Big Ben Contract Talks
Ben Roethlisberger won a share of the NFL passing title in 2014 as a 32 year old. Roethlisberger set franchise records for passing yards and touchdowns, and he started every game for the second consecutive season. Roethlisberger won 2 Super Bowls in his 11 seasons in Pittsburgh, but according to Steelers’ general manager Kevin Colbert, Roethlisberger has his best football ahead of him.
Colbert also said that “there is no gun to the head on either side”, and “when you have two parties that are real interested in getting the same goal achieved, it usually goes quicker than not.” The Steelers need to hope that the deal gets finalized quickly because they have to be cap-compliant by March 10 when free agency begins.
Roethlisberger has been underpaid, making $13 million a year under current contract, when it comes to other similar quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, and Drew Brees are all making over $20 million. Between these 4 quarterbacks, they have the same amount of Super Bowl appearances that Roethlisberger has.
A new contract is being talked about being for 5 years and $100 million. This 5-year deal would set Roethlisberger to be 37 and to have played 15 seasons in the NFL at the end of it. Colbert isn’t worried about that because he says that Roethlisberger is “getting better with age” as a franchise quarterback.
Some people around Pittsburgh and around the NFL are saying that they shouldn’t sign him to such a long deal because Roethlisberger turns 33 next month. They have fears that Roethlisberger isn’t the same old Big Ben because he is older and slower. They are nuts!!!!!!!! He had the best season of his career in 2014 and I don’t see him slowing down anytime soon.
For all of you who say that Ben is going down hill, just take a look at his stats from 2014:
- 4,952 passing yards
- 32 touchdowns
- 408-608 (Completions-Attempts)
- 67.1 % Completion Percentage
- 9, 300-yard passing games
- 10 games with 100.0 passing rating
If those stats show that he is slowing down, then i want to see the stats of someone who is running full speed.
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Photo: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.