It looks like Ben Roethlisberger will finish his career in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers on Wednesday announced they have signed their franchise quarterback to a three-year contract extension.
Financial details were not disclosed, but NFL Media reports Roethlisberger signed a two-year extension worth $63 million, which is the base value on his two new years.
The team had reportedly hoped to get the deal done before the NFL Draft kicked off, and achieved that goal.
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— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 24, 2019
“I am pleased to announce Ben Roethlisberger has been signed to a new three-year contract,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a release. “Ben is one of the most productive quarterbacks in NFL history, and he continued to climb the lists among the all-time passing leaders in the league last season.
“But I know Ben’s focus is on only one goal — to bring another Lombardi trophy back to Pittsburgh. We are excited to finalize this new contract that will keep him as a Steeler through the 2021 season.”
Despite the drama that clouded the team’s 2018 campaign, Roethlisberger eclipsed the 5,000-yard passing mark for the first time in his career. He led the league in passing yards (5,129) and attempts (675) while throwing for 34 touchdowns and rushing for three more.
“I am grateful to the Rooneys and the Steelers organization for continuing to believe in me,” Roethlisberger said. “It has always been a goal to play my entire career in Pittsburgh. This is home for me and my family, and we love this city. I am as excited to be a Steeler in year 16 as I was when they drafted me. They will get my absolute best.”
Roethlisberger, 37, was selected 11th overall by Pittsburgh in the 2004 draft. The six-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion ranks sixth all-time in passing (56,194 yards) and seventh in touchdowns (363).
The Steelers will look to improve on their 9-6-1 record in 2018 that left them second to the Ravens in the AFC North and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
With 10 picks in the upcoming draft, including one in the first round Thursday, the team will look to reload following the departures of wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell.