Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to two-year extension through 2021

Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger
Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger has agreed to an extension with the team that drafted him back in 2004. Roethlisberger, who led the NFL in passing yards in 2018, is now signed through the 2021 season. (Aaron Josefczyk/UPI photo)

PITTSBURGH (UPI) — The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2021.

The team announced the deal Wednesday. Roethlisberger had one more year left on his contract from 2015.

“Ben is one of the most productive quarterbacks in NFL history, and he continued to climb the lists among the all-time passing leaders in the league last season,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement.

“But I know Ben’s focus is on only one goal — to bring another Lombardi trophy back to Pittsburgh. We are excited to finalize this new contract that will keep him as a Steeler through the 2021 season.”

Roethlisberger led the NFL in passing yards in the 2018 season, throwing for 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns.

Since being drafted in the first round by the Steelers in 2004, he has led the team to two Super Bowl wins, playing in a third title game. The team has never had a losing season with him at quarterback.

“I am grateful to the Rooneys and the Steelers organization for continuing to believe in me,” Roethlisberger said.

“It has always been a goal to play my entire career in Pittsburgh. This is home for me and my family, and we love this city. I am as excited to be a Steeler in year 16 as I was when they drafted me. They will get my absolute best.”

Reporting by Matt Loede

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