Ben Roethlisberger “leaning toward” playing in 2017

Shortly after the end of the 2016 season, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger raised the possibility that he’d retire before the start of next season.

The reaction to Roethlisberger floating that notion was short on people who thought that it would amount to be more than a momentary contemplation in the wake of a frustrating loss in the AFC title game, but a couple of months have passed without Roethlisberger declaring his intent to play in 2017. It sounds like such a proclamation may be coming in the near future, however.

“I’m leaning towards it,” Roethlisberger said on Friday when asked about playing in 2017, via Dale Lolley of the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter.

The Steelers re-signed Landry Jones, but General Manager Kevin Colbert said that the team will “absolutely” add a quarterback to the mix at some point. He made that comment when discussing the need to have a plan in place in the event Roethlisberger walked away this season, but raising the prospect of retirement should still be enough cause for the Steelers to think about the day when Big Ben won’t be under center.

79 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger “leaning toward” playing in 2017

  1. Give it up dude. Even with you carrying them almost single-handed at times, and even with Trip’s cheating the injury-reporting and integrity rules, and despite Rooney having the Commish avoid penalizing the team or properly looking into Dr Rydze or the Al Jazeera report, your team was thoroughly outclassed by the Pats. And what superb breakthroughs have your team made in the offseason? Re-signed Landry along with some of the other failures from last year.

  2. Another drama QB, fans already knew you were coming back Ben. WR’s & QB’s the drama queens of the league.

  3. He needs more free time for (allegedly) raping women (I’d hide my kids and dog from him as well). I wish he would retire – NFL needs less of this trash.

  4. MichaelEdits says:
    Mar 19, 2017 9:44 AM
    They could probably get Osweiler for a couple of boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

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    Maybe one from this year and one from last year. Not thin mints though.

  5. Just wants him some Favre drama… never bought what he’s said the entire time… I think everyone knows he’s coming back. He will change his tune once Bell is signed. Never was anything to see here.

  6. Unless his arm turns into a noodles like Peyton’s did in his final couple years (and I see no sign of that), he can play 5 more years.

    So yeah, this is more fake news.

  7. I have a feeling that Rapethisbeaver is going to give Brett Favre a run for his money when it comes time to retire.

  8. Ben has the Miami dog, he’s playing.

    Whoops, my bad, wrong Miami.

    He’s not walking away from that much money. Especially when he doesn’t have to play all the extra games Brady does because the Steelers can’t get past New England..

  9. I can see where that would be the case. Having to return $18.6m in signing bonus money could easily induce a serious lean, or lien as the case may be

  10. Not sure why all the hate. Guys been playing a long time, takes a beating and he’s made a boatload of money in his career. Would you or I walk away from 18+ million? Of course not. But a guy who’s got prob 100 mil in the bank, plus whatever endorsements and side businesses he has? Prob not as hard as people are making it out to be.

  11. “What internet trolls think, has absolutely no bearing on reality. None.”

    He said as he trolled.

  12. Well if he does retire the Browns will finish with a better record than the Steelers. Landry Jones, Landry Jones, Landry Jones
    (using my best Jim Mora voice).

  13. Who actually believed he was going to retire. He is the biggest drama queen in the NFL. He only said that he possibly would retire so he could get everyone to feel sorry for him. His act is getting so old. Who cares if he plays or does not play.

  14. Roethelisberger played well in the AFC championship, but the Steelers only had one decent receiver and were badly out coached. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ben has given ownership a few opinions about all that shortly after his noises about retirement.

  15. Ben is 35 years old, 6′ 5″, 241 lbs and he’s becoming a big drama queen.

    Ben has not seen 241 lbs in at least 10 years. Last couple seasons before 2016, he was way closer to 300 than 240.

  16. The day is already here. Not everyone is Brees, Manning, or Brady. Throughout the history of the league 33-34 is the usual age long time franchise QBs walkaway. Either because their beat up, tired of it, or don’t have it anymore. After listening to him the last year or two I’m about 80% sure this is his last year.

    Which means if a guy like Deshaun Watson falls down the draft board like many are suggesting, the Steelers have to draft him. Cause I know you don’t wanna go back to the team that losses Superbowls to Barry Switzer because your in the middle of about a 30 year QB drought.

    You don’t really wanna go back to the days of trying to convince everyone that Kordell Stewart and Tommie Maddox are good QBs do you?

  17. Well, a comment that seems to be right on, is that Ben’s enthusiasm and desire for playing does seem to be waning, or at least not quite what it was, for whatever reason or reasons.
    Could be the number of years in the league, frustration with the coaching, injuries/suspensions to teammates, and the frustration of losing to New England in the playoffs? Or some combination therof…
    One thing is pretty certain; while not closed yet, the Steelers window to win another SB while Ben is the QB has narrowed some.

  18. This whole thing has to do with Ben’s unhappiness with the coaching staff and management. Against the Patriots it seemed like it was Ben solely against the Patriots. AB was still pouting, Bell had his injury shenanigan, the other receivers not named Jesse James could not run a route or catch a pass, and the defense made no adjustments. And Ben is right. If you are not going to plan and play to beat the Patriots, what is the point? He wants to win a Super Bowl, not just the division and an AFC championship berth. He deserves to be a drama queen with this. And with the failure to sign any quality free agents with the most cap room they have had in years, they still don’t get it.

  19. Huge Steeler fan and I must say I am disappointed in Ben’s lack of confidence in the face of the New England Patriots. The real reason he does not want to return next year is because Tom Brady hasn’t retired yet, and he has zero confidence that he can go into Foxboro and win. I would rather have Landry Jones at the helm for that game as he has no Pats baggage.

  20. No way he retires before this season cuz there’s no doubt that he’ll make a huge announcement before his last season so he can have a retirement tour. Or two…

  21. he was given a crappy offensive game plan, minus the leagues premier running back, and he had to watch while the defense played poorly, by design, when they only time they sacked brady was when they used press coverage, had they kept that up, itz a different game.

  22. 2017 will be a good season for the Steelers as the Bengals have given up on the season before it starts and the Browns are the Browns (Maybe in 2018)

    Only have to beat the Ravens to get to the playoffs.

  23. Hang in there Ben, maybe someone else can beat the Pats for you next year. Not sure who that would be, but there IS a chance.

  24. “Ben Roethlisberger ‘leaning toward’ playing in 2017”

    I’m leaning toward living at least one more day.
    That could change if I see another story about Ben Roethlisberger pretending there’s a chance he might not come back.

  25. He’d get past New England simply by having receivers who wouldn’t drop his passes. 120 yards worth of dropped passes and 18 points taken off the board. And yet he still put up 300+ yards.

  26. Like the record beating Brady took in the Denver Championship game and kept getting up? When he took it to the last pl ay of the game? Maybe BB took such a beating over the years because he didn’t put the work in to learn the offense well enough. He was happy to play playground FB. As opposed to Brady, who gets the ball out quick because he knows what he’s doing. Better than anyone in history.

  27. Drama Queen trying to keep his name in news…. Never seen a player get carted off the field on a golf cart, then come back in the game 2 minutes later… only this drama queen

  28. uglydingo says:
    Mar 19, 2017 9:44 AM
    Ben is 35 years old, 6′ 5″, 241 lbs and he’s becoming a big drama queen.

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    I don’t think Ben has been 241 in a very long time. I would put him at 295 at least.

  29. tedmurph says:
    Mar 19, 2017 2:32 PM
    Hang in there Ben, maybe someone else can beat the Pats for you next year. Not sure who that would be, but there IS a chance.

    ////////////

    The Raiders will roll over the Pats

  30. eatme2259 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 6:39 PM
    tedmurph says:
    Mar 19, 2017 2:32 PM
    Hang in there Ben, maybe someone else can beat the Pats for you next year. Not sure who that would be, but there IS a chance.

    ////////////

    The Raiders will roll over the Pats

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    C’mon. Only real responses please…

  31. rankster1950 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 3:29 PM
    If Brady had taking the beatings Ben took over the years he would have retired 5 years ago. Brady is one hard hit from being irrelevent

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    First of all, at this point, he’s on the Mt. Rushmore of athletes–he’ll never be irrelevant.

    Brady has had many a year where he suffered from poor offensive line protection. He’s been pounded and always gotten up to play the next week.

    Also, every time he plays hurt, he doesn’t have a press conference to talk about it or to make himself look heroic. Sound like anyone you know?

  32. eatme2259 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 6:39 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Mar 19, 2017 2:32 PM
    Hang in there Ben, maybe someone else can beat the Pats for you next year. Not sure who that would be, but there IS a chance.

    ////////////

    The Raiders will roll over the Pats
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    Please. Raiders played 4 playoff teams, lost 3 and gave up 20 pts to Osweiler at home in the lone win. I’ll give them a pass for losing in the playoffs. They played a 3rd place schedule last year and next year have a tougher 2nd place schedule. The delusion is real in Raider Nation.

  33. sixburghrules says:
    Mar 19, 2017 4:56 PM
    With Ben Bell & Brown on the field it is a competitive team. Hopefully we see them all together again in September!
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    Well if Ben doesn’t get a boo-boo, Bell can stay off the weed and Brown can avoid live streaming from the locker room maybe. I don’t like the chances though.

  34. Those of you comparing Ben to Favre should understand that Favre had grown frustrated with the Packers front office failing to bring in some much needed talent.He had to be Superman every Sunday and it started to wear on him.Yes these guys make big money but it still takes a toll.A lot goes on behind the scenes that we fans never see.

  35. brownstown6586 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 9:41 AM

    This dude’s a drama queen
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    First post says all that needed to be said

    /thread

  36. imodan says:
    Mar 19, 2017 7:31 PM
    sixburghrules says:
    Mar 19, 2017 4:56 PM
    With Ben Bell & Brown on the field it is a competitive team. Hopefully we see them all together again in September!
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    Well if Ben doesn’t get a boo-boo, Bell can stay off the weed and Brown can avoid live streaming from the locker room maybe. I don’t like the chances though.
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    OOOHHHHH Hit Out of the Park!!!!!!!!

  37. rankster1950 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 3:29 PM
    If Brady had taking the beatings Ben took over the years he would have retired 5 years ago.
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    Are you referring to the face plant helmetless into a car off of a motorcycle beating, the whoopin in jail beating, or a combination of both?

  38. Ironically, the older Ben gets the more eggs he lays during the post season.

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