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Roethlisberger Wants Future Despite Steelers Drafting Quarterback

May 8, 2018
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Roethlisberger Wants Future Despite Steelers Drafting Quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger has been the number one man in Pittsburgh for a long time, but has never wanted to commit himself to the team for too long; something which has always left an air of uncertainty around them. Just twelve months ago, he was only willing to commit for a season to the Steelers, but now he has told the team he wants to play for a further three to five years, depending on injuries.

There is no doubt that Roethlisberger is capable of playing for the next two or three seasons at least, and he will give the Steelers a talented and experienced quarterback to work around. The bookmakers think he is capable too, as the latest NFL betting has the Steelers at +1000 for the Super Bowl in 2018. You can’t win a Super Bowl without very good quarterback play, and that is why the bookmakers rank the Steelers so highly.

While Roethlisberger is certainly the man to lead the Steelers into the coming season, who leads them beyond that is up for debate. With Roethlisberger never wanting to commit to anything other than one season at a time, the Steelers have decided to take matters into their own hands. In the 2018 Draft, they took quarterback Mason Rudolph to give themselves options going forward. At some point, the Steelers will be hoping Rudolph can take over from Roethlisberger, but when that happens remains to be seen.

Back to this season and one thing that looks sure to help the Steelers again is the ease of the division they are in. The Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens are working out their futures right now, and don’t have anywhere near enough to challenge the Steelers for the divisional title. While things are easy in the division for the Steelers, they are always likely to challenge overall. While they are challenging, it is expected that Ben Roethlisberger will remain as number one – unless he decides to do something different, of course. With 329 career touchdowns behind him, it is going to be a brave man that decides enough is enough for Roethlisberger, with a rookie taking over his place.

Bringing in Mason Rudolph may just have been the kind of wakeup call that Ben Roethlisberger needed for the end of his career. The feeling is he may have got a little complacent in Pittsburgh, thinking he could continue to play for them without really committing to the team for the long term, but the drafting of Mason Rudolph has changed his thinking now.

Should he remain in the form we have seen over recent years and keep himself injury-free and fit, then Ben Roethlisberger could play for another five years. However, with a young rookie now in behind him, the 36-year-old has to commit properly to the team, and continue to show why he is the number one quarterback on the depth chart. Mason Rudolph could be the person who inadvertently enriches and extends the career of Big Ben in Pittsburgh.

One Comment

  1. Mike

    Big Ben is failing to see the big picture – you have to groom a player to take
    his place – not only to guard against Ben going down with a serious injury but
    for the long term success of the Organization.