Earlier today the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that they have reached an agreement on a 2-year contract extension with Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Adam Schefter reports the deal is worth 68 Millions dollars, with a 37.5 million dollar signing bonus, and 30 million in injury guarantees. With all the changes in Pittsburgh this off-season with the losses of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, locking up the franchise Quarterback for the next 3 years had to be a top priority.
Ben Roethlisberger’s two-year extension is worth $68 million, and includes a $37.5 million signing bonus and an additional $30 million in injury guarantees, per source. Roethlisberger had one year at $12 millon left – and now has three at $80 million – $67.5 gtd.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2019
This is a huge signing for the Steelers, who keep the face of their franchise for the next three seasons after he had openly contemplated retirement from the game in past off-seasons. He will be 37 years old when the season starts, and the team selected Mason Rudolph in the third round of last years draft, but it appears he won’t be the starter in Steel town until at least 2022, when he will be 27 years old.
The question about Ben, has to be his health and ability. Last season he playing in all 16 games, the first time he has done so since 2014, and only the fourth time in his entire career. His 5,129 passing yards, and 34 touchdown passes were both career highs. He threw 16 interceptions as well, but that is right on par for what you expect from him. They way the rules have changed, and the technologies have advanced, it isn’t crazy to think that he could play through this contract, and potentially even longer. Now we wait and see what happens with his fellow 2004 Quarterbacks, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers.
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