Big Ben reportedly gets 8-year extension
Steelers quarterback will be paid $102 million — $36 million guaranteed
updated 9:28 a.m. ET, Mon., March. 3, 2008
Ben Roethlisberger will apparently be staying with the Pittsburgh Steelers for a long time to come.
ESPN.com reported Monday that the Pro Bowl quarterback has agreed an eight-year contract worth $102 million, a deal that would make Roethlisberger one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
According to the ESPN report, the contract includes more than $36 million in guaranteed money. The Indianapolis Colts gave Peyton Manning a $34.5 million signing bonus and the Atlanta Falcons gave Michael Vick $37 million in guarantees in deals signed in 2004.
An official announcement of the deal could come later Monday.
Roethlisberger turned 26 on Sunday. In 2007, he made the Pro Bowl after completing 264-of-404 passes for 3,154 yards with 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Roethlisberger also rushed for two touchdowns.
He finished the season with a 104.1 quarterback rating while leading the Steelers to an AFC North title.
Two years ago, Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback to win the Super Bowl in NFL history, aged 23.
However, his 2006 season was marred by injury, including the after-effects of an offseason motorcycle accident in which Roethlisberger was not wearing a helmet.
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