The Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could reach an agreement on the veteran’s contract extension by Friday.
According to ESPN, the 37-year-old is due a $5 million roster bonus, and it would get rolled into a new signing bonus for Roethlisberger if he signs a new extension by Friday. Previous reports indicated the Steelers are planning to restructure Roethlisberger’s contract as well.
#Steelers have said their offseason priority no. 1 is extending/renegotiating a deal for Ben Roethlisberger. The two-time Super Bowl-winning QB is due a $5M roster bonus Friday. Expect the new deal to be done by then, so that bonus gets rolled into new signing bonus.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 12, 2019
Steelers president Art Rooney II confirmed in January the team had started contract extension talks with Roethlisberger and his agent. Rooney expressed that he believes the veteran still has a lot left to give and they are excited to have him on the roster for a few more years.
“I think Ben has some good years left. I’d still say he’s close to being in the prime of his career,” Rooney said in January, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m not sure there’s any reason that Ben can’t play for several more years. We’re looking forward to that.”
Roethlisberger, who has spent his entire 15-year career with the Steelers, led the NFL with 5,129 passing yards in 2018. He also completed 67 percent of his throws for 34 touchdowns and a league-high 16 interceptions.