The Pittsburgh Steelers broke the bank - something they don't normally do with player contracts - signing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger today to a $102 million deal that spans eight years. The thrifty franchise, notorious for letting big-name players leave as free agents and reloading through the draft, guaranteed its biggest name $36 million, reports ESPN. Big Ben turned 26 Sunday.
Roethlisberger made the Pro Bowl last season after a tumultuous 2006 in which he was hampered by an appendectomy and injuries from an off-season motorcycle accident. "This is about being a Pittsburgh Steeler for as long as I can be. I love Pittsburgh," said the youngest Super-Bowl-winning QB in history. The Steelers have made the postseason in three of his four seasons.