With Antonio Brown in Oakland and Le'Veon Bell in New York, the Pittsburgh Steelers have gone all in on Ben Roethlisberger. With the 37-year-old showing during the 2018 season that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank, it was reported earlier today that Big Ben agreed to a contract extension with the team.
And the details of the deal are pretty absurd.
The #Steelers and QB Ben Roethlisberger signed a 2-year extension worth $63M, source said. That’s the base value on his two new years.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 24, 2019
Are we forgetting the man lost two of his biggest offensive weapons? We know his stats were off the charts last season, but that's about to change in a big way in 2019.
Ben Roethlisberger Last Season— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) April 24, 2019
Pass Yds: *5,129 Ever
Pass TD: *34 Ever
Comp Pct: 67% 2015
QBR: 71.7 2015
*Steelers single-season record pic.twitter.com/Neqogen7jF
And he also led the league in interceptions with 16.
Now, in the final two years of his deal, he'll make an average of $31.5 million per season in his age 38 and 39 seasons. It's understandable that the Steelers wanted to prioritize the QB position, which is the most important in the NFL, but how can you justify this type of pay for a QB on the back nine of his career and then not give Le'Veon Bell the money he wants?
It's very confusing, but the Steelers have their ways and nobody will be surprised when they prove the world wrong.