The Pittsburgh Steelers made signing veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension this offseason a priority, and the two sides finally got things done on March 13 as a new five-year deal was reached.
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Roethlisberger, Steelers Agree to Five-Year Extension
Friday, March 13
The Steelers announced that they've reached an agreement with Roethlisberger on a new five-year deal. Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer of the NFL Network broke down the financial terms of the deal:
Steelers Confident in New Roethlisberger Deal
Tuesday, Feb. 10
Steelers.com's Bob Labriola added another comment from Colbert:
Big Ben has accumulated over 39,000 yards, 251 touchdowns and a pair of Super Bowls during his 11 seasons with the Steelers.
Most recently, he completed a career-high 67.1 percent of his passes for an NFL-best 4,952 yards. He also tied a career high in touchdowns (32) and had his second-best season in terms of interception percentage (1.5).
And Colbert, via Lolley and Pit.Scout.com's James C. Wexell, believes the soon-to-be 33-year-old is still getting better:
Roethlisberger will force a throw every now and then, but he's incredibly difficult to bring down in the pocket, has a strong arm and is as tough as nails. He has developed one of the most efficient QB-WR duos in the league with Antonio Brown, and keeping him around long term will be beneficial for some of Pittsburgh's young skill players, such as Le'Veon Bell, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant.