Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was set to become a free agent in 2016, but the Steelers have given him a new contract that will keep him around for five more years.
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Roethlisberger had one of the best seasons of his career with a career-high 4,952 passing yards, 32 touchdown passes and nine interceptions for a 103.3 passer rating.
The Steelers offense performed at its best in years with a quality supporting cast in running back Le’Veon Bell, wide receivers Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant and tight end Heath Miller.
The offensive line also performed much better than it had in recent seasons as the Steelers won the AFC North with an 11-5 record.
The 33-year-old quarterback played out nearly his entire eight-year contract extension that he signed in 2008.
NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport announced Roethlisberger’s new contract on Twitter.
It’s a 5-year deal for the #Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2015