The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a five-year contract extension

By SI Wire
March 13, 2015

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a five-year contract extension, the team announced on Friday.

Roethlisberger’s deal is worth $99 million with $60.75 million guaranteed at signing, and it could escalate to $108 million, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

The 2015 season is Roethlisberger’s final year on an eight-year, $102 million contract that he signed in 2008.

In February, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team and Roethlisberger had started preliminary talks on a possible extension. 

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Roethlisberger has spent his entire 11-year NFL career in Pittsburgh. The Steelers drafted the quarterback with the No. 11 pick in 2004. 

Last season, the 33-year-old completed 67.1% of his passes and tied Drew Brees for an NFL-most 4,952 passing yards. Roethlisberger also threw 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions. 

Roethlisberger is a three-time Pro Bowler, including in 2014, and has won two Super Bowls with the Steelers. He was the 2004 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Pittsburgh finished 11-5 last season and lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the wild-card round of the playoffs. 

- Molly Geary

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