According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, Steelers quarterback Ben Reothlisberger will likely get a new contract after this season.
Roethlisberger is scheduled to receive $11.6 million this year ($9 million in a bonus as part of a restructured contract), which will give him $76.5 million from an eight-year, $102 million deal that he signed in March 2008. The most any NFL player had received from a $100 million contract was $69 million (Donovan McNabb).
This will likely be all that Roethlisberger will get from his current deal. Roethlisberger is in line for an extension after this season because his salary-cap number will be around $18 million and restructuring his contract this time won’t free up much cap room. Plus, an extension would probably guarantee the 31-year-old Roethlisberger finishing his career with the Steelers.
The Steelers don’t have a lot of cap room this season and that’s not going to change much in 2014. I agree with Hensley, it sounds like next offseason would be the perfect time to sign Big Ben to an extension.
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