Report: Steelers planning contract extension for Big Ben

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Despite occasionally musing about retirement, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is apparently committed enough to remaining in Pittsburgh for years to come that he’s expecting to sign a contract extension this offseason.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers are planning to have a new deal done before March 13, the start of the league year, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The agreement is likely to add years to Roethlisberger’s contract but provide short-term cap relief and lower Roethlisberger’s cap hit for the 2019 season. One reason the Steelers are interested in doing that is to create extra cap room to absorb the $21.12 million cap hit they would absorb if they traded Antonio Brown, and still have enough money under the cap to acquire another receiver to replace him.

If Roethlisberger and Brown are really as at odds as some media reports have indicated, Roethlisberger might be more than happy to do a deal that would help the Steelers afford to move on from Brown, although any extension he signs in the offseason would likely add more money to his deal overall while reducing his 2019 cap number.

The 2019 season is the final year of Roethlisberger’s current contract. He is scheduled to have a cap hit of $23.2 million. After several quarterbacks signed big deals last year, including Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan, it will be interesting to see what kind of money Roethlisberger demands this year.

53 responses to “Report: Steelers planning contract extension for Big Ben

  1. As a ravens fan approve away. He has rim rocked you guys recently. you have the oldest team in the NFL. They’ll be 1, and done this year, and won’t win 5 games next year…

  2. it is hard to support or find sympathy for an organisation that velds its head coach from properly disciplining Ben, a former alleged perpetrator of domestic assault who by virtue of his position is de facto the leader of the team;

    now they’re giving him more money?

    can’t they see they are compel usurping Tomlin’s authority and actually making Ben the head coach in the way Manning was over Caldwell in Indianapolis?

    not that there is any defence for Brown’s behaviour, but now we can see it more likely in reaction to Ben seemingly running the team over Tomlin in the way Bryant’s and Harrison’s now appear to be;

    guess it time for the browns and Ravens to take over the division and make the Steelers 1960s irrelevant;

  3. Brady is cheaper and better. The Pats is soooo lucky. Brady even missed his 5 million bonus but he’s still contending and the expensive ones are done. Ben is a freak athlete. I don’t know what’s wrong with him. He could win a lot of SBs with his freakiness.

  4. Yeah, pay the guy who couldn’t beat Tim Tebow or Blake Bortles and in reality (AJ mccarren – the Bengals beat themselves at the end) in the playoffs , and with 6 probowlers this year couldn’t make the playoffs. How many playoff wins in the last 8 years? The guy has turned into an interception machine on high speed! Ha hahaha

  5. Glad to hear it! Roethlisberger is the only reason Tomlin’s Steelers aren’t 6-10 disasters every year.

    I used to think Tomlin was a great coach, but Pittsburgh has steadily gotten worse every year since the Super Bowl win in ’10, and it’s the same thing each time: inconsistent, undisciplined, bad time management, you know the list. Yet every year they have Pro Bowl wide receivers and score points. What is Tomlin in charge of, and what is Big Ben in charge of?

    Every quarterback throws interceptions, who cares about that.

  6. Roethlisberger is probably the most underrated player of this generation. He’s one of the all time great QB’s. The tape doesn’t lie. Plus he plays better in big games. A lot of QB’s don’t.

  7. how about that dysfunction in Foxborough eh?

    WE ARE DOING JUST FINE IN THE 508/617! The end is coming/in progress/will be, but its been a hell of a ride of unmitigated success. Us Bostonians and 5 1/2 New England states have been lucky since the turn of the century :).

    if Le’Veon bell was a patriot and pulled this rubbish, he would have been traded. same thing nearly happened to Logan Mankins when he was playing his holdout game too.

  8. I thought Ben was talking retirement not too long ago.
    Id give him the money before i gave to AB or Bell. He will play and play hurt. lots of drama and hes not my kinda guy but he does lay it out there for his team.
    if he stood up to AB in the locker room, thats a plus as well

  9. charliecharger says:
    January 5, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Roethlisberger is probably the most underrated player of this generation. He’s one of the all time great QB’s. The tape doesn’t lie. Plus he plays better in big games. A lot of QB’s don’t.

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    Roethlisberger’s stats are down across the board in playoff games vs regular season games. Highlighted by a terrible 30 (td pass) to 24 (ints) touchdown to interception. And a 9 for 21 (passes) for 123 (pass yards) with 0 (touchdowns) and 2 (interceptions) in his first Super Bowl (a Pitt win).

    Roethlisberger is largely overrated by some…

  10. Hope that big load gets 40 million per for 3 more years. A classy guy that never throws teammates under the bus or blames others for his horrible play deserves endless cash!

  11. The Steelers better find Ben’s replacement, and soon. Dobbs is highly intelligent, but I don’t really think he’s the answer. Who knows about Rudolph? The only thing to say about him is he apparently couldn’t beat out Dobbs for the number one backup position.

  12. save some space for teams that actually make the playoffs. Fatburger is done and so are the steelers the future of the North is Baltimore and Cleveland. The yinzers will have to fight with Cincy for last place for the next decade.

  13. Realistic. They’ve not done enough in the past 2 yrs to bring on the next QB, and they need any cap left over for the D. This is about damage limitation, retrenchment, not a new dawn.

  14. If this is true, it would pretty much guarantee Mason Rudolph never getting a real opportunity to be the Steelers next starting QB, as you’d have to sand-blast the rust off him. Which brings up why did the Steelers use a 3rd round pick on him, if they had basically no plans to give him a chance to be the starter?
    With Steeler fans largely hoping that Ben makes more plays for the Steelers than he does for the other team these days, the thought of Ben playing several more seasons is potentially chilling.

  15. charliecharger says:
    January 5, 2019 at 1:33 pm
    Roethlisberger is probably the most underrated player of this generation. He’s one of the all time great QB’s. The tape doesn’t lie. Plus he plays better in big games. A lot of QB’s don’t.

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    plays better in big games? which games? he puts up a lot of stats but he doesnt win very many playoff games.

  16. steelpenguin6687 says:
    January 5, 2019 at 1:48 pm
    The Steelers better find Ben’s replacement, and soon. Dobbs is highly intelligent, but I don’t really think he’s the answer. Who knows about Rudolph? The only thing to say about him is he apparently couldn’t beat out Dobbs for the number one backup position.

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    Rudolph being the # 3 guy in his rookie year doesn’t mean much. Ben was the # 3 QB in his rookie year until injuries to the QBs ahead of him gave Ben his chance.

  17. “As a Ravens fan, I approve of this”

    No you don’t. Oh look, I want you to resign a top 10 QB instead of my division rival be stuck with the Andy Daltons of the world.

  18. Great photo of Ben winding up for a big throw while two Bengals are grazing on turf in the lower RH corner.

  19. That’s fine for now. But we’d better be looking at better than a Dobbs or Rudolph as his replacement–and willing to trade up to get him–unless we want to return to the days of Stoudt, Malone, and Brister after he’s gone.

  20. Ben is too inconsistent. He has a good line and good receivers, and he underperforms randomly. I don’t get it.

  21. So… he’s under contract for when he’s 37 and 38, and they want to extend him through age 39 and 40, at top dollar… but they won’t sign the 25 year old All Pro RB who’s in his prime, and they won’t give the Hall of Fame receiver a contract with more than one year guaranteed. Okay.

    All you guys calling for Tomlin to be fired? The problems in Pittsburgh go a little higher up the ladder.

  22. Mason Rudolph, the QB the Steelers drafted in the 3rd round last year could easily have been the overall #1 pick. He’s got everything you want in a QB. He actually reminds me of Big Ben. You have to get him out on the field on Sunday to see how good he is, but I’d say the Steelers have to be feeling pretty good about what they have. He’ll step right in when Ben retires and be an elite QB. Steelers’ fans got nothing to worry about.

  23. “As a Ravens fan, I approve of this”

    “Says the fan of a team that gave the worst QB contract in league history.”

    Sorry, but until they win something, that honor first belongs to Atlanta, Minnesota, San Fran, etc. Baltimore just happened to “pay” for their title after the fact, much like Green Bay as it stands right now. And by the way, most other teams would gladly pay the same for a ring.

  24. steelerdeathstar says:
    January 5, 2019 at 1:58 pm
    If this is true, it would pretty much guarantee Mason Rudolph never getting a real opportunity to be the Steelers next starting QB, as you’d have to sand-blast the rust off him. Which brings up why did the Steelers use a 3rd round pick on him, if they had basically no plans to give him a chance to be the starter?

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    Actually think it bodes worse for Dobbs. Rudolph should beat out Dobbs as backup next season, if he’s as good as they think he is. All it takes then is an injury to Roethlisberger where Rudolph can get some actual game reps.

  25. The ravens have time tebow at qb and their fans are trashing rothlesburger? ? Lol. Talk about delusional. I’ll take a,40 years old rothlesburger over their wildcat gimmick qb any day. Ravens fans are some of the dumbest fans in the nfl. Rothlesburger has 2 superbowl wins , 3 superbowl appearances. The ravens wildcat qb will become a bust. Rg3 had a good rookie year too and won a playoff game his rookie year. Then he got figure out. Difference is rg3 ca. Throw the ball, Mr wildcat aka tim tebow lamer Jackson will be the worst qb in Ravens history. All he does is run the ball. Ravens are an embarrassment. And their fans are clueless idiots.

  26. He will probably get a 1 or 2 year extension so that they can lower his cap hit for 2019. I expect the Steelers to finally be a player in free agency this year because the window is closing. Although if Tomlin and ownership does not install some discipline, it will be for nothing.

  27. I Understand brown is a but I think Pittsburgh will rue the day letting Bell and Brown leave. Kicking the can down the road with Ben I guess makes sense but you gotta replace these guys and Connor when healthy seems like a nice player but there is no history he’s gonna show up 16 games for you. Ju ju seems like he’s gonna he a nice player as well but let’s see how good he does when AB isn’t There letting him run free. Both these guys are transcendent players at their position and I think the teams arrogance is gonna catch up with them and they are gonna he left with an old broken down Ben in the end.

  28. Big Ben made all these guys what they are. Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Mike Wallace, Emanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown and JuJU! The one common denominator is Ben Ben! Big Ben is the straw that stirs the drink!

  29. No QB has won the division more than Ben. But go ahead and act like this is somehow a bad thing AFCN fans.
    Meanwhile the players on your team know differently.

  30. I wouldn’t sign him for over 2 years. Mason Rudolph is a future star and be his successor. Kid was lights out at Oklahoma State!

  31. mrplow3 says:
    January 5, 2019 at 2:06 pm
    “As a Ravens fan, I approve of this”

    Says the fan of a team that gave the worst QB contract in league history.

    >>>NAH, That “worst QB contract in league history” title has to go to either the Rams for signing Bradford to a more than $70mil contract as a rookie or the Raiders for signing Russell, take your pick! Remember how both of those worked out. At least the Ravens got a lot of playing time out of Flacco.

  32. Bens going in the HOF. He may play inconsistent at times, but he’s still an unbelievable qb. Anybody thinking any different isn’t watching him play. I will say that as a Raven’s fan I don’t want Tomlin going anywhere!

  33. Now If they can just convince the NFL to award playoff spots for garbage time stats.,.

  34. charliecharger says:

    January 5, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Mason Rudolph, the QB the Steelers drafted in the 3rd round last year could easily have been the overall #1 pick. He’s got everything you want in a QB. He actually reminds me of Big Ben. You have to get him out on the field on Sunday to see how good he is, but I’d say the Steelers have to be feeling pretty good about what they have. He’ll step right in when Ben retires and be an elite QB. Steelers’ fans got nothing to worry about.

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    Based on your post history showing you lack of knowledge of the game it’s almost safe to bet Rudolph will be a bust cause you say otherwise.

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