Rooney II issues statement

Steelers President Art Rooney II issued a statement Tuesday morning concerning the team's discussions about a contract extension for Coach Bill Cowher.

Art Rooney II, president, Pittsburgh Steelers

"Over the past several months we have had a continuing and positive dialogue with Coach Cowher's representative, Octagon President Phil de Picciotto, concerning Bill's contract and the future. I remain optimistic and hopeful that we will be able to conclude a contract extension which will keep Bill coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers for many more years. However, we have all agreed that at this time we will continue those conversations after this season so that Bill's focus, and the focus of the entire organization, can be on the excitement and challenge of defending the Super Bowl championship."

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