Published: Thu, January 26, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

Ben Roethlisberger leaves door open for retirement

Even if Ben comes back next year, the Steelers may be wise to pick up a quarterback now so he can learn from Ben and ensure a smooth transition, like Brett Favre giving way to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. He continued to say that he was not making any declarations but at the same time he has not committed to playing in 2017, according to ESPN. The most significant component of what it is that we do.

Less than two years after signing that five-year deal, Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan that he might not be back next season. "I really wanted to do it for him, but we'll evaluate".

The 34-year-old Roethlisberger has battled injuries throughout his career.

The hosts were admittedly flabbergasted. Injuries are always a key thing. "I'm not by any means saying that I'm not coming back or anything like that".

"I'm just saying at this point in my career, I think it's evaluate and just make sure".

"You want to be able to leave this game walking out of it, and in a healthy spot". You don't want to be quote unquote carted out.

During his season-ending press conference on Tuesday, which was held just hours after Roethlisberger made his retirement comments, Tomlin said he wasn't "alarmed" by Big Ben's remarks, but he also added that the team would be ready for whatever decision Roethlisberger made.

What about the money?

He will be due $19 million next season, and that is about $19 million reasons of good incentive.

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Based on that contract breakdown, Roethlisberger would be leaving upwards of $46 million on the table should he retire. He is scheduled to make $18.2 million next season.

That's a lot of praying, Ben.

The more important question is, can the Steelers? Finally, Cowher won the AFC North title eight times in 15 years; Tomlin has won it six times in 10 years. It was a loss the Steelers may not of seen coming.

Or, gulp, could Tony Romo be an option? The Steelers need to start planning for life without their two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Thus, the Steelers would only have interest in Romo if the Cowboys released him.

Other options in Rosenthal's piece include AJ McCarron, but trading with the Bengals is probably harder for the Steelers than trading with the Patriots, as well as a list of mediocre signal callers who are about to get released. Robert Griffin? No. No. No. Ken Anderson is there with 12, but three of those seasons were 14 games, when that was the length of the schedule.

Roethlisberger will be 35 next month. "We will plan and react accordingly". The Steelers aren't far off from a seventh Super Bowl win.

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