The Pittsburgh Steelers won't be getting Ben Roethlisberger on the cheap with his new contract, but they're not breaking the bank either.
The face value of Roethlisberger's new contract is $99 million, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. However, his contract is structured similarly to guys like Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick in that it will increase in annual value if certain incentives are met.
In Roethlisberger's case, his deal is worth up to $108 million over five years, though the terms of how he can reach that max value are not yet clear. The face value makes him the fifth highest paid quarterback in the league, and he could end up having the second-highest average behind only Aaron Rodgers if he reaches all the escalators.
Dalton's contract is worth $96 million over six years, but can escalate to $115 million over six years if certain incentives like winning a playoff game are meant. He would have had to win a Super Bowl this past season to reach that max value. It's unlikely an accomplished QB like Roethlisberger would need to win a Super Bowl next year to reach that maximum value, but it's possible.
It's still crazy to think that had Dalton won a Super Bowl this past season, he'd be making $19.16 million annually for the rest of his deal, which is about what Roethlisberger will be making ($19.8 million) if he doesn't reach the incentives needed to boost his annual salary.