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siss
03-02-2008, 07:02 PM
:banana::cheer::tt02::cheers:

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Ben Roethlisberger has put together a terrific resume in four years as quarterback for the Steelers.

And even though he still has two years left on his current deal, KDKA's Bob Pompeani reports that the Steelers could be close to signing Big Ben to a brand new long-term deal that will make him, by far, the highest paid player in franchise history.

The new deal could be announced as soon as Monday.

Pompeani reports that sources indicate this deal will be somewhere in the neighborhood of eight to 10 years, and based on what the recent market has been for quarterbacks who just signed, guys like Marc Bulger and Tony Romo, the guaranteed part of this deal will be in excess of $30 million.

Roethlisberger has a terrific four year resume and last year proved that the previous season was an aberration. He has emerged as a top tier quarterback and will be paid accordingly.

Pompeani also reports that when he spoke with Art Rooney II and Kevin Colbert last month, they both indicated that signing Roethlisberger was their No. 1 off-season priority.

This deal will be very long, so as to help pro-rate the guarantees, which could make the total number of dollars on paper very high.

Pompeani reports that this deal is not yet signed, but it could be very close.

http://kdka.com/steelers/Ben.Roethlisberger.deal.2.667360.html

Talk about a good birthday present!:banana:

PisnNapalm
03-02-2008, 07:05 PM
Good. I want Ben locked up for a long time. He's our guy. :)

fansince'76
03-02-2008, 07:10 PM
I'll celebrate when, and only when, the signing is official.

Preacher
03-02-2008, 07:13 PM
Well...

I have been calling for a 100+million contract with about 50 mil or so in guarentees... some of it in bonuses... and about 10 years.

I guess I may have gotten my wish... only 30 mill guarenteed? Really? Wow.

Then again... We're not signed yet. There is a lot of distance between close and done.

A whole lot.

MasterOfPuppets
03-02-2008, 07:15 PM
GIT ER DONE !!! :tt02:

jjpro11
03-02-2008, 07:19 PM
almost there.

The Duke
03-02-2008, 07:20 PM
the guaranteed part of this deal will be in excess of $30 million.

those cheap Rooneys! :wink02:

Atlanta Dan
03-02-2008, 07:26 PM
Well...

I have been calling for a 100+million contract with about 50 mil or so in guarentees... some of it in bonuses... and about 10 years.

I guess I may have gotten my wish... only 30 mill guarenteed? Really? Wow.

Then again... We're not signed yet. There is a lot of distance between close and done.

A whole lot.

Faneca got somewhere between $20 - $23 million guaranteed

I doubt this is the deal

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-02-2008, 07:33 PM
Funniest thing about this is 2 years ago when Ben was having a poor season half the fanbase was saying he was done and wouldnt be the same after the motorcycle accident.

Most of those are the same that now are saying "rebuild the O line" Anthony Smith is a bust" "Willies broken leg might be the end" "Starks is gonna get $7million this year"

I heard Ben say before his draft year "I'm so competitive, I hate holding doors open for people because I wanna be the first one thru the door". Will be good to have Ben locked up long term.

19ward86
03-02-2008, 07:52 PM
Congrats Ben, you are days away from being set for life!!!

Rhee Rhee
03-02-2008, 07:53 PM
yeah... i heard 8-9 years for over 100 million...

Edman
03-02-2008, 07:57 PM
I hope this doesn't stifle the Steelers' pockets too much that they are unable to build a team around Ben.

Preacher
03-02-2008, 07:57 PM
yeah... i heard 8-9 years for over 100 million...

Anything under 10 and I will be upset. I really want him here his ENTIRE career... and I don't want to have to face contract situation when Ben is 33 or 34. I want him here until he chooses to retire... be it 32, or 39.

fansince'76
03-02-2008, 08:01 PM
I hope this doesn't stifle the Steelers' pockets too much that they are unable to build a team around Ben.

My biggest concern as well, especially during the early years of such a deal, since the Steelers don't backload their contracts as much as many other teams do. On the other hand, considering salary inflation, the deal will probably be a bargain 3-4 years down the road. Definitely a risk, but Ben is worth the risk, IMO.

Preacher
03-02-2008, 08:06 PM
My biggest concern as well, especially during the early years of such a deal, since the Steelers don't backload their contracts as much as many other teams do. On the other hand, considering salary inflation, the deal will probably be a bargain 3-4 years down the road. Definitely a risk, but Ben is worth the risk, IMO.

I think that is exactly right. Furthermore, I wouldn't be surprised if that kind of salary is laden with bonuses that are reachable for Ben.... somewhat backloaded.. but not TOO much... and also the signing bonus will probably be prorated over what... 5 or 6 years... so that if he is 31 or 32 and slowing down... we can cut him without taking a hit on the cap from his signing bonus.

RoethlisBURGHer
03-02-2008, 08:31 PM
those cheap Rooneys! :wink02:

:toofunny::toofunny::toofunny::toofunny:
:sofunny::sofunny::sofunny::sofunny:

OneForTheToe
03-02-2008, 08:50 PM
We can't have it all my friends. For years we tried the non-franchise QB route and did have some success. I like are chances better with the franchise QB.

If you want a franchise QB, you have to pay fior it. Honestly, what is the alternative?

fansince'76
03-02-2008, 08:53 PM
If you want a franchise QB, you have to pay fior it. Honestly, what is the alternative?

Getting deep into the playoffs with a strong running game and strong D, just to have the non-franchise QB screw things up.

OneForTheToe
03-02-2008, 08:56 PM
Getting deep into the playoffs with a strong running game and strong D, just to have the non-franchise QB screw things up.

Give that man a Bud ... or a Duff ... actually I prefer a Yuengling ... well whatever works for you. :cheers:

Lord Stiller
03-02-2008, 08:56 PM
best news of the offseason

and it says 8-10 year deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

delhess
03-02-2008, 09:05 PM
cheap rooney's? NO
smart rooney's? YES

i could see the f.o. drawing up a deal that would give ben 100+ via reachable incentives. i think that would be the best route. i remember another qb that was good at scambling and got a huge deal, and we all know how that turned out (bark, bark)

JPPT1974
03-02-2008, 09:07 PM
Probably in the neighborhood in-between $80-100M!

lilyoder6
03-02-2008, 09:44 PM
it would be smart to lock him up in a very long yr deal with the way the prices are increasing yr in and yr out..

FourThreeMafia
03-03-2008, 12:10 AM
Dont quite me on this, but I heard from an unconfirmed source its an 8 year, $112 mil dollar extension, $40 mil in guarantees. Should be annoumced tomorrow or Tuesday.

sanchez4
03-03-2008, 12:16 AM
I am not sure when they will announce it; however, later today Ben Roethlisberger will announce an 8 year contract - get the specifics at somekidsfromohio.com

sanchez4
03-03-2008, 12:17 AM
I am not sure when they will announce it; however, later today Ben Roethlisberger will announce an 8 year contract - get the specifics at somekidsfromohio.com

The Duke
03-03-2008, 12:18 AM
Dont quite me on this, but I heard from an unconfirmed source its an 8 year, $112 mil dollar extension, $40 mil in guarantees. Should be annoumced tomorrow or Tuesday.

:jawdrop:

is anybody paid so much in the NFL'?

CantStop85
03-03-2008, 12:28 AM
:jawdrop:

is anybody paid so much in the NFL'?

The only people who would be close would be Michael Vick who got 130 mill for 10 years (which doesn't matter anymore) and Carson Palmer who could earn up to $118.75 million over 9 years.

That contract is definitely about as high as you can get.

FourThreeMafia
03-03-2008, 12:38 AM
If the Rooneys werent so cheap, they wouldve given him a 30 year, $625 mil dollar deal.

I'm sick of our cheap owners. Im going to cheer for Washington

Preacher
03-03-2008, 12:44 AM
I was hoping for 10 at that price... but I woulda been willing to give a bit more in guaranteed money.

However, that is a good deal... IF it is... IF it... IF

IF IT IS TRUE

OneForTheToe
03-03-2008, 01:07 AM
The only people who would be close would be Michael Vick who got 130 mill for 10 years (which doesn't matter anymore) and Carson Palmer who could earn up to $118.75 million over 9 years.

That contract is definitely about as high as you can get.

That is true .... in total amount, but I do think there are a few contracts in the NFL with higher guarenteed amounts than 40 million. And even if there are not, this huge contract will not seem so huge in four years. In fact, imagine that in year 7 and 8 of this deal Ben probably won't be in the top 5 in salary even among QB's.

jjpro11
03-03-2008, 01:26 AM
Dont quite me on this, but I heard from an unconfirmed source its an 8 year, $112 mil dollar extension, $40 mil in guarantees. Should be annoumced tomorrow or Tuesday.

this is what the site somekidsfromohio.com said.. whatever the hell that site is.

8 years, $102 million, with $36 million guaranteed.

Galax Steeler
03-03-2008, 03:35 AM
Lets get him signed and get ready for the draft.

Galax Steeler
03-03-2008, 03:36 AM
Seem like alot of money but in a few years that will not be a big contract.

delhess
03-03-2008, 05:14 AM
If the Rooneys werent so cheap, they wouldve given him a 30 year, $625 mil dollar deal.

I'm sick of our cheap owners. Im going to cheer for Washington

cheap cheap cheap! damn rooneys! lol

fansince'76
03-03-2008, 07:16 AM
It may just be the cynic in me, but I'd like confirmation from a little more reputable of a source than "www.somekidsfromohio.com," thanks. :coffee:

7/39/43
03-03-2008, 07:33 AM
It may just be the cynic in me, but I'd like confirmation from a little more reputable of a source than "www.somekidsfromohio.com," thanks. :coffee:

seen something Kdka.com also
good for Ben could of got a ton more money from other teams but shows what is missing sports now days TEAM LOYALTY:cheers::cheers::cheers::cheers::tt02::tt02 ::tt02::tt02::tt02::tt02::tt02::tt02::tt02::tt02:: tt02:

fansince'76
03-03-2008, 07:41 AM
seen something Kdka.com also

Yeah, same headline as yesterday about it:

Sources: Big Ben & Steelers May Be Close To Deal

http://kdka.com/sports/Ben.Roethlisberger.deal.2.667360.html

"Close" does not equal "Done" - again, I'm waiting for confirmation that the deal is done. And when it comes to a deal of this magnitude with Joe Greene/Terry Bradshaw kind of significance to it, I'm supposed to believe that some off-the-wall website like "www.somekidsfromohio.com" breaks the story before the Post-Gazette or KDKA does? Riiight.

GutterflowerSteel
03-03-2008, 07:41 AM
It's on Foxsports.com reported by Jay Glazer

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7866918/Steelers,-Big-Ben-reach-deal-on-extension

HometownGal
03-03-2008, 07:54 AM
It's on Foxsports.com reported by Jay Glazer

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7866918/Steelers,-Big-Ben-reach-deal-on-extension

Thanks for the link, but still no definitive confirmation on the details of a contract. I'm sure they'll show up somewhere on the net today. :smile:

Steel_Bus_24
03-03-2008, 08:11 AM
I really don't know a lot about the CAP, so how would guys rate that 8 year 100 mil deal????

Good, Bad, just ok??

randy06
03-03-2008, 08:23 AM
lol its good for ben he is one of the highest paid players and its the largest contract in steelers history

83-Steelers-43
03-03-2008, 08:33 AM
Close.

nicesteel4life
03-03-2008, 08:34 AM
ESPN has it on there website as well now!

also looks like there looking at a Free Agent from the Vikings

TackleMeBen
03-03-2008, 08:49 AM
man, now i will have to change my banner..lol.:sofunny:

good for him, he deserved it.

36 mill in guareented money .. you are the man!!!

OneForTheToe
03-03-2008, 11:15 AM
I really don't know a lot about the CAP, so how would guys rate that 8 year 100 mil deal????

Good, Bad, just ok??

The Cap effect will depend on how it is written. If we were the Skins then I would say it was written so that the cap value is backloaded to the out years and Ben's contract and this contract would have a relatively smaller impact on the cap over the next few years. However, that type of fiscal planning kills your team when those contracts hit those huge cap numbers in those out seasons and the Rooneys are smarter and more diciplined than that.We will have to wait and see,but I would guess there is a little bit of back loading to open up some cap space, but just a small amount.

Preacher
03-03-2008, 03:06 PM
Well...

I guess we can close this thread now!!

:sofunny: