quarterback Andy Dalton landed from the Bengals won’t alter the Pittsburgh Steelers' plans regarding quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told ESPN.com.

Roethlisberger has two years left on his contract, which is when the Steelers have traditionally signed their starting quarterback to a new deal. But the franchise will wait until after the season to sign Roethlisberger, whose base salary is $12.1 million this year, to another long-term contract.

That hasn’t changed because of the contact that Dalton signed with the Bengals, Colbert said.

“Those deals don’t affect us at all,” Colbert said Monday morning. "Art [Rooney II] made the statement and we followed up that Ben’s situation will be dealt with fairly after the season because we want to take care of other business that we have to tend to this year.”

The Steelers are less than $6 million under the salary cap, and Colbert has said the organization is interested in signing cornerback Cortez Allen, outside linebacker Jason Worilds and right tackle Marcus Gilbert to long-term contracts.

All are going into the final year of their respective deals.

The Steelers signed kicker Shaun Suisham to a four-year contract extension last Friday. Gilbert said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has had talks with the Steelers regarding a new contract for the fourth-year veteran.

The Steelers have until Sept. 7 to sign their own players to new deals since the team doesn't negotiate contracts during the regular season.

“Obviously you think about getting [a new contract] done; the only thing I can control is playing football,” Gilbert said. “If I do what I’m supposed to do during games it’s going to work out for itself. I keep in touch with my agent but he handles that part and my job is to play football.”