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    Big Ben's New Deal Will Cost Pittsburgh Dearly

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    Posted May 24th 2007 7:47PM by JJ Cooper

    How crazy is this. Even though Ben Roethlisberger won't be a free agent until after the 2009 season, it's already time to start talking about his contract extension. And considering this is the Steelers we're talking about, that negotiation will end up being one of the craziest in Pittsburgh history.

    No one expects a new deal to be done before 2008, but it's going to be such a complicated contract with the escalators, option bonuses and other cap friendly devices that the two sides are already holding preliminary talks to start laying the groundwork.

    Despite the Steelers' reputation for stinginess, they've rarely let guys go who they really wanted to keep, and Roethlisberger would seem to rank No. 1 on the list of Steelers long-term contract priorities. But what will be interesting is seeing by how much Roethlisberger's deal blows away the Steelers' record for a signing bonus.

    Pittsburgh has never given a player a $10-million+ signing bonus. As a family-owned team the Steelers at one point didn't have the cash to throw around that kind of money, now it seems to be more of a decision to avoid writing a check that large. As this Post-Gazette story points out Kordell Stewart still earned the second largest signing bonus in team history with a deal that was signed in 1998.

    To put it in perspective, Tom Brady's new deal, signed before the most recent CBA, included a $14.5 million signing bonus. Peyton Manning's new deal signed in 2004 included a $34.5 million signing bonus. Of course Manning's deal also has given the Colts plenty of salary cap heartburn over the year. Hopefully Pittsburgh will convince Roethlisberger to follow Brady's lead and sign a massive, but not record-breaking contract to help ensure the team can surround him with quality players as well. But it is safe to say that Roethlisberger's next contract will leave any other Steelers contract, including Troy Polamalu's potential new deal, in the dust.

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    He first has to prove he is worth that kind of money....If Ben bounces back strong and shows he is a franchise QB then by all means give him the damn money...

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    When he has a huge season this year, he will prove his worth!


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    Being that Roethlisberger's contract isn't in dire need at this point, i think they should be considering Troys Contract first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clevestinks View Post
    When he has a huge season this year, he will prove his worth!
    I think he will to Cleve....Just saying first he has to show he is worthy of being paid like a franchise QB.....thats all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black@Gold Forever32 View Post
    I think he will to Cleve....Just saying first he has to show he is worthy of being paid like a franchise QB.....thats all
    I agree with you, I`m just showing my faith!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clevestinks View Post
    I agree with you, I`m just showing my faith!
    Oh I have faith in Big Ben trust me....I have been saying since 2006 that Ben will throw for 30 TDs in a season...Last year I was wrong but this year I will be right (I think)......

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    They definitely have to have an eye on Ben's contract but I agree let's take care of Troy first !!




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    hell yeah i agree he will prove himself this year!!! go big ben and get what you deserve!

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    I love Ben as much as everyone else here, but, he needs to rebound from last season and have a couple of consistant "great" seasons before he gets the label of "Franchise QB" in my opinion.
    Troy has proven his worth consistantly, week to week and he should be first priority.

    I hope Ben can shake off last seasons cob webs and show the Rooney's that he is the QB worthy of a big contract.

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