It was a question that had to be asked after Sunday’s awful 45-42 loss to the Jaguars at Heinz Field by the Steelers, that being the future of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The quarterback set franchise records for yards and touchdowns in the playoff loss, but in the end everyone wanted to know what about the future, even more so after he threw around the idea last season that he was thinking about retiring after the AFC Title game loss to the New England Patriots.
After the game, amid all the disappointment and sadness over another failure of a season, Ben made it official – he will be back for a 15th season with the franchise.
Ben Roethlisberger: "I plan on coming back next year.'"
— Ron Cook (@RonCookPG) January 14, 2018
Of course he could change his mind in a moment, but again it looks like with the way that this season ended, and as well as the QB was throwing, he will be back for another hopeful Super Bowl run in 2018.
Pro Football Talk seemed to know that Ben wouldn’t walk away, as he’s got a great thing going with the Steelers, and if the team can get back Le’Veon Bell with a long term deal, this team should be right back to 12-13 wins next season.
Last year, he apparently didn’t come close to calling it quits. As one league source told PFT during the regular season, Roethsliberger’s contemplations didn’t get to the point that he even inquired as to what he would have owed the team if he’d retired prematurely.
It would have been $18.6 million last year, it will be $12.4 million this year, assuming the Steelers would insist on recovering the money he already has been paid for future performance. (There’s no reason to think they wouldn’t.)
If/when (when, most likely) he returns, Roethlisberger may have a new offensive coordinator. Todd Haley’s contract is expiring; the last time that happened with a Pittsburgh offensive coordinator, the team “retired” Bruce Arians.
Now that Bruce Arians is “retired” again, maybe Ben tries to make a power play to get his close friend to come back. The chances of that happening, hover, are slimmer than the chances of Roethlisberger retiring.
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