Roeth­lis­berger deal ex­ten­sion com­ing by March

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Sports - BY CHRIS ADAMSKI (Greensburg) Tri­bune-Re­view

What widely was ex­pected to hap­pen over this off­sea­son re­port­edly is go­ing to get done be­fore March 13, ac­cord­ing to ESPN.

The Pitts­burgh Steel­ers are “ex­pected to re­struc­ture and ex­tend” the con­tract of 36-year-old Ben Roeth­lis­berger be­fore the 2019 league year be­gins, Adam Schefter wrote Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.

This sea­son’s NFL pass­ing leader, Roeth­lis­berger is en­ter­ing the fi­nal year of his con­tract and cer­tainly would have been given a mul­ti­year ex­ten­sion by the team this year, as­sum­ing Roeth­lis­berger didn’t want to re­tire.

The most re­cent con­tract Roeth­lis­berger signed was a four-year, $87 mil­lion ex­ten­sion signed in March 2015. As it stands, Roeth­lis­berger is set to earn $17 mil­lion in salary and ros­ter bonus in 2019 with a salary-cap charge of $23.2 mil­lion.

Three of Roeth­lis­berger’s pre­vi­ous four con­tract ex­ten­sions were signed in March.

Schefter is fram­ing the ex­ten­sion as a method for the Steel­ers to free up 2019 cap space if and when they chose to trade dis­grun­tled star re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown, who would leave them with $21 mil­lion in “dead money” this sea­son if he were dealt.

Five start­ing quar­ter­backs agreed to deals in 2018: Matt Ryan (five years, $150 mil­lion), Jimmy Garop­polo (five years, $137.5 mil­lion), Aaron Rodgers (four years, $134 mil­lion), Alex Smith (four years, $94 mil­lion) and Kirk Cousins (three years, $84 mil­lion).

Roeth­lis­berger turns 37 in March and is en­ter­ing his 16th sea­son.

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