Steelers' Roethlisberger to earn $35 million in 2015; $53 million in first two years of deal
March 16, 2015 8:53 AM
Ben Roethlisberger speaks Friday after signing a new five-year contract with the Steelers.
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ben Roethlisberger will take home more than $35 million in bonuses and salaries this year as part of the five-year, $99 million contract he signed Friday, according to figures obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Steelers gave Roethlisberger a $31 million signing bonus plus a salary and roster bonus of $4.25 million, all payable this year.
In addition, Roethlisberger, 33, will earn annual salaries/roster bonuses of $17.75 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017, $17 million in 2018 and $17 million in 2019.
That means he will earn more than half of the contract total, $53 million, over the next two seasons.
Besides the $99 million base, he can earn additional pay of $9 million for the combined seasons of 2018 and 2019. To do so, he must reach certain team and individual incentives in the first three years of the contract, which could bring the total to $108 million over the life of the five-year contract.
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