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Old 03-02-2008, 07:02 PM   #1
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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.Roethli....2.667360.html

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Old 03-02-2008, 07:05 PM   #2
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Good. I want Ben locked up for a long time. He's our guy. :)
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:10 PM   #3
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I'll celebrate when, and only when, the signing is official.
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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.
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GIT ER DONE !!!
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almost there.
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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
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:33 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:52 PM   #10
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Congrats Ben, you are days away from being set for life!!!
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