General manager Kevin Colbert revealed Tuesday that the team has officially begun preliminary negotiations with the franchise quarterback, though there is no timeline for a deal to be finalized.
"I think Ben is going to be better quarterback down the road than he has to this point," Colbert explained. "He'll get better with good players around him."
Here's what else we learned from Colbert on Tuesday:
- Although his preference is to avoid the franchise and/or transition tag, Colbert wants to find a way to keep impending free agent pass rusher Jason Worilds.
"He had a good year for us," Colbert said. "He's still a young, ascending player. I don't think you've seen the best of Jason Worilds."
- Because Jarvis Jones is the only experienced outside linebacker under contract, Colbert will target pass rushers and help for the secondary in free agency and the draft. He believes this year's draft class is a good one for outside linebackers and cornerbacks.