Well… the wait is over. Big Ben is signed.
Pittsburg fans and AFC North fans alike have been eagerly waiting on a Ben Roethlisberger decision for weeks now. Wednesday afternoon Big Ben decided that he would stay with Pittsburg for at least another year. Rothlisberger decided to take a team-friendly pay cut to do so.
The #Steelers made it official, signing QB Ben Roethlisberger to a new contract and locking him in for 2021.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2021
New Deal for Big Ben
Ben signed a deal reducing his pay from $19M a year down to just $14M. This ranks Roethlisberger in the lower half of the NFL in salaries, behind Saint’s Taysom Hill and Carolina’s Teddy Bridgewater. While this may not have been the payout he was after, this does push the question of Ben’s departure or retirement. Although the 2022 season could be a different story. Ben has earned his money well over the years. Now 38-year-old Roethlisberger is eighth all-time in career passing yards. It’s possible Roethlisberger may pass Dan Marino on that list. If he plays like he did last year that possibly will be likely.
Roethlisberger passed for 33 touchdowns last season and led the Steelers to a 12-4 record and a playoff berth. However, they lost to Cleveland in the first round. After a year like this, despite his age, it is surprising to see “Big Ben” take such a pay cut. Roethlisberger is now waiting to see if JuJu Smith-Schuster hits the open market, or if he will have one of his favorite targets back for the upcoming season. Steelers nation are you excited for the return of Big Ben?