Roethlisberger on a Return to the Steelers in 2017: “I’m Leaning Towards It”

It’s been a fear for Steelers fans since the moment it was brought up after the teams’ AFC Title Game loss to the Patriots, but it is sounding more and more like quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is “leaning towards” returning to play in 2017.

The two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback stated the following at the Ignite Men’s Impact Weekend conference at Liberty University on Friday when asked if he’s coming back to the black and gold.

“I’m leaning towards it.”

Any casino online review would have had the longtime quarterback returning to the team, but when he said in January that he was not sure about coming back, fans were flat out terrified about the Steelers future without their leading passer.

It seemed like a long shot all along that Ben wouldn’t come back for 2017, but at the same time, just the fact that he was even thinking about retiring was something the Steelers were not prepared for.

The teams does have Landry Jones and he’s been inked despite being a free agent, but the team isn’t exactly comfortable with him being the full-time starter – at least not yet.

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert has stated more than once that the team has to be aware long term about the quarterback position, but if they can get two to three more years out of Roethlisberger, it would at least prepare the team to grab a quarterback they can mold long term.

Let’s see if that starts with this year’s NFL Draft, or if they are confident enough to keep the position in the hands of Ben again hoping that he’s back in 2018 as well.

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Matt Loede

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and of course, the National Football League. On NFL Sunday’s you can hear Matt on National networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and other stations around the country. Matt also joined The Washington Post in 2009 as a guest columnist on league hot topics. Born and raised in Cleveland, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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