The Ben Roethlisberger period in Pittsburgh is near ending. The NFL world can now flip its consideration as to whether Big Ben’s profession is winding down, as nicely.
There is uncertainty in regards to the latter half. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday that Roethlisberger has instructed members of the group and former teammates that he expects 2021 to be his final season because the crew’s quarterback. That notion would appear apparent: Roethlisberger is within the remaining yr of his contract, he’s 39 and his play has been below-average.
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And whereas sources instructed Schefeter that that the Steelers are assuming Roethlisberger will name it a profession after the season, and whereas Roethlisberger has indicated prior to now that he would not wish to play for every other crew, one supply left a sliver of wiggle room by saying it was “extremely unlikely” the veteran would play elsewhere in 2022.
Roethlisberger can finish the drama at any time by saying he’s retiring efficient on the finish of the season. Until he does that, there shall be hypothesis about whether or not every other crew would view him as an NFL-caliber QB. It’s troublesome to make a case.
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On the plus aspect, Big Ben has been sturdy this yr regardless of his age and up to date harm historical past. He has began 10 of the Steelers’ 11 video games, along with his solely absence coming due to COVID-19. On the minus aspect, he is twenty seventh in yards per try, twenty fourth in landing charge, twenty second in completion proportion and twenty second in passer ranking among the many 34 NFL quarterbacks with 160 or extra move makes an attempt.
His 1.6 interception charge is sixth-lowest exhibits he’s at the least taking good care of the ball, but the remainder of the numbers point out that Pittsburgh is 5-5 in his begins regardless of him.
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Backup Mason Rudolph can be the primary in line to inherit the job as soon as Roethlisberger departs. Rudolph led the Steelers to a 16-16 tie towards the Lions in Week 10 when Roethlisberger needed to sit out. Rudolph is signed via 2022 and can count $4 million toward the Steelers’ salary cap, per Spotrac. Roethlisberger’s restructured contract leaves Pittsburgh with $10.3 million in lifeless cash subsequent yr.
Dwayne Haskins is the No. 3 quarterback in the mean time. He has not taken a snap this season and Steelers coaches reportedly are usually not joyful along with his work ethic.