Steelers Would Like To Get New Deal Done With Roethlisberger Soon

The Pittsburgh Steelers decided not to extend the contract of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last offseason and now that 2014 was a career year for him, his price tag has more than likely deservedly increased. That, however, doesn’t seem to bother team president Art Rooney II, who talked with the Pittsburgh media Wednesday about the possibility of getting an extension done with the quarterback between now and the start of the 2015 season.

“I will take that problem,” said Rooney, according to Bob Labriola of “I’m happy to have a player who had a great year. I would rather have that situation than the reverse. I’m not complaining about it. It is what it is. We will just have to deal with the circumstances as they present themselves in this offseason.”

In past contractual dealings with Roethlisberger the Steelers extended him in the spring and with two years left on the deal that was currently in place. While the team would undoubtedly like to have Roethlisberger’s newest extension put to bed prior to the start of the new league year in March, Rooney refused to put any sort of a timeframe on when the two sides would come to an agreement during his talk Wednesday.

“Obviously we would like to get it done this offseason, and I think it’s fair to say the sooner the better,” said Rooney, according to Labrialo’s report, “but I’m not going to put any particular time frame on these things. It’s kind of hard to predict how long it takes to get something done, but we certainly want to get something done this offseason. That’s for sure. It takes two to tango when it comes to contract negotiations. I’m not expecting a problem, but again, I hate to put predictions on those kinds of things.”

Roethlisberger’s new extension could ultimately come with an average yearly value of new money greater than that of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who’s latest deal averages $22 million a season. Rodgers deal included $54 million guaranteed of which $35 million was a signing bonus. In addition to that, $3.5 million of the total deal is tied to offseason workout bonuses and another $3.6 million tied to per game day active bonuses.

Roethlisberger is currently scheduled to earn a base salary of $11.6 million in 2015 and due to his previous contract restructures, $6.795 million of his $18.395 million scheduled cap charge for 2015 will stay on the books this upcoming year regardless of how the new extension is structured.

The biggest obstacle when it comes to a new extension for Roethlisberger will be the guaranteed money portion. Remember, signing bonuses can only be amortized on the books for a maximum of five years, so giving him a $30 million to sign a four-year extension, for example, would mean that Roethlisberger’s 2015 cap charge will start at $12.795 million with whatever his new base salary for 2015 being tacked on top of that.

Ideally, the Steelers should consider paying Roethlisberger a guaranteed base salary in 2015 of around $5.6 million. In doing that it would elevate his 2015 cap charge to right at where it was scheduled to be in 2015 prior to the extension based on a $30 million signing bonus in the example above. The other guaranteed money could come in the form of second and third year roster bonuses guaranteed for skill and injury. That’s how Rodgers contract was structured.

In case you’re curious, the deal that Roethlisberger signed back in 2008 was considered an eight-year, $102 million contract that included $33.2 million in guarantees of which $25.2 million was a signing bonus.

I am very confident that a new deal will get done with Roethlisberger and hopefully it will happen prior to the start of the new league year.

  • Ben Saluri

    Good thing, the salary cap is going up again.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m confident too! Not worried one bit! And I still think we owe him for tripping up that Colt after Jerome’s fumble! That play alone is worth $100mil!

  • Brian Tollini

    Glad our problem is paying for a QB as opposed to searching for one.

  • Geoff Souser

    I’d chip in for that one!

  • John Volpe

    I second that

  • Jason

    A thousand likes for this. Look no further than Cleveland for an example of what happens when a team can’t find a franchise Qb. Maybe we’ll get lucky and fall into a Manning-Luck situation but I’ll just appreciate Ben while he’s here and cross my fingers we’re fortunate with his replacement.

  • Matt Manzo

    Who’s comin down the pipe line in the next few years? I thought Hackenberg, but now I’m not so sure?
    I’m finding myself paying more attention to the opposing QBs when I’m watching OLB film!

  • Brian Tollini

    It is a position I don’t pay attention to when I follow the draft. Sadly, we will eventually need to find Ben’s replacement and I will realize I don’t know how to evaluate a QB….at all.

  • cencalsteeler

    “I will take that problem” -ARII <<<< instant classic!!!

  • Brian Tollini

    I’m thinkin’ Bettis might be willing to throw a $20 in too

  • Matt Manzo

    Me too! But if any of them can break 6 tackles and throw a TD while falling down, I’ll take that one!

  • Brian Tollini

    I think you may have a future in scouting.

  • francesco

    Aren’t you lucky it’s not your money going out the window…I would rather get a quarterback on the cheap and be primarily a game manager than pay for a non motivated slow quarterback 22mill/year

  • Brian Tollini

    Non-motivated slow QB? I can only assume you are a Ravens fan or haven’t quite grasped this crazy game they call football.

  • Douglas Andrews

    100 million was worth sending JB out the right way as a SB Champ!

  • Twentyfour Erenberg

    It always amazes me that people want to run a top 5 QB in the league who has taken the team to 3 superbowls out of town. Obviously none of these people were fans of the team when we had Malone, Blackledge, Brister, Campbell(Scott), Jim Miller, Stewart, O’donnell, Tomczak, Maddox , etc. UNREAL!

  • Julius aka Julius

    And nix nelson stoudt hanratty gilliam woodley. After Terry we had nothing till Ben.

  • NinjaMountie

    ahhh…O’Donnell you Cowboy loving twerp. Stewart, so much flash and so little substance. Brister, the bane of all Steeler fans. Maddox..thanks for warming up the car. Tomczak, what can you say…he was likable.

  • ApexSteel

    How are you this dense?

  • NinjaMountie

    I’m starting to favor some of the smaller FBS schools for QBs. I’m curious to see how guys like Derek Carr turn out. He threw for 50 Tds and only 8 ints his last year at Fresno St. He came in this year and threw for 21 Tds and 12 ints with a 58% completion rate; not bad at all for a rookie on a terrible team. I’m keeping my eyes on smaller school guys in his mold. I’m watching guys like Shane Darden from ECU and Garrett Grayson from CSU. Both of these are later round guys with some potential.

  • steelmann58

    Steelers next qb is in hs now

  • Matt Manzo

    Louisvilles QB seems to be handling the takeover from Bridgewater?

  • Rod Hedrick

    I still curse thinking what if they drafted Marino.. Those 80’s teams could have been a power house, but no we had Malone and Stoudt

  • cp72

    Yep it better go up to 142-143 million or we aren’t gonna be able to sign anyone of significance in free agency.

    Dave is there any major downside of going five years instead of four to spread out the signing bonus? If you go 30 million over 5 years the 12.795 million drops to 6 million per season. At a 5.6 million base his 2015 cap number would be 11.6 million. That would save nearly 7 million this year. Sure there are some ramifications, but clearing 7 million would be nice.

  • NW86

    I realize that Ben will be joining the $20M/yr club, but I don’t think he will top Rodgers. Ben is great but he’s not better than Rodgers, or younger. If that’s what his agent holds out for, I’d leave a $20.5M deal on the table and let them think about that all summer.

  • NW86

    No, you’re not. Dave explained it pretty well above, but here goes:
    6.795M is already there.
    30M/5yrs = 6M more in proration (a 4 year extension on top of the year he still has left is already the max 5 yrs of proration).
    6.795M + 6M = 12.795M

  • Pete Johnson

    Gonna need a minimum of 5/120m in real money to get it done. Probably 70m guaranteed. So in the end 6/145 or so with that last year being completely non guaranteed. Unless we restructure him 3 more times and end up in situation we are now.

    And I don’t suspect any “discounts” are on the table after Ben’s comments and the failure to get a deal done last year. When it would have been WAY cheaper.

    Steelers have no leverage right now, none. They had some last year but after 14 Ben is going to be able to squeeze every last penny out of them. Declining, injury prone QB he said? I’ll show you. And he did. And it is gonna cost us.