PITTSBURGH (KDKA)– According to reports, the Steelers are trying to extend quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before the draft.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter says the team wants a deal in place for Big Ben before round one of the draft starts on Thursday night.

“Steelers working hard to complete a contact extension for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Thursday night’s NFL draft begins, per sources. The 37-year-old Roethlisberger is scheduled to be headed into the final year of his contract, but Pitt wants to retain him well beyond.”

The team expressed interest in re-signing Roethlisberger at the beginning of the offseason, but talks about the extension dropped off while the Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell saga took the spotlight.

“Source said Ben Roethlisberger contract talks with Steelers are ‘moving in the right direction’ after a slower period coming out of free agency. Both sides would like to enter post-draft offseason without this as a concern. Steelers could clear cap space to make a draft-day move.”

The NFL Draft begins Thursday night at 8:00 p.m.