Re: Will Roethlisberger be cashing in early?
This will an interesting one to watch, for sure.
Bens perfomance, and therefore his value to the team was on a pretty steep upward trend after his impresive 1st year and the SB win the 2nd year.
That came to an abrupt halt last year, where injuries and general team performance led to a pretty sharp drop off in production.
It remains to be seen how much Ben has been affected in permanent terms by what happened to him last year - or if the upward trend from 2004 and 2005 can be re-continued this year.
It would have certainly be very complicated to assess his true worth if the renegotiation had been due this offseason rather than next.
At this point Ben is a a top10 QB - if he can get back to his previous performance levels he solidify his position in the top5 and will probably be paid accordingly.
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