Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tweeted out sweet confirmation to fans Friday that, yes, he'll be back for his 14th season in Pittsburgh.
Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season. Steeler Nation will get my absolute best! — Ben.— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) April 7, 2017
And while the news isn't exactly a surprise, it does have to calm the organization, too.
As recently as a couple of weeks ago, Roethlisberger had said he was "leaning toward" coming back, andGMKevin Colbert was confident that Pittsburgh's "Killer Bs" would stay intact with wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell locked up with new contracts.
“As an organization, we have been hopeful that Ben would return this year,” coach Mike Tomlin told the team's website. “Ben and I have had many conversations, and I understood at this point in his career he is going to have to think about his long-term future. There is no question Ben wants to win championships for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and we know he will do everything possible to lead our entire team to achieving that goal.”
Roethlisberger, who turned 35 on March 2, has two years remaining on hisfive-year contract worth$99 million.
In 14 games last season, he completed 328 of509 passes for 3,819 and 29 TDs with13 interceptions. He had a 95.4 quarterback rating.
He has thrown for 46,814yards and 301 touchdowns in his NFL career and has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles (2006 and '09).