While the future on Ben Roethlisberger is still unclear, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ president Art Rooney II still has confidence in him.
There is a very real possibility the ‘Big Ben’ plays another year in the NFL, with none other than the Steelers. Here’s what Art Rooney II said about Ben’s future:
Roethlisberger’s arm is “almost as strong as ever” claims Art Rooney II.
While there may be doubts if Ben Roethlisberger plays another year with the Steelers, the future seems clear for the Steelers’ president.
#Steelers President Art Rooney on Big Ben: "His arm, I would say, is as strong or almost as strong as ever, so I think he's certainly capable of getting the job done.” More on Ben Roethlisberger, as well as some vaccination news: https://t.co/KU6C9H1qkk
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2021
At 38 years old, Roethlisberger could play another year in the NFL.
Will ‘Big Ben’ finally retire?
It’s no secret he is growing old, and along with that comes his lack of mobility. Even though he did throw 33 passing touchdowns and completed 65.6% of his passes last season, his health is a major problem.
His age will be a problem in terms of health, but even worse is the fact that the Steelers’ offensive line is crumbling apart. Long-time Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey recently retired, and tackle Alejandro Villanueva is also a free agent.
Ben Roethlisberger could be released by Steelers
The veteran quarterback will carry a massive cap hit of more than $40 million if he does play another year in the NFL. This might not be ideal as the Steelers heading into free agency.
The organization will be looking into resigning receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster or moving on to someone new such as Allen Robinson who is looking for a major contract.
While the future remains clear, the Steelers are playing in a highly competitive division, with rival quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow all ready to compete for a long time. As a result, letting ‘Big Ben’ go might not be the best idea for the Steelers if they want to stay competitive in the short-run.