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Steelers Agree on New Five-Year Contract with Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have taken measures to make sure quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will spend his entire career with the club as the two sides have agreed on a new five-year contract.

Big Ben had going into the final year of his eight-year contract he signed back in 2008.

Roethlisberger was drafted 11th overall back in 2004 and since then, he's been among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He's taken the Steelers to three Super Bowls, winning two of them during his career in the Steel City.

In 2014, Roethlisberger arguably had the best season his career at 32-years-old. He threw for a career-high 4,952 yards, completed a career-high 67.1 percent of his passes, and also threw 32 touchdowns to just nine interceptions.

On Friday, the Steelers also announced they agreed on a contract with free agent running back DeAngelo Williams. Williams had spent the previous nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers.

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Carolina Panthers Cut DeAngelo Williams

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- DeAngelo Williams says he will no longer be a member of the Carolina Panthers.

Williams, the all-time leading rusher in franchise history, told WBTV in an exclusive interview that general manager David Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera informed he he will not return next season.

"We sat down, and he told me, 'The fact of the matter is we're going to have to release you,' " Williams stated in the interview. "I said, you know, 'Why?' and he said, 'Because we don't run the ball enough. Just like you said back before the season started, we don't run the ball enough to keep you and Jonathan Stewart both, so we're going to release you."

Fellow running back Jonathan Stewart began to get majority of touches towards the end of last season. Over the last seven games, Stewart ran for 679 yards, where as in six games last season, Williams ran for just 219 yards.

In nine seasons, Williams 32, has rushed for 6,846 yards and 77 touchdowns.

The Panthers released a statement that Williams has not officially been released.

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Panthers Stifle 49ers 10-9

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The Carolina Panthers limited the San Francisco 49ers to 151 total yards helping them squeak by the 49ers 10-9 Sunday.

Drayton Florence intercepted Colin Kaepernick's pass with less than a minute to play to seal the Panthers (6-3) fifth-straight victory.

"This game is a maturity jump for us, because in the past what I've been a part of, we've been somewhat uncertain of how we will turn out in these types of games," Cam Newton said. "We needed that type of game, just to be in a dog fight, in somewhat of a barnburner, to show what type of team this really is."

The Carolina defense made it hard on Kaepernick all day, sacking the young quarterback six times.

The Carolina offense didn't have to do much. DeAngelo Williams rushed for a 27-yard touchdown, and Graham Gano kicked a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers the lead for good.

Cam Newton completed 16-of-32 passes for 162 yards and an interception in the win.

San Francisco (6-3) had their five-game winning streak snapped by the loss.

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Panthers Place Jonathan Stewart on PUP List

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE N.C.) --  The Carolina Panthers have placed running back Jonathan Stewart on the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday after meeting with team doctors about his injured right ankle.

Stewart will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. He signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract extension with the Panthers last year, but ankle injuries caused him to finish with just 333 rushing yards and one touchdown.

He underwent offseason surgery to repair the damage in both of his ankles, but his right ankle continued to bother him during training camp.

"I can spend all my energy being disappointed, or I can spend all my energy preparing myself for Week [7],'' Stewart said.

DeAngelo Williams will be the starting running back for the Panthers to begin the 2013 season.

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Panthers Shock Falcons, 30-20

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) --  Cam Newton passed for 287 yards and had three total touchdowns to lead the Carolina Panthers to a 30-20 upset of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

He also ran for a 72-yard touchdown in the third quarter en route to a career-high 116 rushing yards.

The Panthers (4-9), despite playing without four starters and have 13 players on injured reserve, took a 16-point lead into halftime and never looked back.

DeAngelo Williams played well in place of the injured Jonathan Stewart, rushing 17 times for 56 yards while also scoring on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Newton.

This game was viewed as payback for the Panthers, who lost 30-28 to Atlanta earlier this season at the Georgia Dome.

Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards, two touchdowns, and one costly interception for Atlanta.

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