Steelers’ GM: Big Ben older but ‘getting better’

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert isn’t quite ready to say quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is in the later stages of his career.

“I hope he plays forever,” said Colbert from the NFL scouting combine when asked about Roethlisberger’s late-career turn.

But Colbert also understands the dynamics: His 34-year-old quarterback said five weeks ago that he would evaluate his options during the offseason. That means the Steelers might need to plan for the future at quarterback sooner rather than later. Colbert is keeping an open mind and is ready for all scenarios.

“He is getting older. He’s getting better,” said Colbert about Roethlisberger. “He was hit less this year than any other in his career. Chances are he will extend his career. We don’t know how long…