There is an article that talks about Ben and how his agent is very optimistic that the Steelers will approach him with a contract extension offer this offseason. This is a gimme IMO, there is no doubt the team is looking to sign Ben and get him secured as a Steeler for a good long time; they've already mentioned this as being a priority this offseason a long with Starks.
We've waited 2 decades since Terry retired to have a franchise QB like Ben and there should nothing that stands in the way of getting him a big deal to keep him. We've suffered through the likes of guys like Brister, Stoudt, Malone, Woodley, Stewart and Odonnel for far too long to let a guy like slip away.
He is due a roster bonus in March so one would think they may try to get this done before then so they know what they have to work with come draft time. We'll see though because in the past they've waited to ink veterans till after the draft.