As expected, the Steelers have crafted a new 2021 contract for longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The team announced the new deal on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The move came as no surprise, as Pittsburgh owner and president Art Rooney II met Roethlisberger in late February to discuss his future and contractual situation with the team. To comply once free agency and the league’s new year begin on March 17, the Steelers had to lower Roethlisberger’s salary cap by $ 41.25 million for 2021.
“I’m grateful to be at this point in my career and more than happy to adjust my contract in such a way as to best help the team reach out to other players so essential to our success,” said Roethlisberger in a statement issued to the Steelers. com.
A first-round pick in 2004, Big Ben performed well enough last season, his first since returning from surgery to reattach three torn flexor tendons to his throwing elbow – an injury that limited him to two appearances in 2019. He threw for 3,803 yards. , 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2020, but was less effective in the team’s season-ending skid – throwing five interceptions in December and four more in the playoff loss to Cleveland.
Contributor: Nate Davis