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  • Steelers QB Roethlisberger Won’t Chat About Retirement Speculation; Nor Commit to Anything Past 2017

    Steelers fans were flat out spooked this offseason when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stated that he was thinking about walking away from the team and the NFL this offseason.

    While he will stay on as the player under center for the Steelers in 2017, there’s no doubt the team will have to start thinking about the future of the position, possibly why the team took Josh Dobbs in the fourth round as a possible long term replacement.

    Today Big Ben spoke to the media at Steelers OTA’s, and didn’t seem too interested in giving reasons as to why he was thinking about walking away, and what may have changed his mind.

    “It doesn’t matter, I’m here now,” Ben said Wednesday when asked how close he might have been to retiring.

    “Honestly it doesn’t even matter. I’m happy to be back here. I’m happy to be back with the team,” Roethlisberger said.

    “I love the city. I love these guys. I love being out here. Football is a passion of mine. It’s what I do and it’s what I love to do.”

    While Ben will undoubtedly do whatever he can to lead the team to another Super Bowl in 2017, he’s not all that interested in talking about anything past this season.

    “I never commit to anybody more than one year,” Roethlisberger said.

    “I think that’s all we should always commit to with this sport. Because if we look past this year, then we’re cheating ourselves and we’re cheating other people. We need to give this year everything that we can, everything that we have because ultimately that’s what we have, right here and right now.

    “I’m here on Day One. You see me out there taking every rep I’m supposed to take and then some. I actually took some of the rookies’ (reps) today. I’m 110-percent committed.”

    For how long is anyone’s guess – to the point where Ben himself might not even know.

     
  • Green Gone – Steelers Release TE Ladarius Green After Just One Season

    Ladarius Green’s time with Steelers is over, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The team released Green, a tight end signed in 2016 to replace Heath Miller, after a failed physical. He played six games last season due to injury.

    Green was the team’s most notable addition last offseason and was expected to add another pass-catching weapon to the offense, but missed the start of the season because of ankle surgery and headaches.

    Green wound up starting twice and making 18 catches for 304 yards and a touchdown, then was concussed in Week 15 against Cincinnati, ending his seaso

     
  • A Former Steelers OL Says QB Ben Roethlisberger Really Considered Retiring

    Although pretty much nobody expected Ben Roethlisberger to actually retire this offseason, apparently Big Ben himself seriously considered it, Alex Iniguez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    This according to Willie Colon, the former Steelers offensive lineman and seven-season Roethlisberger teammate. Colon told Pro Football Talk that he sat down with Roethlisberger, who told him that injuries are at the forefront of his thinking.

    Colon said the current offensive line will have a lot to do with that — can it help the 35-year-old quarterback stay upright and relatively unharmed? If so, Roethlisberger could have a few years left in him.

    “He’s passionate about playing, but one thing that keeps his fire going is that offensive line,” Colon said.

    Ostensibly, another thing that keeps his fire going is being surrounded by some of the most potent offensive weapons in the NFL, namely Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

     
  • Report: Steelers Ink FordhamTE Phazahn Odom Following Minicamp

    The Steelers have added another piece to their roster, as reports say the team has come to terms with former Fordham tight end Phazahn Odom.

    Odom was an All-state basketball player in high school who averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds per game. We’ll see if his game can translate to the NFL and if he can do enough to make the Steelers roster.

     
  • Steelers Release Four Players Including CB Al-Hajj Shabazz and WR Canaan Severin

    The Steelers released veteran quarterback Zach Mettenberger on Monday, and today Missi Matthews reports the team has let go of a couple more players from their roster.

    Brown-Dukes is a running back who was added to the practice squad back in late December, Johnson, another running back, came aboard the practice squad the second week in January.

    Wide out Severin joined the team last season from the University of Virginia, and at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds he could have rounded into an interesting player, and was even talked about as a sleeper for the club, but obviously didn’t do enough for the team to justify a roster spot.

    Al-Hajj Shabazz was added to the 53-man roster December 23rd of last season after Shamarko Thomas was placed on IR. He was back and forth on the teams’ practice squad as well as the team, as he even spent time with the Texans last season.

     
 
 
 
 

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