Ben Roethlisberger Agrees to Restructured Contract With Pittsburgh Steelers
Time hasn't run out on Big Ben quite yet.
We have signed QB Ben Roethlisberger to a new contract for 2021.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 4, 2021
Roethlisberger's new deal will lower his salary from $19 million to $14 million while spreading out future payment through 2022, lowering his cap hit from more than $44 million to $15 million, according to ESPN.
Ben Roethlisberger willingly reduced his pay to $14M from $19M in this final year of his contract and spread the cash payment through 2022, per source. It lowered the cap hit by over $15M, all so the team can make the right moves to be as competitive as possible this season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2021
"We know that Ben can still play at a high level and do special things for this team," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. "Our goal remains the same – to put together a roster that will compete for another championship. We are happy that Ben will be one of our leaders to help us accomplish that goal."
Roethlisberger, who holds Steelers franchise records in passing yards (60,348) and touchdowns (396), is coming off a 12-3 campaign as a starter. He threw for 3,803 yards and 33 touchdowns on a 65.6 completion percentage this past season.
Just last week, Colbert was still playing coy on his QB's future, but they've clearly agreed to stay together for the near future.
"It is my greatest honor to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and give my all for this organization," said Roethlisberger. "I love this game and love to compete, and I believe in this team and my ability to deliver when called upon. It all starts with great preparation and I am ready to go."
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