Ben Roethlisberger among 6 starters qualified for contract extensions in Steelers offseason
The Steelers have 14 players who are because of hit unrestricted free agency in the spring, four more limited free agents and nine players who are exclusive-rights free agents. But when it comes to the greatest news in regards to contracts with the Steelers over the offseason, it may almost certain originate from the individuals who are booked tobecome unrestricted free agents in 2020.
The Steelers like to lock up their starters to contract extensions a year prior to they are to hit the market. What’s more, after a relatively light 2018 in such manner (Ramon Foster, Vince Williams and Chris Boswell were the headliners in that category; the latter two got expansions in August), there are some big names who are entering the final season of their agreements in 2019.
Begin with the greatest – Ben Roethlisberger, who has gone on record recently that he intends to continue playing.
Ironically, the manner in which he communicated that after Sunday’s season-ending game was to state, “If No. 53 is coming back, I’m coming back.” No. 53 is center Maurkice Pouncey, who likewise is entering the final year of his agreement.
Other players of note are cornerback Joe Haden, safety Sean Davis, defensive lineman Javon Hargrave, inside linebacker Jon Bostic and slot receiver Eli Rogers.
The agreements of Roethlisberger ($23.2 million), Haden ($11.9 million) and Pouncey ($10.55 million) have the three highest cap hits the Steelers carried this season. Those three, Davis and Hargarve are starters.
For Haden, his turn at a possible extension comes only 16 months after he arrived in Pittsburgh; he marked a three-year, $27 million contract a day after the Browns discharged him in August 2017.
“Oh man, it is what it is,” Haden said when asked about an extension. “I’m really happy with the Steelers, I really like being here. And we will figure that out when the time comes.”