Three years, $85 million for Roethlisberger

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After news broke of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s new deal, we guessed that he’d get a signing bonus of $45 million. We were off a bit, but also right on the money. Sort of.

Per a league source, Roethlisberger’s signing bonus will be $37.5 million, and he’ll earn another $2.5 million this year. Added to the $5 million roster bonus earned in March, that’s a grand total of $45 million for 2019.

The two extra years of the contract have a value of $68 million, which is higher than the number previously reported. So the new-money average is $34 million — $500,000 more than Aaron Rodgers‘ $33.5 million figure. Given the $17 million Roethliberger was due to make in 2019, the total value of the deal is $85 million over three years, an average of $28.33 million.

That beats Kirk Cousins‘ average of $28 million on the three-year deal he signed with the Vikings a year ago. Given Cousins’ relative lack of accomplishments, it’s hard not to wonder whether beating Kirk’s three-year cash was a priority for Roethlisberger.

48 responses to “Three years, $85 million for Roethlisberger

  1. So, will every franchise QB that gets a new deal make more money than the last guy? So we could see 50 or 60 million a year? Seems like an unsustainable path….

  2. Wilson,Roethlisberger,Rodgers, Cousins, Brees are all me players. Get all they can forget about what it does to the team. This trend is making wish the NFL didn’t protect these guys so much.

  3. I don’t want any of them hurt but I would like to see them take a good hit more often after these contracts.

  4. That’s a lot of money to a dude that lost to Tim Tebow and Blake Bortles in the playoffs recently and couldn’t even make the playoffs last year.

  5. $45,000,000 for 2019. That’s over $123,000 a day, every day for the next year.
    Out of control?
    Look at it this way. One year of playing a game for 45 mill.. $1,000 a day, every day for the next 123 years.
    Out of control?

  6. troyparkerbmore44 says:

    Payment for past performance is what ultimately sinks ships.
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    Tell that to the Packer fans…

    Rodgers got $80 mil plus in the first 12 months of his new deal. Makes Big Ben’s $45 mil look like chicken feed.

  7. The biggest fools here are the fans who pack these stadiums, and buy their merchandise at OUTRAGEOUS PRICES!!! I’d never pay that kind of money to see a game live. Would rather watch from my comfortable couch, where their isn’t a line everywhere you look.

  8. When is Eli going to get his extension. If rings are the only measure of greatness as many people believe, he has two, and he beat Brady to get both of them. Clearly, using rings as the measure, he is the second best QB in the game today.

  9. Fair home town discount contract for the most important person on the team and still one of the best QBs in the league. He is still a premiere QB and they get paid. If Ben was a free agent, he’d command $40M per year easily.

  10. Well, perhaps the pricing is due to how big and strong he is. Think about it, with the size of the rest of his team-mates, it takes a big strong person to be able to effectively throw them under the bus…

  11. Angel Valle says:
    April 25, 2019 at 8:53 am

    A fool and his money will soon part!
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    Yes, we are the fools to pay the prices we do LOL!

  12. I don’t understand all the haters of this guy…2 time SB winner…one of the best QB’s of his era…and still one of the top QB’s in the league…when guys like Stafford..Cousins..Carr, Garrapolo..get upwards of the high 27 to 29 mil..this guy is worth so much more…so many envious people out there..He won SB’s with Wards and Holmes…he was never going to win with Bell or Brown…they never got enough…ever..they divided the locker room..the QB is supposed to be the leader…that’s his job…AB was useless without Ben..check his stats with Vick and L. Jones…they were a joke..most of Ben R int..were when he tried to force the ball to Brown..

  13. dave0163 says:
    April 25, 2019 at 5:48 am
    $45,000,000 for 2019. That’s over $123,000 a day, every day for the next year.

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    that’s around $2M per interception

  14. 45 Million? Roger Goodell makes more than that, he never completed a pass in the NFL.

  15. You got to pay the best qb’s in the league and Big Ben is one of them. With contracts like that from Bell and Brown, you just would have got more drama. Look forward to see Big Ben end his career as a Steeler.

  16. the QB market is strange.. if you have been deemed a franchise QB comparables no longer matter,if your proven doesn’t matter.. your just looking for the highest mark. I mean does anyone really thing Kirk should be in the same conversation with Rodgers or Ben? If I am looking at Wilson or Big Ben Im not thinking they are more valuable to their teams then Aaron Rodgers, and obviously no one is more valuable to their team then TB12

  17. Ben has played with great defenses and outstanding running attacks. I would argue that AB and Bell made him look better over the last few seasons. what has he done except whine, pretend he is retiring and dividing the team over the last 5 years?

    Those two SB victories were not on his shoulders. He is not clutch at all…

  18. I don’t understand all the haters of this guy…2 time SB winner…one of the best QB’s of his era…and still one of the top QB’s in the league…when guys like Stafford..Cousins..Carr, Garrapolo..get upwards of the high 27 to 29 mil..this guy is worth so much more…so many envious people out there..He won SB’s with Wards and Holmes…he was never going to win with Bell or Brown…they never got enough…ever..they divided the locker room..the QB is supposed to be the leader…that’s his job…AB was useless without Ben..check his stats with Vick and L. Jones…they were a joke..most of Ben R int..were when he tried to force the ball to Brown..
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    Correction. He won with a great defenses and great running attacks. And last time I checked Ward was the heart and soul of that team back then as well as the leader on offense. Don’t minimize AB’s play because you don;t like him as a person. He has arguably been the best wide-out in the game. And so was bell at his position. Goes deep, goes across the middle, plays outside the numbers, in the slot, blocks etc. and best pure hands in the game. Ben is the 2nd tier of good QBs in the NFL behind Brady, Brees, Rivers and yes even Russell Wilson IMO. He will get in the HOF but it…yeah ok…

  19. its CRAZEE how much money they are paying these guys… all the societal problems we have and a QB gets 28Mil, 35Mil, 20Mil, 18 Mil a year.

    Baseball players are getting 30Mil+ a year, when will us fans, have to walk away because we can’t afford it?

  20. Their money, I guess! What a waste! They will never win another thing if HE is the leader of this team! Who is left for him to run off? JuJu – Your next as soon as he throws that interception to lose the game.

  21. To everyone who says he isn’t worth the contract I say, then why did a billionaire businessman offer him that much money? If someone is willing to pay it to you then they must think you are worth it! If Big Ben retired tomorrow there would be a dramatic decline in interest, ticket re-sales, and merchandise sales for the entire team until another quarterback proved that they could perform as well as Ben has been doing.

    That said, Dang that is a lot of money! Go Steelers!

  22. “fmc651 says:
    April 25, 2019 at 1:09 am
    Wilson,Roethlisberger,Rodgers, Cousins, Brees are all me players.”

    Brees signed a two year extension for $50 million, which was widely considered below market value if he had waited a day and tested the free agent marketplace. More than likely he could have held out for a team to give him a 3 or 4 year contract worth at least $30 million per year. As almost every team would prefer Brees over Cousins . . . including, I believe the Vikings. I don’t think you can lump Brees in with those other QBs, and I think throwing Wilson into this group is questionable as well.

  23. I think Big Ben showed last year that he is in a pretty steep downward slope to his career. Yes he has been a very very good QB for quite a few years, but I think last year was the beginning of the end and Pittsburgh just gave away a huge chunk of money to a QB that has hit a cliff. Luckily for Steeler fans this organization tends to not guarantee money in a way the creates dead money against the cap (notable except was Brown who I believe is eating up something in the range of $18MM of cap space this year). I think they just gave Ben a huge 1 year contract and if he continues to decline they will most likely look for an heir next year and eat his cost for year 2 and cut him loose in year 3. Thus the transition has begun.

  24. Ben,Aaron and Brees 4 total super bowl wins in 5 appearances almost 10 years since big Ben and Rodgers met in the super bowl. Tom Brady 6 super bowls 3 in the last 5 years if they are worth 30-35 million Brady is worth 40 million at least….

  25. Although Steelers way overpayed for a guy about to retire, kudos to Ben for getting his. Was crying about retiring just 1-2 years ago, to cashing in on another $80+ million after that, what a retirement plan.

    Even if he just plays out 1 more year, who knows if he lasts 2, probably not 3. But he’ll still be retiring with an extra $50m. Lucky guy.

  26. People knock on Big Ben year after year, yet he continues to put up big numbers. If he can ever get the right supporting defensive cast to help him a little bit, he’ll cash in on title number 3. Its not his fault the coaches keep missing on defensive prospects.

  27. The comments from the haters are amusing, day after day. Nothing new, just the same old tired drivel.

  28. He made one comment last year out of frustration after a bad game, and somehow that means he’s been talking about retirement for the last five years? People should pay more attention.

  29. He’s got enough rings to warrant serious money. I don’t know if anybody is worth that much, but hey, smoke ’em if you got ’em.

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