The quarterback was drafted by the Steelers in 2004 and is almost guaranteed to finish his career with them, but hopes to bring one more Super Bowl title to the Steel City. He turned 37 years old on March 2nd, and was coming off a four-year, $87.6 million extension that he signed in 2015. The Steelers lost Bell to the New York Jets in free agency, and traded Brown to the Oakland Raiders after he demanded to be moved. That made it even more important that the Steelers hang on to their QB, as he will team with James Conner and Ju Ju Smith-Schuster to keep the team contending in the AFC North.
Discussions between the two sides regarding a contract began at the end of the 2018 season, as the Steelers missed out on the playoffs on the final day of the regular season. This contract comes just one week after the Seattle Seahawks made Russell Wilson the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL with a four-year, $140 million contract. The Steelers didn't give their man those numbers, although, he could argue that he deserves it after two Super Bowl wins, along with plenty of other stats. Among those numbers, he ranks sixth all-time with 56,194 passing yards and seventh with 363 touchdowns. He most recently led the NFL with 5,129 passing yards this past season, and has been reliable with 216 games played. It will be up to him to keep the Steelers on the map as Super Bowl contenders.