While full details are not yet available on the deal, Roethlisberger, the 11th pick in this year's draft, was expected to receive a signing bonus of around $8 million.
The team was anxious to get their future franchise quarterback
into camp after he had missed the first three practices of training
"One thing you can't replace are those practices," said head
coach Bill Cowher. "You're working on such a limited basis. You
come in now 15 days before the first game and we have that in
mind. Every one of these practices is important, especially for
One player happy to have Roethlisberger in camp will be
quarterback Charlie Batch.
"With only three quarterbacks in camp, it really taxes your arm,"
Batch said. "You're throwing an addition 50 to 75 passes in
practice. They were really monitoring that with us."
Roethlisberger, Steelers agree on deal
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