The Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger have reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension worth $102 million, including over $36 million guaranteed.

And that agreement was, “Give me all of your money and screw Alan Faneca.”

Worth it?

PittGirl says no, but I’m sure you all will put me in my place about it.


  1. Still A. Fan
    March 3, 2008 10:48 am

    Wow. Good timing. After Anderson got $8 million a season after having one (O-N-E) mediocre season at best….we all knew this was coming. good for ben. now i just wish he’d hit the books a little harder. i dont want him competing with matt leinhart for hollywood hotties. i want more rings.

  2. Brother Anthony
    March 3, 2008 10:56 am

    I was really upset the Steelers wasted that early pick on a quarterback. “He’ll cost so much and will suck for the first four years.” And that was before I knew he was a completely awkward human being and pretty much white trash.

    Now I know he’s fug and gross, and that he’s really worth every penny on the field. He’s good. And he’s surprisingly fun to watch. You just have to tune out his post game interviews.

  3. Geeo
    March 3, 2008 10:58 am

    So refresh my memory – the Rooneys couldn’t cough up all the money for the stadium so they came hat in had to us for the rest for a taxpayer-subsidized sports palace? And now they pay this guy $100,000,000? Ain’t private enterprise grand!What’s wrong with this picture?

  4. Emily
    March 3, 2008 11:02 am

    Spending all this money on Ben and not giving him the protection on the line to stay HEALTHY and to be able to get a pass off… They need to fix this somehow. SOON.
    Not looking good! Especially with the moves the damn Browns made this weekend grrrr.

  5. Jmat
    March 3, 2008 11:13 am

    PittGirl, You really need to get your Steeler player priorities straightened out. No athlete is worth this kind of money but since it’s being dished out Ben might as well get it.
    By the way, Troysux is injured for the offseason. That signing was a waste of money up to this point. But I’ll give him another year or so to get it together.

    As for Alan Faneca, he chose to take the big bucks but he joined a lousy team. He could have taken less money and stayed with a team that wins regularly.
    Big Red did what he needed to you so I wish him luck but I think he’s nuts.

  6. Marc
    March 3, 2008 11:30 am

    It’s a ridiculous amount of money, but he played well after while getting destroyed because our o-line sucks. If we could get a good LT, decent C we’ll be fine. We need that O-line even more now with Cinci and Cleveland getting big D-line upgrades. Shaun Rodgers is scary.

  7. Mary
    March 3, 2008 11:39 am

    That is serious money … Olsen twin money.

  8. Dan (Not Onarato)
    March 3, 2008 11:48 am

    Ben has officially received “F-U money”

    I heard it was an 8 year deal worth 100 mil…6 or 8 years…its still too much

    He could have pulled a Crosby and signed for less to keep Faneca but he musta been to busy with the HAWT thesbian action…

  9. NY Luvs Pitts
    March 3, 2008 12:12 pm


  10. megan
    March 3, 2008 12:17 pm

    Not sure if I’m considered a Benion (Ben minion), but I’m glad we got him for much longer. As for Faneca, it was definitely time for him to leave, good riddance. And I agree with prior postings about the O-line, maaaaajor help needed there!

  11. david
    March 3, 2008 12:17 pm

    while i’m not a fan of brady one bit, ben should have done what he did, and taken a little less money and told the team to do what they could to retain faneca. he was the best lineman on the team, now they’re rebuilding process is just gonna get him killed again this year.

  12. chrys
    March 3, 2008 12:33 pm

    whatever.. i think all athletes make too much money. i just hope ben continues to use his personality and some of that new money of his for good.. like supporting a few worthwhile charities here in Pgh, and not for the hopes of bagging a hollywood cheepheart.

    and also, let’s all pray that there really is a clause in his new contract about “risky adventures” this should include no motorcycle, skydiving and having sex without a condom. and if ben manages to suck this season, we should all get together and throw garbage on his lawn.

  13. tw
    March 3, 2008 12:37 pm

    Not that it matters much, but both the Post-Gazette and the Tribune are reporting an eight-year deal…same money.

  14. BB
    March 3, 2008 12:45 pm

    I am glad the Steelers aren’t stupid in this case and did the right thing and locked him up long term. Some fans amaze me. Here we have the best QB since Bradshaw and fans don’t want to pay him like one? You all are too busy with your holier than thou attitudes about his private life to realize that we have a franchise QB that needs to be paid like one. As for Faneca, the guy if you all noticed, was slowing down….how many times have you all seen him get beat this past year? He got to the last two Pro Bowls on his name and reputation only. Same with Troy. Troy didn’t have a great year either. Ben rebounded and had a great first two years. 3 out of the first 4 years he brought us to the playoffs and got us a SB ring. YOu all do not think he should be paid?

  15. efw_west
    March 3, 2008 1:01 pm

    Pro football is like a train wreck, except at a faster speed. These guys are getting killed out there every week. When compared to other sports (baseball, golf), football players are underpaid given the toll placed on their bodies. Plus, aside from the signing bonus, not guaranteed money. It could be over with one hit to the knee. And the NFL is notoriously sting in paying disability claims (see case inpoint Mike Webster).

  16. SportyGal85
    March 3, 2008 1:05 pm

    Good for Benny…I guess, but who the hell is gonna protect him this season? He’ll need that money for ice packs, BenGay, and ibuprofen.

    Peyton and Tom are redoing their deals as we speak (lol).

  17. unsatisfied
    March 3, 2008 1:08 pm

    gee, I love the whole “hometown discount” idea….

    who here would take LESS money from their employer in order to give it to another worker?

    not me.

  18. Sylar
    March 3, 2008 1:17 pm

    Say what you will about his personal life (unless he starts up a dogfighting ring or impregnates a large portion of the female Yinzer population), the guy can PLAY! Forty-seven sacks and he still has the second best QB stats in the NFL? For anyone who bleeds black & gold, Ben’s worth the money.

  19. SportyGal85
    March 3, 2008 1:23 pm

    Damn, Brother Anthony! White tra..nevermind, you all know him better than I do. Efw_west does make a good point. If you think about it, as of now, he’s only getting about 18mil after taxes. None of the rest of that s**t is guaranteed.

    LOL, unsatisfied, you’re right about that hometown discount thing. Let someone try to get one of US to do that. Anyway, his ass better be on point ths season b/c studies have shown the contract year phenomenon is real (and you could argue that last year was his “contract season”)…he better not have pulled a fast one on anybody. Though sadly, with that offensive line it may not make a difference.

  20. apk
    March 3, 2008 1:26 pm

    The only number that counts in this deal is 36 million guaranteed. The rest is just ego-stroking cash that makes his agent look good and gives Ben the chance to stick his chest out and say “I’m a 100millionaire.” If Ben ever sees all 102 million bucks, I’ll be shocked. This thing will be renegotiated at least once in the next six years to open up cap space for the next big contract. It’s the circle of NFL life.

  21. JamieO
    March 3, 2008 1:36 pm

    I like Ben, and of course we live in a time when athletes get showered with the green dough.

    But man, I dunno, after PittGirl’s last post about Benny in Vegas, I hope he doesn’t have a gambling scandal in his future….But he was gambling for Jesus!

  22. Marc
    March 3, 2008 1:54 pm

    I think the whole “gross” perception is kinda ridiculous. He’s 25, rich and famous, almost any guy would do the same things as he’s doing. We all do the same things actually, maybe not as extravagent but it doesn’t get reported in the news. How many 20-?? year old guys drink, try to have sex with cute girls and blow money on stupid shit?

  23. In Sewickley
    March 3, 2008 2:32 pm

    I like Big Ben, but this gives him every excuse in the world to hurt his thumb or break an eyelash.

    NFL players are over-rated and grossly over paid.

  24. BurgherinArkansas
    March 3, 2008 2:51 pm

    I may not agree with the mooo-la that Benny is getting, but I love that he is staying put. No offense to Faneca but maybe some young blood up in the O-line would freshen things up. PG- I found a picture that almost made me hurl and gave me a bad feeling all over… http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08063/862156-66.stm click on the left side column “Ben and Tom Brady”…The devil looks like he is trying to squeeze the Jesus out of Benny.

  25. PittinDC
    March 3, 2008 3:12 pm

    Perhaps I’m not fully informed, but, I don’t think that Ben’s pay day really had much of anything to do with him. The Rooney’s used a cost-benefit analysis, decided Faneca wasn’t worth the money he wanted, so they let him go. That seems to be the way they work, for better or worse. I’m not passing judgment – we’ll see if Ben over Faneca was the better decision as it all plays out – just making an observation.

  26. back in the burgh
    March 3, 2008 3:15 pm

    Since all athletes are grossly overpaid, Benny might as well be one of them. He’s a good QB for the Steelers and I’m glad he’s staying. Would it have been nice to have Faneca, too … absolutely. But, I’d rather have a QB at this point. And yes, we do need to rebuild the line, but doesn’t it occur to anyone else that if you hold onto the ball for 15 seconds each play, you’re GOING to get hit? There are plenty of times that a sack is recorded, when Benny really could have thrown the ball to a variety of people or at least out of bounds. Just a thought.

  27. JP
    March 3, 2008 3:17 pm

    Marc, what does the mayor have to do with this?

  28. goofy
    March 3, 2008 3:44 pm

    Pro sports makes me sick. I’m so glad I don’t waste my time watching these big headed losers waste other people’s time, and our money. I watched the steelers growing up, but I just can’t bring myself to care about it anymore. Its just another business and a good way to sell beer and cars. 100 million dollars would help out alot of sick kids (and someone wouldn’t even have to shave their head.)

  29. mudbugs
    March 3, 2008 4:00 pm

    LOl @ JP

  30. Pensgirl
    March 3, 2008 4:00 pm

    I’m OK with football players making millions considering the damage they do to their health and the risks of catastrophic injury they face. The average player shortens his lifespan by about 20 years (let’s set aside the role the drugs play in that – repeatedly slamming your body into someone else of equal mass is enough). And sports/entertainment is the only field where any of the “worker bees” get paid based on the revenues that ownership generates. Wouldn’t it be nice if it worked that way in other industries, rather than CEOs making a jillion times what their average workers do? I would rather see us become more like them rather than the other way around (though, of course, that wouldn’t translate to millions per individual in other fields).

    That said, $17M per seems rather audacious (the guaranteed $6M is more like it). But the Rooneys do a good job keeping the Steelers more or less in the mix every year, so if they can afford it and still field a contending team, whatever.

    Regarding the “hometown discount”: we of the “real world” aren’t faced with things like salary caps across our industries that force such moves. If our employers had hard-capped personnel budgets and could either staff a quality department where some of the best people take a little less than they’re “worth,” or you could get your big bucks but would be surrounded by mediocrity, a lot of us would take what’s behind Door #1. Of course a lot wouldn’t, and that’s valid too. But the concept of the hometown discount isn’t so outrageous to me.

  31. Joe
    March 3, 2008 4:57 pm

    Geeo, don’t forget that the Rooneys are now trying to reach into our pockets for $4 million to build themselves a new entertainment complex on the north side, right near the empty parking garage that we also paid for, between the two stadiums that we paid for, at one end of the BIG DIG (Pgh) that we are paying for.

  32. BURGH
    March 3, 2008 5:52 pm

    Just one more reason why Pitt Girl should be baking pies during football games.

  33. CS Keys
    March 3, 2008 6:39 pm

    Goofy, you’ll drive yourself nuts if you get compare football player salaries and sick children. In the grand scheme of things, the money they make isn’t applicable to that situation.

  34. Pat
    March 3, 2008 7:02 pm

    Is it possible that everyone that thinks this is a bad idea has already forgotten about Mike Tomczak, Kordell Stewart, and Tommy Maddox?

  35. Still A. Fan
    March 3, 2008 7:16 pm

    let me try and help:

    first of all, whomever tried to say ben should have taken less and allowed faneca to be signed? are you drinking? seriously? he got 8 million a year to the tune of $40 million dollars. first of all, the rooneys would have to say they wanted him and what they were willing to pay, and then ben would have to make up the difference? ummm, thats not how it works. find me a player (peyton and brady included) who took HUGE losses to sign someone who has already peaked. can’t find one? that’s because it NEVER HAPPENED. sheeeeeesh. further more….why not blame FANECA for not taking less LIKE BETTIS DID? dont blame ben!

    second of all, if you poll the 32 team owners and GMs, after brady and manning – who do you think they would rank #3 on the current qb list? i’ll tell you – ben roethlisberger. hands down. right now – i don’t even think it’s a tough decision.

    third – and i hate to take the tone of a teacher – but that is what it’s going to take i will…..the person talking about the rooneys needing money for the stadium but then they could pay 100mil to ben…..yeah, BECAUSE OF THE STADIUM they were able to do that. the STADIUM and new concession and parking deals allowed them to do that. remember in cowher’s first 5-6 years how many free agents we lost? we couldn’t sign ANYBODY. we got the new stadium, and the revenue that comes with it…so now we can compete by giving the big signing bonuses that it takes to sign big name players. plus, they dont just toss around stupid contracts to anyone….you have to earn it. GEEZ!

    and another thing on the rooneys – do you KNOW what they do for the city? all the charitable work? all the public money that is used for these projects does not go into their pocket exclusively…..you need to spend money to bring money to the city! any new venue that comes to the burgh attracts convert tours and shows of all kinds…which bring people to the city…and then they park, then they eat, then they shop, then they stay over….. if jerry jones adds something to dallas, i’m skeptical and i wonder whats in it for him. if the rooneys bring something to pittsburgh – i truly believe it is for the good of the city. the same people that make the above complaint would have cried murder had they not got the stadium and moved the team. did you ever see what the sheraton charges for rooms on nights when there is a MNF game or late sunday game? they are directly profiting off of the steelers. look at the places to eat in the city. as goofy would say “garsh, i cant explain this any better”.

    next, down fear the browns. anybody that can give a loser like donte stallworth $10 million guaranteed to go along with his huge base is CRAZY. rogers is only good when he wants to be. why do you think the lions were trying to trade him so hard?

    its not a 6 year or 8 year deal. he had 2 years remaining and they EXTENDED it 6 years. the big bonus partially makes up for the lack of base for the 2 that were remaining.

    and dont forget, we had a very good quarterback for pennies on the dollar the last 4 years!

    movie stars get paid $25 million for 2 months of work and they have stunt doubles. do you know how much matt damon will make in the same 8 years?

    this shouldnt be about is any one player worth that money – the deal is about…in today’s NFL context….is the contract just? the answer quite simply is YES.

  36. CS Keys
    March 3, 2008 7:36 pm

    Still A. Fan is making a lot of sense here! Bravo!

  37. Steeler_tom
    March 3, 2008 8:18 pm


  38. pittgirl
    March 3, 2008 8:23 pm

    Still A Fan is swaying me.

  39. B
    March 3, 2008 8:44 pm

    Still A. Fan made some good points. Gotta agree when it gets broken down like that.

    However, B. Ro is still Fug and Gross. And will remain so until the end of time. As long as he wins, I think we can all overlook this minor glitch.

  40. Mia
    March 3, 2008 8:51 pm

    Well congrats to Ben on his new contract.

    I am happy for him but that is an insane amount of money. I just hope the Rooneys spend some money on an O Line so Benj doesn’t spend most of his season on his back again.

    Lets hope he doesn’t turn stuipd with his new fortune and his gf doesn’t end up pregnant soon!

  41. Still A Fan
    March 3, 2008 9:19 pm

    last comment and then i’ll shut the fug up….

    while it’s true the donte stallworths of the world will never see the end of their contracts or the full value….a player like tom brady, peyton manning OR ben roethlisberger WILL. when you take out the guaranteed $36 million bonus, what’s left? $64 odd million and 8 years remaining…that $8 million per year. thats a bargain in the future. ben is one of the highest paid qbs right now. 3 years from now, people who arent as good as him will be making more than him, just watch. so, if they rip up this deal with 3 years left on it – it wont be because it was too big of a deal and they need to dump it…it will be to pay him EVEN MORE when they restructure it to give him more of it in ANOTHER guaranteed bonus instead of base salary. so yeah, he might not see the end of this deal…but not for the reasons someone else stated, it will be to pay him even more once this deal is outdated. franchise QBs do not screwed by the backend of contracts. thats just someone trying to sound like they watch ESPN and know what they’re talking about.

  42. Jan
    March 3, 2008 10:09 pm

    Pitt Girl, you’ll call me a minion, but I don’t give a crap. You put it out there…so here it is. You have every right to say Ben is not worth the contract. And this is why I disagree.

    We agree that Ben has his faults. He holds onto the ball too long in the pocket – trying to make a play, I guess. He can be arrogant at times – oh yeh, he has to be in order to play the game the way he does. He parties sometimes. Oh, my god! He’s 26 and rich and he parties sometimes? Steelers fans are in a state of shock! Sure, there’s other stuff. We all know it. Once upon a time he road a motorcycle without a helmet. He paid the price. He is flawed. Agreed.

    But the question is, does he deserve the contract he signed. As a football player. As a franchise quarterback.

    The guaranteed money, which is more frequently used to ‘measure’ the size of a contract, is 36 million dollars. Manning’s signing bonus was about 34.5 mil in 2004, Brady’s guarantee was around 30 mil at about the same time. Carson Palmer’s total contract was 114 mil. And even Romo, who has never won a super bowl, got a 30 million guarantee.

    Does Ben belong in that group?

    In his first four seasons, Brady lost 15 games, P Manning lost 23 in his first four, Ben has lost 14 reg season games (2 playoff games). Manning’s 2007 passer rating is 98, Palmer’s is 86.7, Brady’s is 117 (incredible!) And Ben’s is 104.1.

    There are plenty of stats that show why he belongs in the group. Seriously, we could go on and on.

    But that kind of contract is about more than stats. It’s about trust. It’s about putting confidence in the quarterback, and trusting him to take the team to the next level. It’s about giving Ben responsibility. Ben has shown that he can be fairly successful with a mediocre offensive line. But the best O-line in the world seldom takes a team through the playoffs if the quarterback is mediocre.

    Steelers fans have complained because the Steelers won’t cough up the big bucks for franchise players. Ben is young, and that good already. The best is ahead of him.

    You commented that Ben basically said “screw you Faneca”. But it is well documented that the Steelers offered Faneca what they thought he was worth and, after an ‘off’ 2007 season they couldn’t come to an agreement, so Faneca chose to go the free agency route, which was his right to do. There is a huge difference between a 32 year old O-lineman and a 26 year old qb who has already proven his value.

    Sure, it might not work out. And if it doesn’t, the Steelers are out the guaranteed money. A small price to pay for what Ben has already given to the franchise. A perfect rookie regular season, a super bowl appearance, a pro-bowl appearance, and the apparent willingness to step up to the plate and take the responsibility. And he did it for four years on a rookie contract. It’s time to show him the trust, and put it in his hands.

    By the way, thanks for giving even us minions (ugh) the right to post on your site. Enjoy your stuff — usually.

  43. SportyGal85
    March 3, 2008 10:23 pm

    Why does EVERY thread on this guy end up becoming a 15 round cyber throwdown? Damn people, it’s not that serious. Considering that none of us have 36 mil guaranteed coming our way anytime soon, I propose that we all just lighten the hell up and get on with it. We’ve got work tomorrow.

  44. Ashley Ann
    March 3, 2008 11:30 pm

    pittgirl- you know how sometimes you see those things on myspace or facebook that say “you know your from pittsburgh if” and then they give you a bunch of things that only pittsburgh ppl would get!! you need to come up with one of those for benny minions!! especially for the ones that are confused if their minions or not!! i think it would just be funny to see what you came up w/ cuz ur pretty much hilarious!!!


    you know your a benny minion if you hate pittgirl

    you know your a benny minion if you drive around looking to get pittgirl

    you know your a benny minion if you drive around the burgh looking for benny

    and sooo on!!! anyyyyone can add one on!!! hahaha
    love ur blog pittgirl <3

  45. rose
    March 4, 2008 12:30 am

    you know you’re a benny minion if you don’t know the difference between “you’re” and “your.”

  46. Ashley Ann
    March 4, 2008 12:35 am

    you know your a b*tch if your name is rose

  47. Ashley Ann
    March 4, 2008 12:36 am

    you know YOU’RE a ***** if your name is rose

    Happy now????

  48. Ashley Ann
    March 4, 2008 12:37 am

    ahhh!! your right i just can’t spell tonight and this blog won’t let you delete or redo stuff!!!

  49. Still A Fan
    March 4, 2008 7:09 am

    too…..tempting……….to point…….out….