“We have signed QB Ben Roethlisberger to a new contract for 2021,” the team said in a short announcement on Twitter. Roethlisberger originally had a $19 million salary for the 2021 season.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Big Ben willingly cut that pay to $14 million. In addition to taking a $5 million pay cut, Roethlisberger also agreed to have the money spread out over the next two seasons – to help the team increase their cap space.
After inking the new deal, Big Ben released a statement for fans:
“It is my greatest honor to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and give my all for this organization. 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 to 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.”
Big Ben and the Steelers jumped out to an 11-0 start to the 2020 season. At the time, he was in the conversation for the MVP award, but a 1-5 close to the season brought about more questions than answers.
With Roethlisberger locked in for another season, the Steelers can focus on the rest of the roster.