The Pittsburgh Steelers are remaining fully committed to Ben Roethlisberger, at least for the next few seasons. The two sides have reportedly agreed to a contract extension one day before the NFL Draft.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported early this morning that the Steelers and Roethlisberger had made “significant progress” on a new deal that would make him one of the highest-paid players in the league. Roethlisberger’s current contract was slated to expire after the 2019 season.
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger and the Steelers are in agreement on a new three-year contract. As Rapoport indicates, it is actually a two-year extension on top of the one year he has left.
In short, he’s signed through the 2021 season.
UPDATE: Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger have finalized deal on new three-year contract. Will be announced today
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) April 24, 2019
Last season, Roethlisberger set career-highs in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. He threw for 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his passes.
This year will test just how much Roethlisberger has left, as he’ll be without his No. 1 wide receiver. Antonio Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders this offseason in what was an acrimonious split.
Pittsburgh is coming off a 9-6-1 campaign in which it missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013.