The team announced that Roethlisberger has signed a new five-year deal. That contract is worth $99 million and can escalate to $108 million, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source informed of the situation. He was set to hit free agency after the 2015 season, but general manager Kevin Colbert said recently he was confident the two sides would come to terms.
We've heard plenty of predictions that Roethlisberger could break down as he gets older because of his style of play. But the reality is that he's playing at the same high level as ever. He's not nearly as nimble afoot as he once was, but the mental side of his game has vastly improved. The Steelers take advantage of his vertical accuracy in Todd Haley's offense while also letting him make more decisions behind the line of scrimmage. Roethlisberger led the league with a career-high 4,952 yards in 2015. His 7.9 yards-per-attempt average is sixth in NFL history and second among active players.
Roethlisberger is the first of the triumvirate of quarterbacks drafted in 2004 to receive a second megadeal. Roethlisberger nearly played out the entire eight-year, $102 million contract he signed back in 2008. Now Philip Rivers and Eli Manning are coming up on their deals and figure to get similarly big extensions. (We'd argue that Manning should receive far less security than Rivers and Roethlisberger.)