Steelers Want To Extend Ben Roethlisberger Before Draft

The Steelers are working hard to extend quarterback Ben Roethlisberger prior to the draft on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports (Twitter link). Big Ben has one year left on his current deal, but the club wants to keep him “well beyond” the 2019 season. And, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (via Twitter), contract talks are moving in the right direction.

We recently heard that Roethlisberger was not necessarily pushing for a new contract, but that discussions between player and team were ongoing. The two sides have been discussing a re-up at least since January, and given that Roethlisberger could earn upwards of $60MM in the 2020-21 campaigns if the team used the franchise tag on him, that figure could be a primary benchmark in negotiations.

Whether Roethlisberger is a good teammate or not has been a hot topic of late, but his on-field production continues to be top-notch, as he set career-highs in completions (452), pass attempts (675), passing yards (5,129), and touchdowns (34) this past season. Advanced metrics lauded Roethlisberger’s work as well, as he finished fourth in Total QBR and eighth in adjusted net yards per attempt. Meanwhile, Roethlisberger ranked fifth in Football Outsiders‘ DYAR, which measures value over a replacement level player, and eighth in DVOA, meaning he was effective on a per-play basis. His status in the locker room, whatever it might be, does not figure to be a factor in contract talks.

The Steelers, of course, narrowly missed the playoffs in 2018 despite Big Ben’s impressive statistics, and the team is now without Antonio Brown. But Pittsburgh has never had a losing season with Roethlisberger at quarterback, and despite the trade of Brown, the club should once again compete for the AFC North crown.

Roethlisberger is set to carry a cap charge of $23.2MM this season, and an extension would lower that figure and give the Steelers a little more breathing room.

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6 comments on “Steelers Want To Extend Ben Roethlisberger Before Draft

  1. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    Honestly, if you are going to pay him the same as the tag, just tag him. He could play for years or he could fall off a cliff.

    • kevin

      no he’s a starter u need to let him know with a contract that he’s your guy . tagging him at this stage tells him that he’s not their guy after this year . and his production may suffer . he’s been loyal the team needs to show loyalty to

  2. Yep it is

    Amen the guy is a cancer and crybaby. Jettison him now. You won’t win again with him.

    • deal1122

      Hahahaha yeah judging by how the brown saga went down, Ben is the crybaby. Good one dipstick

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