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Details on Ben Roethlisberger’s new deal revealed

Pro Football Rumors logo Pro Football Rumors 3/4/2021 Andrew Ortenberg, Pro Football Rumors
a football player on a field: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) jogs off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium.  © Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) jogs off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. 

We heard earlier Thursday that Ben Roethlisberger had come to an agreement with the Steelers, and now we have the details on the restructure.

Roethlisberger reduced his compensation from $19M to $14M for this season, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). He then spread the cash payment out into future seasons, saving the team about $15M in cap space for this season in total. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network then tweeted the full breakdown. He’s getting a $12.925M signing bonus, and a $1.075M base salary for 2021.

As expected, the new pact has four voidable years that will void after this season, so it technically now runs through 2025 for cap purposes. The Steelers were in a bad cap spot, so they desperately needed this move to have any flexibility this offseason.

There had been a lot of discussion about whether it would simply be a restructure, or if Roethlisberger would take a drastic pay-cut, and in the end it wound up somewhere in between. After a whole lot of drama, the issues is officially put to rest, and Big Ben will be Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback for one more ride.

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