Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has two years remaining on his current contract with the team.
Roethlisberger, who is severely underpaid based on the market value, has played out seven years of his current $100 million deal and is hoping to see a new contract in the near future that would result in a nice pay raise.
However, the Steelers have said that they will not begin contract negotiations until the end of the season.
Roethlisberger is making just north of $12 million in 2014 and is scheduled to make $11.6 million next season, and he understands that he is giving the Steelers a hometown discount.
“Playing this year at my current salary, it’s kind of taking a hometown discount,” Roethlisberger said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’ve played seven years on my current contract, which is the most of any [NFL] player or any quarterback. . . . It is kind of taking a discount compared to maybe where it could be compared to other quarterbacks.”
“Usually the Steelers do a quarterback deal with two years to go, which would be this year. . . . It’s kind of a unique thing.
Roethlisberger could certainly be making $20 million per year, so it will be interesting to see what his next contract will give to the two-time Super Bowl champion.
There is no doubt that Roethlisberger wants to remain a member of the PIttsburgh Steelers for the remainder of his career, but they will need to open up the checkbook and give him a salary that better reflects what he means and has done for the team.