Now, 10 seasons and two Super Bowl Championships later, and all those to laud his selection have proven to be right. Now, the Steelers are facing a significant chapter in Big Bens career. Roethlisberger is entering the final year of his current contract and is due a big fat pay raise.
The bad news is this team is already cash strapped for the salary cap, and giving Roethlisberger the raise he deserves means that other areas will have to suffer for it. Before we talk about what kind of contract Big Ben might be looking forward to this upcoming offseason, let’s look back at previous contracts.
Roethlisberger’s rookie contract was for six years and $22.26 million, with a total value of almost $40. Roethlisberger got this deal before the NFL put in the rookie pay scale that limited the financial impact of first-round pick rookie contracts.
The new contract that Roethlisberger signed in 2008 was an eight-year, $102 million dollar deal that had only $33.2 million in guaranteed money, but buckets of incentives and bonuses. Roethlisberger was only 26 years old when he signed this huge deal, so it wasn’t out of the question that if Roethlisberger continued to improve he could get that elusive third contract with a big raise.
The second part of this equation is how much money are we talking about? Well, there are two ways to look at this. First is the total value of the contract. This is sort of an ethereal figure that gets tossed around when these sorts of things come up, but the reality is these numbers never really come into play.
I look for Roethlisberger to try and get as much guaranteed money as possible during his five years. It only makes sense that he not mess around with a deal that is more fluff than substance. Roethlisberger has been great for this team, and no matter how you feel about athlete’s salaries, you understand that the NFL pays players not only for what they have done, but what they believe they will do.
While I don’t think the Steelers will give Roethlisberger five years and upwards of $54 million guaranteed like Rodgers got, with what he is doing this season, don’t be shocked if the dollars work out to be more than the five-year, $103.75 million extension Ryan got that included the $42 million. Big Ben is going to get a big fat raise this offseason, and deservedly so. Read more…