Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger not fretting new contract

Ben Roethlisberger has two years left on a contract that goes through the 2019 season, but the Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller isn’t looking to break the bank when the time comes for a new deal.
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I care about record-breaking Super Bowl wins and things like that — that’s more important to me, Roethlisberger told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler from the QB’s football camp Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger currently sits as the 12th-highest paid quarterback in annual salary at $21.85 million, per Over The Cap, well behind the likes of Kirk Cousins ($28 million per) and Matt Ryan ($30 million). While most of the offseason talk has revolved around Aaron Rodgers resetting the QB market, Big Ben isn’t worried about topping all others when it comes time for a new deal.

Le’Veon Bell sits as the most obvious candidate in need of a payday in Pittsburgh, but Big Ben pointed to his offensive linemen as where he’d invest some of his money.

I know in two years, [Maurkice] Pouncey, [Marcus] Gilbert, there are other very important guys up that I hope get taken care of, Roethlisberger said. Because if they aren’t here, I’m not here. That’s the way it is; they are that good.

With the quarterback market thrust over $30 million per year, Roethlisberger’s ensuing deal will be interesting to track over the course of the next year or so to see if Big Ben leaves any money on the table when he has the leverage to max out.

When sports betting was made legal this week, the site of a former racetrack Stan Mikita Jersey in Cherry Hill that for the past 11 years has had local approvals for an off-track betting facility was included in the law as a future site for wagers.

But whether it’ll actually get built by the site owners Penn Gaming and Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment is anyone’s guess.

A 11-year-old site plan approval for the facility that’s already been extended once runs out this month, and township officials said they haven’t heard any movement from Penn Gaming in the past year, since it was granted a one-year extension on its site plan. Township officials hadn’t even been clear on whether sports betting would be legal at that site, but Assemblyman Burzichelli, a sponsor of the sports betting bill, said this week that’s been their intention all along.

That was news to officials in Cherry Hill. They said the land on a barren 10-acre parcel next to a bustling, big-box shopping mecca and residential development on Route 70 –a major road Womens Tyson Ross Jersey connecting Philadelphia to the Shore would not qualify because the new law said it was excluding premises other than┬áthe land contained within the race course oval for wagering.