Roethlisberger will be guaranteed $67.5 million through the 2021 season after agreeing Wednesday with the Steelers on a two-year, $68 million contract extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Roethlisberger will earn $12 million in salary in 2019 before the extension goes into effect next March at the start of the new league year. Upon putting pen to paper on the deal, Roethlisberger will receive $37.5 million as part of a signing bonus, with another $30 million guaranteed in the event of an injury. The extension essentially ensures that Roethlisberger, who turned 37 in March, will finish his career with the only franchise he's ever known.
The Steelers and Roethlisberger came to terms Wednesday on a two-year contract extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The value of the deal isn't yet known, but it's expected that the extension will make Roethlisberger one of the NFL's highest-paid players on an annual basis while he's on the Steelers' books through 2021. Though the veteran signal-caller had hinted at retirement in previous offseasons, Roethlisberger confirmed shortly after the Steelers' 2018 campaign wrapped up that he would be back for 2019. Roethlisberger is coming off a productive season in which he established new career highs in passing yards (5,129) and touchdowns (34), though he'll now have to adjust to life without top wideout Antonio Brown. However, with emerging star JuJu Smith-Schuster back for his third NFL season and a number of other quality targets on hand, Roethlisberger shouldn't see his numbers suffer much -- if at all -- in 2019 with Brown out of the mix.
The Steelers hope to sign Roethlisberger to a contract extension before the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports.
There doesn't seem to be any real concern about the two sides failing to reach an agreement, though it won't necessarily happen by Thursday. The 37-year-old quarterback is entering the final season of a four-year, $87.6 million extension and faces the issue of leading an offense without Antonio Brown (Raiders) or Le'Veon Bell (Jets). The Steelers still have an above-average collection of talent on offense, led by an excellent O-line and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Roethlisberger is still in the process of working out a contract extension with the Steelers, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.
A January report suggested the matter would be finalized before the start of the new league year, but it apparently went on the back burner while the Steelers focused on securing a pair of mid-round draft picks in exchange for a 30-year-old wideout with 11,207 career receiving yards. Roethlisberger will need to adjust to life without Antonio Brown, though it at least should be a positive in terms of team chemistry, and the remaining talent on offense is still above league average thanks to JuJu Smith-Schuster and an excellent line. With tight end Jesse James also departing this offseason, the Steelers are banking on some combination of Vance McDonald, James Washington, Donte Moncrief, Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer (ankle) to handle sizable roles in the passing game. It should only be a matter of time until the 37-year-old quarterback signs a contract extension to lock him in with the Steelers beyond 2019.
The Steelers and Roethlisberger are expected to restructure his contract before the new league year starts March 13, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
In the past, the Steelers have come to an agreement on extensions for Roethlisberger with two years and one year remaining on existing deals, so the veteran signal-caller is on pace for another with one year left on his current contract. This time around, the Antonio Brown (knee) saga is precipitating the potential need for cap space. With the Steelers perhaps contemplating moving on from Brown, a trade would include a dead-cap hit of $21.25 million, and a high-priced player like Roethlisberger, who is owed $23.2 million in 2019, is one of the best to provide relief. At the very least, Roethlisberger will come to terms on a contract beyond the 2019 season at some point in the next two months.
Roethlisberger said he will return for the 2019 season, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports. "I have another year on my contract," Roethlisberger said Sunday. "And if No. 53 (Maurkice Pouncey) is coming back, I'm coming back."
While the comment probably shouldn't be taken literally, the 29-year-old Pouncey does have one season remaining on a long-term contract -- same as his close friend Roethlisberger. The 36-year-old quarterback has openly pondered retirement in past seasons, drawing unnecessary attention from the media when there was little chance he would actually hang up his cleats. He's taking a different approach this time around, putting an end to the discussion before anyone can start it. Roethlisberger set career-high marks for passing yards (5,129), touchdowns (34) and attempts (675) in 2018, but he nonetheless loses a streak of four consecutive playoff appearances, with an inconsistent defense and poor play on special teams limiting the Steelers to a 9-6-1 record. Even with a tricky cap situation, Pittsburgh figures to retain the core of its 2018 offense, including Roethlisberger, Pouncey, Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner and Jaylen Samuels. The key free agents on offense are 33-year-old guard Ramon Foster and No. 2 tight end Jesse James.
Roethlisberger completed 31 of 45 passes for 287 yards with one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati. He also had three carries for three yards.
Pittsburgh struggled on offense the first half -- managing just three points -- but the defense kept the game close enough to pull out a victory in the final two minutes. This was a must-win game for Pittsburgh, which needs the game between Indianapolis and Tennessee to end in a tie in order to make the playoffs. Roethlisberger finishes the 2018 season completing 452 of 675 passes for 5,128 yards with a 34:16 TD:INT ratio. He also ran for 98 yards on 31 carries and caught one pass -- from himself -- for minus-1 yard. Roethlisberger has one year remaining on his current contract and, for the first time in the past few years, has not talked about retiring. Whether Big Ben plays beyond next season remains to be seen.
Roethlisberger completed 33 of 50 passes for 380 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 31-28 loss to New Orleans.
The Steelers have thrown 35 more passes than any other team this year -- the Colts are second with 609 -- as Roethlisberger has chucked up 45-plus attempts in four of his past six games. The issue is, the veteran quarterback has been characteristically vulnerable to turnovers down the stretch, throwing five interceptions over the past five games as Pittsburgh has gone 1-4 to fall out of playoff positioning headed into Week 17. The fantasy production had been lacking somewhat of late prior to Sunday's huge output against New Orleans, with Roethlisberger finishing 10th or worse in QB scoring (standard) over four straight showings between Week 12 and Week 15. With Pittsburgh trying to scratch and claw its way into the postseason with a win over Cincinnati and a Baltimore loss (among other, less likely scenarios), Roethlisberger will look to pick apart a Bengals defense that's allowed an NFL-high 34 touchdowns to opposing QBs in 2018.
Roethlisberger completed 22 of 34 passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Steelers' 17-10 win over the Patriots on Sunday. He also lost three yards on two rushes.
While the two interceptions were certainly a blemish, Roethlisberger made enough key plays to help the Steelers to the critical victory over a conference rival that had often bedeviled them in the past. Big Ben notably spread the ball around, connecting with eight different receivers. He found Vance McDonald and Antonio Brown for touchdowns of five and 17 yards in the first and second quarter, respectively, and just missed two others to McDonald and JuJu Smith-Schuster. The veteran gunslinger didn't enjoy the same downfield success he had in other games, as his 32-yard hook-up with James Washington served as Roethlisberger's lowest game-long completion of the season. Roethlisberger did manage to extend his multi-touchdown streak to three games, and he'll look to continue it against the Saints in a Week 16 interconference showdown.
Roethlisberger, who does not carry an official injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Patriots, reportedly suffered cracked ribs in Week 14's loss to the Raiders, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
In the wake of his rib issue, which the Steelers ' official site referred to as contusions, Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday, but was able to work fully both Thursday and Friday. As a result, his Week 15 status isn't in doubt, but the QB figures to contend with and play through a degree of discomfort until his ribs are completely healed.
Roethlisberger (ribs) practiced fully Thursday.
Roethlisberger understandably dealt with some soreness after sustaining rib contusions in Week 14, but his status for Sunday's game against the Patriots is not in doubt. On the heels of three straight losses, the Steelers head into the weekend at 7-5-1, a context that makes Sunday's contest critical with regard to the team's playoff hopes. While it's known that Roethlisberger will be a go against New England, the status of top running back James Conner (ankle) remains in question.
Roethlisberger (ribs) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The Steelers have routinely given the quarterback Wednesdays off this season mainly for maintenance purposes, but he could benefit from the rest more than usual after coach Mike Tomlin revealed Roethlisberger was dealing with multiple rib contusions in the aftermath of Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Raiders. Roethlisberger noted that the injury has presented some soreness that has made sleeping difficult the past couple of days, but it's nothing that will prevent him from suiting up Week 15 against the Patriots. Expect him to return to practice in some fashion Thursday and avoid an injury designation heading into the weekend.
Roethlisberger said Tuesday on his weekly radio show that he required an MRI for the rib injury he picked up in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Raiders but reiterated he doesn't expect to miss time, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. "I'll be on the field [Week 15 against the Patriots], that's all that matters."
Roethlisberger missed 19 of the Steelers' 60 offensive plays in the Week 14 loss after team trainers decided to hold him out for a spell when initial X-rays on the rib injury he sustained were inconclusive, per Fowler. The Steelers ultimately signed off on Roethlisberger's return to action, with the signal-caller giving the team a four-point lead on a touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster with 2:55 remaining in the contest before Oakland answered for the game-winning score with 21 seconds left. Chris Adamski of TribLive.com relayed that Roethlisberger is dealing with "several rib contusions" and could see his practice reps capped Wednesday through Friday, but backed up the quarterback's prediction that he'll be ready to go by the weekend. With the 7-5-1 Steelers having lost their last three games and clinging to a narrow division lead over the surging Ravens, Roethlisberger has plenty of incentive to push through the pain and play.
Roethlisberger (ribs) said following Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Raiders that "he assumes he will be good to go for (Week 15)," Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Roethlisberger exited Sunday's game in the first half after injuring his ribs, and he did not take the field for the majority of the second half until the Raiders scored a touchdown with just over five minutes left in the contest. Roethlisberger quickly led the Steelers down the field to reclaim the lead, which the Pittsburgh defense relinquished with just 21 seconds to go. Roethlisberger then threw the ball on a successful hook-and-ladder play to put the Steelers in position to tie, but kicker Chris Boswell slipped on the tying field-goal attempt, and the game concluded. Despite missing nearly half of Sunday's contest, Roethlisberger still ended up with 282 passing yards and two scores. Those planning on including him in lineups Week 15 will want to keep tabs on his status, but given that he returned to Sunday's contest and expressed optimism -- naturally -- after the game, fantasy players have reason to be optimistic as well.
Roethlisberger (ribs) returned to Sunday's game against the Raiders in the fourth quarter, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Roethlisberger was held out for nearly the entire second half because of his injury, but he returned in an effort to lead the Steelers back late in the contest.
Roethlisberger was forced out of Sunday's game against the Raiders with a rib injury.
With Roethlisberger -- who took a big hit at the end of the first half -- on the sideline, Josh Dobbs has taken over at QB for the Steelers. Prior to his exit from Sunday's contest, Roethlisberger had completed 18 of 22 passes for 164 yards and a TD.
Roethlisberger completed 29 of 45 passes for 281 yards with two touchdowns and an interception during Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Chargers.
The Steelers jumped out to a 23-7 lead before the half but could have gone in to the locker room leading by more had Roethlisberger not been intercepted by safety Derwin James on a pass intended for Vance McDonald deep in Chargers territory. Big Ben has now thrown six interceptions in his last three games, losing the last two. He'll look to return to his winning ways in Week 14 against Oakland, which has allowed 28 passing touchdowns and has just nine interceptions this season.
Roethlisberger completed 41 of 56 attempts, accounting for 462 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Broncos. He added two rushes for 18 yards on the ground as well.
The veteran quarterback had a solid fantasy outing despite loose care for the football, exceeding 20 points (standard scoring) for the sixth time over his past seven games, but committing a fate-clinching interception in the end zone when down a touchdown with under 1:30 to go in regulation. Pittsburgh has thrown the ball more than any other team in the NFL (43.3 pass attempts per game), a key reason why Roethlisberger sits less than 20 yards behind Matt Ryan for the league lead in passing yardage heading into Week 13. Upcoming next for Big Ben and the Steelers passing attack is a matchup against a Chargers defense that boasts the fifth-best TD:INT ratio against (1.45).
Roethlisberger completed 27 of 47 passes for 314 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, while rushing twice for one yard and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-16 win over Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville defense had Roethlisberger's number early, as he was 8-for-19 with 53 yards and two interceptions in a first half that ended with the Jaguars leading 9-0. Roethlisberger was able to uncork a nice deep ball late in the third quarter, resulting in a 78-yard Antonio Brown touchdown. He added an 11-yard score to Vance McDonald with 2:28 left in the fourth, then got the ball over the goal line himself with five seconds left, just after a would-be interception was nullified by a defensive penalty. Even without Le'Veon Bell this season, Roethlisberger benefits from a loaded offensive unit and will remain in the QB1 discussion despite having to travel to Denver in Week 12.
Roethlisberger completed 22 of 25 passes for 328 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Steelers' 52-21 win over the Panthers on Thursday. He also rushed three times for 27 yards and fumbled once but recovered.
Roethlisberger shook off a minor finger injury to post his fifth 300-yard game of the season and complete a season-best 88.0 percent of his throws. Big Ben finished with a perfect 158.3 rating for the contest as well, and he spread the wealth by connecting with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Antonio Brown, Vance McDonald, Jesse James and Jaylen Samuels for his scores. The 36-year-old now boasts a sparking 21:7 TD:INT through nine games, and he's thrown just one pick in the last four contests. He'll face the formidable challenge of trying to generate a successful encore when he takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars in a Week 11 divisional showdown on Nov. 18.
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