Ben Roethlisberger Mulling Retirement

There is a chance that Pittsburgh’s 36-17 loss to New England in Sunday’s AFC title game will go down as the final contest of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s career. In an interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger was unwilling to commit to returning in 2017 for what would be his age-35 season.

Ben Roethlisberger

“I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options,” he said (via CBS Pittsburgh). “To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season.”

This isn’t the first time Roethlisberger has told Mike Tomlin he’s contemplated retirement after a season, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweets. Tomlin, though, said he’s taking this seriously but isn’t alarmed or surprised by the indecision, Bouchette relays (Twitter links).

If there isn’t a next season for Roethlisberger, it would heavily affect the Steelers and the rest of the NFL, of course. Pittsburgh has regularly been a league superpower since it drafted Roethlisberger 11th overall in 2004, having finished with no fewer than eight wins during any of his 13 seasons and gone to the playoffs nine times. Two of those postseason trips have culminated in Super Bowl victories, the latest of which came at the conclusion of the 2009 campaign.

Roethlisberger has missed a combined six games because of injuries over the past two seasons, but his production has remained strong. He’s now fresh off his fifth Pro Bowl season, in which he completed 64.4 percent of his 509 passing attempts, amassed 3,819 yards on 7.5 YPA, and tossed 29 touchdowns against 13 interceptions.

In the two games Roethlisberger sat out in 2016, the Steelers turned to backup Landry Jones, who has been a mixed bag in 15 career appearances and also isn’t guaranteed to return to the club next season. Unlike Roethlisberger, Jones is set to become a free agent. Roethlisberger has three years remaining on the contract extension he signed in 2015. He’d owe the Steelers $18.6MM if he were to walk away, according to Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap (Twitter link), which makes an early exit seem unlikely.

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25 comments on “Ben Roethlisberger Mulling Retirement

  1. tylerall5

    If he leaves, the Steelers are cellar dwellers. I doubt he will though.

    • stryk3istrukuout

      They could trade for Kirk Cousins, which might be an upgrade at this moment.

  2. dwilson10

    If he retires, I see them either going after a top free agent, trading for Garoppolo, or trading up in the draft for a top QB.

  3. Big Poison

    I think this should be a wake up call to the Steelers that they need to find his replacement. No more Landry Jones bs. Start grooming a replacement.

  4. madmanTX

    I think Ben is tired, beat-up and down about losing Sunday. I think he’ll reconsider, but it should light a fire under the Steelers to make team changes for next season, whether it be coaching staff, the playbook or in personnel.

  5. Connorsoxfan

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Brady wins and rides off into the sunset.

    • EpaMinondas

      Fanstasy is so sweet.
      If he wins all he is going to be thinking of is SIX

    • Clark

      If you really think Brady will retire you’re crazy he’s stated he wants to play for a long time and the Patriots have the core to make many more Super Bowls with him

      • Connorsoxfan

        It’s not fantasy, I’m a pats fan, and I’d love 5 more years. I’m probably crazy, I just have a funny feeling.

    • madmanTX

      Brady isn’t a classy “retire while on top”guy. He’ll stay until even New England fans are sick of his d-baggery.

  6. Bengalssuperbowlnever

    I think he just messing with us bengals fans and the rest of the division!! Yay He’s retiring!! Oh wait no I can try one more year for a Super Bowl lol not buying it!!

  7. qbass187

    Classic Rapistberger. Throws out some self serving BS to get attention. 0% chance this doofus retires.

    • frankthetank1985

      Just wondering, as a browns fan, have you ever entered a season thinking “hay, we could make the playoffs this year”? Seriously. I’m a jets fan and haven’t felt that way in a few years myself lol

      • myaccount

        Years (6 since back to back AFCCG appearances) compared to the Browns (eternity)? Don’t get cute.

  8. LGBT Raven Lover

    If he retires will Flacco be considered elite? Just in the AFC North?

    Flacco vs Dalton battle for best QB in the AFC North! Man our division has some bad QB talent after Ben lol.

    But yes, retire! Stay home and relax Ben! Also tell Antonio, LeVeon, and Shazier to retire too. Tomlin should also hang it up.

  9. 49er J

    He won’t retire. But that should be a call to the Steelers to draft a QB and get ready to move on once he calls it quit. Bell and Brown will help the next QB and that next QB should be ready in 2-3 years if Ben decides to retire. This isn’t the prettiest draft for QBs but waiting and finding one might do wonders.

    Pat Mahomes (Texas Tech)
    Davis Webb (California)
    Jerod Evans (Virginia Tech)
    Brad Kaaya (Miami)

    might be available in Round 2-3 and might be worth taking.

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