The Pittsburgh Steelers will be keeping their tough, hard-nosed mentality for at least the next five seasons, as their biggest offseason move was extending two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The five-year extension is worth $99 million and could go as high as $108 million.
In his 11-year career, Roethlisberger has thrown for 39,057 yards, 251 yards and 131 interceptions. He is coming off his best season, in which he threw for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He also had a career-best 103.3 quarterback rating in 2014.
This move may ease the pain from last seasons exit, losing to their division rival Baltimore Ravens in the Wildcard round. The Steelers have moved on from some familiar faces, including cornerback Ike Taylor, who is interested in working in television and may not be playing football, but has yet to make that decision. Brett Keisel and his beard will also not return to the team, along with safety Will Allen.
Pittsburgh looks to lighten the load to star running back Le’Veon Bell by signing running back DeAngelo Williams from the Carolina Panthers. Along with Williams, the Steelers signed Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year deal to compete with Markus Wheaton for the No. 2 wide receiver spot.
The heart and soul of the defense will return with a two-year deal, as James Harrison plans to retire as a Steeler. One major decision looming is whether or not to part ways with legendary safety Troy Polamalu, who the organization has remained quiet on.
In any case, the Steelers will continue to have one, if not the best, traveling fan base in football. Pittsburgh Steelers tickets will be at a premium, no matter where they are playing. Whether it’s black and yellow at Heinz Field or when you see the Terrible Towels waving at away stadiums, Hipmunk.com will get you to any NFL city around the country, offering flights to and from Pittsburgh through multiple airlines. For those looking to catch a game at Heinz, Hipmunk has affordable hotels near Heinz Field from $111 that will have you a cab ride away from the action on Sundays.
A thing to look for on the Steelers offense is how it could possibly get better between Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. Brown led the NFL in receiving yards and receptions, and was tied for second in the NFL in touchdown catches.