The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Ben Roethlisberger to a new contract for the 2021 season.
Steelers have signed QB Ben Roethlisberger to a new contract for 2021.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2021
“It is my greatest honor to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and give my all for this organization,” Roethlisberger said in a statement. “I am grateful to be at this stage of my career and more than happy to adjust my contract in a way that best helps the team address other players who are so vital to our success. I love this game and love to compete, and I believe in this team and my ability to deliver when called upon. It all starts with great preparation and I am ready to go.”
According to ESPN, Roethlisberger took a pay cut from $19 million to $14 million in his final year of his contract.
Ben Roethlisberger willingly reduced his pay to $14M from $19M in this final year of his contract and spread the cash payment through 2022, per source. It lowered the cap hit by over $15M, all so the team can make the right moves to be as competitive as possible this season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2021
Big Ben threw 33 touchdowns with 10 interceptions last season. He did not play after Week 2 in 2019 due to a season-ending injury that required elbow surgery.
The breakdown:— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2021
— $12.925M signing bonus.
— $1.075M base salary
— 4 voidable years to spread out the cap hit (technically a deal through 2025), voiding after the season.
So, 1 year, $14M with a greatly reduced cap hit. https://t.co/sFMQteqOQp
“We are excited we were able to come to an agreement with ben Roethlisberger on a new contract for him to return to the Steelers in 2021,” general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “We know that Ben can still play at a high level and do special things for this team. Our goal remains the same — to put together a roster that will compete for another championship. We are happy that Ben will be one of our leaders to help us accomplish that goal.”
Roethlisberger turned 39 last week will enter his 18th season in the NFL.