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Ben closes in on pocketing 70 percent of his $100 million deal

Ben Roethlisberger AP

There have been plenty of $100 million deals in the NFL — including $100 million deals that aren’t really $100 million deals.

But even the actual $100 million deals never actually pay out $100 million.  As Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com points out, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is about to become the closest to ever pull that off.

Later this year, Roethlisberger will have earned more than $70 million of his eight-year, $102 million contract.  Through 2012, he pocketed $64.9 million.

After getting another $11.6 million in 2013, that could be all Roethlisberger sees on the current deal.  A series of restructurings have pushed his cap number to roughly $18 million in 2014.  With only two seasons remaining on the package, the only way to make a major dent in the cap number will be to extend the contract — and to push cap dollars into seasons beyond 2015.

At $69 million, Donovan McNabb has the highest amount earned on a $100 million deal.  Drew Brees currently is second among the eight active nine-figure deals, with $40 million earned.

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54 Responses to “Ben closes in on pocketing 70 percent of his $100 million deal”
  1. thesteelers says: Jul 2, 2013 8:21 AM

    Six rings.

  2. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 2, 2013 8:32 AM

    Talk about paralyzing a team! And what do they have to show for it? An 8-8 season? His first SB was a gift from the refs and the second was a gift from Holmes. And then he sticks Pittsburgh with one of the biggest sex scandals in the history of the NFL. And for this, they give him $70 million? SMH.

  3. tharoostah says: Jul 2, 2013 8:34 AM

    How much has Vick earned?

  4. newmarketmaulers says: Jul 2, 2013 8:35 AM

    All this talk about the Pats and blood on their hands… At least they didnt give $70 mill to a guy thats been accused of some awful stuff… twice

  5. burm61 says: Jul 2, 2013 8:37 AM

    Seriously. NFL players play 16 games a year. People work 90 hours a week and barely graze the 50k/year mark. It’s ridiculous.

  6. donterrelli says: Jul 2, 2013 8:37 AM

    I think he deserves it. In his 9 seasons in the league, he’s taken the Steelers to the playoffs each year, but twice. Taken the team to 3 Super Bowls and won 2.

  7. daburgher says: Jul 2, 2013 8:50 AM

    Most underrated player of this generation

  8. dryzzt23 says: Jul 2, 2013 8:56 AM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation and McNabb wants some respect.

  9. dpaste99 says: Jul 2, 2013 8:58 AM

    These candid pictures you guys get are fantastic at times. I take it he’s laughing his way to the bank on this one.

  10. getyourownname says: Jul 2, 2013 8:59 AM

    In other words, his cap hit is about 50% more (roughly) than Joe Flacco’s cap hit through the end of the 2015 season.

    Anyone want to bet Steeler fans won’t be talking about the supposed effect of Ben’s contract on the rest of the Steeler roster?

  11. 49erstim says: Jul 2, 2013 9:04 AM

    Mike this headline and picture combo is awesome. Made my day already. Well done!

  12. waldo56 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:05 AM

    Did Brett Favre not earn $74.5 million of his $101.5 million contract signed in 2001?

  13. citizenstrange says: Jul 2, 2013 9:06 AM

    Are you including the four game suspension that he didn’t pocket?

  14. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:07 AM

    Once the money runs out on his current contract, Roethlisberger will price himself out of Pittsburgh. The Steelers need to trade him ASAP, especially while Bruce Arians is still employed in Arizona, which probably won’t be for long.

  15. steelerben says: Jul 2, 2013 9:11 AM

    The Steelers kicked the can down the road on his contract about as far as they can. They will give him a big contract extension and once again push his cap number into the future. Same thing the Ravens plan to do once Flacco’s cap number jumps up over $28 million in 2016 or $31 million in 2017.

    **NEWS FLASH**
    Every team does this.

  16. randywhite54 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:21 AM

    “All this talk about the Pats and blood on their hands… At least they didnt give $70 mill to a guy thats been accused of some awful stuff… twice”

    No, they didn’t pay Hernandez $70 million.

  17. nutsacker says: Jul 2, 2013 9:22 AM

    At least the rapings have stopped

  18. daburgher says: Jul 2, 2013 9:22 AM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Jul 2, 2013 8:32 AM
    Talk about paralyzing a team! And what do they have to show for it? An 8-8 season? His first SB was a gift from the refs and the second was a gift from Holmes. And then he sticks Pittsburgh with one of the biggest sex scandals in the history of the NFL. And for this, they give him $70 million? SMH.

    So Santonio made a late 4th quarter, super bowl clinching, pass to himself?

  19. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:35 AM

    daburgher:
    Roethlisberger threw a 7-yard pass into double coverage that nearly was intercepted. Holmes made a spectacular catch.
    Actually, Roethlisberger’s throw was a reckless pass, especially considering that all the Steelers needed was a field goal to tie the game. Both Holmes and James Harrison’s saved Roethlisberger’s ass in that game…

  20. FinFan68 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:35 AM

    Who are the top 10 players that have earned the most in their careers? (actual dollars pocketed before taxes not future earnings or endorsements)

  21. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 2, 2013 9:37 AM

    That’s because the Steelers do it the right way, they don’t constantly restructure, or put it on the company credit card, a la Flacco deal.

  22. floratiotime says: Jul 2, 2013 9:44 AM

    Six rings … four of them thanks to steroids.

  23. scoobies05 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:54 AM

    thats funny crown…how many times has that deal been redone

  24. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:54 AM

    floratiotime:
    The past Super Bowl was won via Deer Antler Spray. So, what’s your point?

  25. jtbsteeler says: Jul 2, 2013 9:58 AM

    By Sept 1, Ozzie Newsome acquire another WR via trade or FA. It will be clear to him that Torrey Smith isn’t a No. 1 and all Jacoby Jones is good for is Jumpballs.

  26. abninf says: Jul 2, 2013 10:04 AM

    But how much of that money did the government confiscate and give to Africa, Pakistan and Egypt? And maybe a couple mill extra for a turtle bridge in Florida?

  27. stainlesssteellegends says: Jul 2, 2013 10:08 AM

    Many haters not only on Big Ben but the glory of the Steelers. Hate all you want because I just laugh at you.

  28. 49erstim says: Jul 2, 2013 10:14 AM

    @burm61
    You’re wrong. Here’s why….. If you could go to your boss right now and demand 10 mil a year you would. You are what we in the real world call a hypocrite. Just because you have no marketable skills you trash the earning potential of others. Here’s some advice that even your broke arse can afford. …either move to Mother Russia now or just wait it out while Vladimir Obama kills capitalism. Adios “Comrade”!

  29. steelersownu says: Jul 2, 2013 10:20 AM

    Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 2, 2013 8:32 AM

    Talk about paralyzing a team! And what do they have to show for it? An 8-8 season? His first SB was a gift from the refs and the second was a gift from Holmes.

    And the Ravens Super Bowl win was a gift from the refs for not calling defensive holding on that 4th and goal plain as day mugging on Crabtree that would have given the 49ers a 1st and goal at the one….and the WIN…….place an asterick next to that SB win….Ravens stole that win

  30. jpaq68 says: Jul 2, 2013 10:34 AM

    That’ll buy a lot of Roofies.

  31. steelcurtainwereonpedstoo says: Jul 2, 2013 10:47 AM

    Most underrated college town coochie stealer there is.

  32. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 2, 2013 11:09 AM

    “So Santonio made a late 4th quarter, super bowl clinching, pass to himself?”

    Hail mary jump ball thrown into triple coverage. Any other team would have intercepted that mess and Roethlisbooger would have gone down as the QB who blew two SBs and played miserably in SB XL. He should give Holmes at least half that $70m for saving his butt.
    Ike Taylor should fork over some cash, too, since Holmes’s catch diverted attention away from the fact that he often sleeps on the job. (i.e. 80 yard OT TD from Tebow).

  33. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 2, 2013 11:24 AM

    “And the Ravens Super Bowl win was a gift from the refs for not calling defensive holding on that 4th and goal plain as day mugging on Crabtree that would have given the 49ers a 1st and goal at the one….and the WIN…….place an asterick next to that SB win….Ravens stole that win”

    Uh…when the receiver tries to push off, you can’t call defensive holding. I thought everyone posting on here knew those rules. Guess not.

  34. steelersownu says: Jul 2, 2013 11:40 AM

    Uh…when the receiver tries to push off, you can’t call defensive holding. I thought everyone posting on here knew those rules. Guess not.

    Uh….there was not push off….and it was pass interference also…..just admit that the Ravens got away with it and move on—Jimmy Smith was burned on that play so he tried to hold Crabtree back….cost 49er’s the game

  35. CKL says: Jul 2, 2013 11:41 AM

    It definitely would be interesting to learn who has pocketed the most cash percentage wise and actual dollars on their contracts over their career. I’d bet P Manning is up there too. Maybe even Eli…think his deal was about 98 mill.
    I’d also be pretty surprised if Brady isn’t up there. they usually set it up so that the contract doesn’t look “huge” (ie no funny money) but he gets most of the money.
    I think it’s probably one good tool to determine who has a good agent.

  36. jmblosser82 says: Jul 2, 2013 11:48 AM

    That reception to Holmes, it was either a TD or an INC, def had no chance on catching it. Against Green Bay he wasn’t the only one on the team to make mistakes, he still played well enough to keep them in the game.
    Wins/losses are a team stat, can not place the blame on 1 person unless the QB goes 0-25 on passing with 10 INTs with most if the returned for TDs.
    Seattle superbowl he played lousy, just good enough to not blow the game. Arizona SB he like the rest if if the team played well. GB SB the whole team played poorly but they were still in striking distance to win it.

  37. jmblosser82 says: Jul 2, 2013 11:53 AM

    Oh and Ben will have a big cap hit but he restructures, if he prices himself out of the burgh no big deal, they’ll have a plan. Flacco has small cap hits compared to the 30 mil he will have in 3 years. Ben’s 8 year 102 mil deal is better then Joe’s 6 year 120 mil deal. Ben was thinking about the team short and long term, Joe just thinking about himself.

  38. whoisferg says: Jul 2, 2013 11:55 AM

    “That’ll buy a lot of Roofies”

    Awesome.

  39. citizenstrange says: Jul 2, 2013 12:02 PM

    Roethlisberger’s claim to “greatness” comes down to three plays without which he would be 0-3 in Super Bowls.

    Super Bowl XL
    1) Fast Willie Parker’s record setting 75 yard touchdown run.
    2) Antwaan Randle El’s beautiful (and better than any pass Roethlisberger would throw) 43 yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward.
    Without those two scores the Steelers lose to the Seahawks 10-7. That’s just how good Roethlisberger is.

    Super Bowl XLIII
    3) James Harrison’s 100 yard interception return touchdown.
    Without that the Steelers lose 23-20. Without the last second miracle catch touchdown to Holmes the Steelers lose 23-13. That’s just how good Roethlisberger is.

    Of course in Super Bowl XLV Roethlisberger threw a 1st quarter pick six — in which he pump faked to the intended receiver drawing in the coverage tight on him ….. and then THREW to him …. and then just for good measure threw ANOTHER interception giving the Packers an easy short field touchdown and a 21-3 lead.

  40. lovefootball4life says: Jul 2, 2013 12:06 PM

    Here’s the dilemma Steelers will be facing.

    Ben will be 33 when this contract runs out. They admit they will have to restructure..again. So how much longer do you extend it? Two years? Three years? To 35 or 36 years old?

    They will have no choice in order to keep his cap impact low but does his style of play really have him maintaining a high level that long? They guys in that age range now (Brees, Brady, Manning) don’t take the hits he is willing to take.

    When do you begin the transition away from the Big Ben era?

  41. melikefootball says: Jul 2, 2013 12:07 PM

    Same old haters comments on Ben. Ben was not arrested or charged in anything, stupidity yes charged no. Ravens Lewis was arrested and paid tons of money to two familes not being guilty and all, he also squealed on his buddies to get free. Pats Hernandez arrested and charged on murder, has two other with him waiting to sueal at their first chance. Lets call it as it is.

  42. lovefootball4life says: Jul 2, 2013 12:11 PM

    “By Sept 1, Ozzie Newsome acquire another WR via trade or FA. It will be clear to him that Torrey Smith isn’t a No. 1 and all Jacoby Jones is good for is Jumpballs.”

    Isn’t this a discussion about Ben Roethlisberger? Talk about obsessed.

  43. jmblosser82 says: Jul 2, 2013 12:13 PM

    Seriously you can not cherry pick 1 play in a full game. Both teams had plenty of opportunity to blow the game open. Fact if the matter the steelers are 2-1 in the last 3 appearances, 6-2 overall.
    By cherry picking 1 play in a game, the ravens would’ve missed the playoffs last year. Jones punt return in another poor performance by joe, ray rice making the chargers look like fools on 4&29. Ravens were as close to being 8-8 as the steelers were to being 10-6.

  44. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 2, 2013 12:30 PM

    “When do you begin the transition away from the Big Ben era?”

    Regardless of how they finish, draft a QB next April, ready to start 9/1/15. No transition – thank Ben for being the greatest Steeler QB ever, then release him after the 2014 season.

    Steelers handle their affairs in a business manner, and it’ll be no different with Ben.

  45. steel2372 says: Jul 2, 2013 12:31 PM

    Holmes made a spectacular catch but credit has to be given to a great pass from Big Ben. It was over the defenders head and into a great spot for Holmes. Give credit where credit is due. It was a great pass and He drove them down the field in order to get them in position to make that pass. That was the game defining drive not just that one catch from Holmes. It was a great team win The defense was outstanding also

  46. steel2372 says: Jul 2, 2013 12:36 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 2, 2013 11:09 AM

    “So Santonio made a late 4th quarter, super bowl clinching, pass to himself?”

    Hail mary jump ball thrown into triple coverage. Any other team would have intercepted that mess and Roethlisbooger would have gone down as the QB who blew two SBs and played miserably in SB XL. He should give Holmes at least half that $70m for saving his butt.
    Ike Taylor should fork over some cash, too, since Holmes’s catch diverted attention away from the fact that he often sleeps on the job. (i.e. 80 yard OT TD from Tebow).

    The Pass to Holmes in the SB wasn’t a hail mary jump ball. What the heck are you talking about?

  47. helladonks says: Jul 2, 2013 1:14 PM

    That pic is priceless

  48. steelersownu says: Jul 2, 2013 1:27 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 2, 2013 11:09 AM

    “Hail mary jump ball thrown into triple coverage. Any other team would have intercepted that mess and Roethlisbooger would have gone down as the QB who blew two SBs and played miserably in SB XL. ”

    this has to be the dumbest statement ever…..just wear your purple to the mall and quite commenting on a Steelers thread

  49. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 2, 2013 4:51 PM

    “just wear your purple to the mall and quite commenting on a Steelers thread”

    At least we’re getting to what’s really bothering you: dissent. Sorry, you and your fellow Steelers cheerleaders may be able to dictate your ill conceived roster picks to the Steelers FO, but you don’t control this thread.

    “Jimmy Smith was burned on that play so he tried to hold Crabtree back”

    Really? Never heard that from the officials. You know, the guys who later admitted they wrongly gave SB XL to the Steelers? Google Bill Leavy. In fact, give him a call.

  50. jmblosser82 says: Jul 2, 2013 5:20 PM

    Seattle-steelers call was more of a judgement call, Smith holding the arm is a fact.

  51. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 2, 2013 7:47 PM

    jmblosser:
    Presenting facts is not “cherry-picking.” Against the Cardinals, the Steelers twice faced first-and-goal situations, settling for a FG against the worst defensive team in Super Bowl history.
    It was a Roethlisberger interception that set up Harrison’s interception return for a TD. The more I’ve watched that game, the more amazed I am that the Steelers won.
    While you laud Roethlisberger for “keeping the game close” against the Packers, try to remember that the two-time Super Bowl champion Steelers were the favorites to win that game en route to failing miserably.
    I am just thankful the `05 and `08 Steelers played the generic Seahawks and Cardinals in Super Bowls and not teams that were, you know, actually good, like, say, the ’75, ’78 and ’95 Cowboys.

  52. jmblosser82 says: Jul 2, 2013 8:12 PM

    And the same goes for Baltimore, jones punt return against the steelers, only reason they won. The fact the chargers missed tackle after tackle if 4&29, only reason they won. Gross misplay by a safety, only reason they won. Smith holding the arm of a receiver, only reason they held into the SB. You can “present facts” all you want, a close game can easily go the other way if you pick a certain play that was “luck”. Look it up, steelers have a better head to head record against the ravens, including winning records in both cities, boasting a 3-0 record in the playoffs, twice en route to a ring. Also the golden boy has a losing record against Pittsburgh. Presenting facts sure is fun.

  53. scoobies05 says: Jul 2, 2013 10:20 PM

    fact. ravens are the defending super bowl champs
    fact. ravens are the 2 time defending afcn champs
    fact. steelers finished 3rd in the afcn last year and missed the playoffs.
    fact. 2 yrs ago the steelers lost to tebow in the playoffs
    hes right…this is fun!

  54. steelcurtainn says: Jul 2, 2013 10:27 PM

    Well deserved. 3 superbowl appearances and 2 wins. Only Eli Manning has won just as many sbs since Big Bens been in the league. Now time to finish your career with at least 1 or two more rings Big Ben. Three more would be nice but I won’t push it.

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