The Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger have agreed to restructure his contract, officializing his return for the 2021 season, the Steelers announced via Twitter Thursday afternoon.
Ben Roethlisberger Contract Restructured With Steelers
Roethlisberger, who turned 39 on Tuesday, was slated to make $19 million this season for the final year of his contract. According to Adam Schefter, that total has been reduced to $14 million and spread to 2022, which will lower the Steelers’ cap hit by $15 million.
Roethlisberger commented on the deal, saying it’s his “greatest honor to be a Pittsburgh Steeler.”
“I am grateful to be at this stage of my career and more than happy to adjust my contract in a way that best helps the team to address other players who are so vital to our success,” Roethlisberger said. “I love this game and love to compete, and I believe in this team and my ability to deliver when called upon. It all starts with great preparation and I am ready to go.”
Roethlisberger is the Steelers’ all-time leader in wins, touchdown passes and passing yards. He will enter his 18th season with the team in 2021.
This boost in available money is crucial for a Steelers team who has plenty of gaps to fill in the offseason. Whether it be signing James Conner’s replacement or resigning JuJu Smith-Schuster, many key moves will be made in the coming months.