Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Roethlisberger's New Payments Detailed

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Roethlisberger's New Payments Detailed

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Ben Roethlisberger will take home more than $35 million in bonuses and salaries this year as part of the five-year, $99 million contract he signed Friday, according to figures obtained today.

The Steelers gave their quarterback a $31 million signing bonus plus a salary and roster bonus of $4.25 million in 2015, all payable this year.

In addition, Roethlisberger will earn annual salaries/roster bonuses of $17.75 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017, $17 million in 2018 and $17 million in 2019.

That means he will earn more than half of the contract total, $53 million, over the next two seasons.

Besides the $99 million base, he can earn additional pay of $9 million for the combined seasons of 2018 and 2019. To do so, he must reach certain team and individual incentives in the first three years of the contract, which could bring the total to $108 million over the life of the five-year contract.

- Ed Bouchette,The Pittsburgh Press

MORE NFL: VIKINGS RELEASE JENNINGS

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings released wide receiver Greg Jennings, who would have counted $11 million against their salary cap this season.

The move was made Saturday, roughly 18 hours after Minnesota's trade for wide receiver Mike Wallace was finalized with Miami. Over two years with the Vikings, Jennings totaled 1,546 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving. He led them last season with 742 yards and six touchdowns.

BENGALS BRING BACK DE JOHNSON

CINCINNATI - The Bengals agreed to a four-deal deal with defensive end Michael Johnson on Sunday, bringing back a player who was a key part of their defense.

Johnson left as a free agent and played last season with Tampa Bay, which released him last week.

NCAA: PENN STATE'S SEASON ENDS

The Penn State men's basketball team's season is over.

The Nittany Lions did not receive a bid to the National Invitation Tournament, and they will not compete in the College Basketball Invitational.

"Wrapping up at 18-16, #PSUMBB has the fifth winning season since 2000 after not falling below .500 all year," the program tweeted Sunday night.

Penn State finished the season with an 18-16 record and went 4- 14 and finished 13th in the Big Ten.

Penn State's D.J. Newbill was named to the Big Ten all- tournament team Sunday. Newbill averaged 21.0 points per game in three games for the Nittany Lions.

COACHES FIRED

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama has fired men's basketball coach Anthony Grant, who led the Crimson Tide to just one NCAA Tournament berth in six seasons amid growing discontent among fans.

Alabama finished 18-14 and struggled to an 8-10 record in SEC games.

Also, the Charlotte 49ers have announced they've mutually agreed to part ways with men's basketball coach Alan Major following a 14- 18 season.

Charlotte was 75-81 in five years under Major and never reached the NCAA Tournament. …

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