The way the Pittsburgh Steelers structure their contracts often leads to deferred signing bonuses to players, and on April 1st those signing bonuses come due. What does this mean? It means Ben Roethlisberger is now $5 million dollars richer since the calendar flipped to April.
This from Field Yates of ESPN:
Players with deferred signing bonus payments due by today:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 1, 2020
▪️Russell Wilson: $35M
▪️Bobby Wagner: $8M
▪️Shaq Thompson: $8M
▪️Ben Roethlisberger: $5M
▪️Gerald McCoy: $2M (from Carolina)
▪️Eric Reid: $1.5M (from Carolina)
Roethlisberger has restructured his contract to help free up needed salary cap space for the Steelers this offseason, but he still remains to be the lone contract which is severely weighing down the team as it maneuvers throughout the 2020 offseason.
Finances are certainly an issue, but on-field performance is something different altogether. Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired elbow leaves the Steelers facing a giant question mark on their roster heading into the new year.
Can Roethlisberger return and remain healthy?
Will he be able to make all the throws as he once did after surgery?
It is easy to guess on just how these will play out, but no one knows how Roethlisberger’s elbow will respond once it is put through the rigors of training camp, the preseason and a full regular season.
Roethlisberger’s price tag is high, but if he is able to return and perform at a high level the price won’t matter...because winning is all that matters. If/when a healthy Roethlisberger joins with the team’s up-and-coming elite defense the Steelers have the look of a contender.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft and the uncertainty of the offseason.