If Steelers cut Ben Roethlisberger, would he play elsewhere?

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The Steelers, fully aware that they may not have enough around quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to justify bringing him back for another year, suddenly seem to be ambivalent about an ongoing relationship. So if (and it’s still a fairly big if) the Steelers decide to sever ties with Big Ben, he’ll become a free agent.

The question then becomes whether he’d continue his career with another team.

It’s a topic he’s never addressed. It’s a topic that, before Wednesday’s comments from G.M. Kevin Colbert, was never relevant. Now, it’s moving closer toward that category.

If Ben would be willing to explore another year or two with another team, the question then becomes whether another team would want him. Myles Simmons and I spitballed through the various options on Thursday’s PFT Live.

The only potentially viable options, now that the Colts are spoken for, would seem to be these: Jets, Patriots, Texans (if they trade Deshaun Watson), Broncos, Raiders (if they trade Derek Carr, which seems highly unlikely), Cowboys (if they let Dak Prescott walk), Washington, Bears, Panthers, Saints, 49ers, and Seahawks (if they trade Russell Wilson, which seems highly unlikely). That’s the broadest universe of arguably realistic possibilities.

Even then, it’s hard to imagine a land rush emerging for a quarterback who will be 39 on March 2.

Indeed, if it were believed that several teams would clamor for a quarterback who is due to make only $19 million this year, Colbert’s remarks from Wednesday would spark discussion about a potential trade of Roethlisberger. The fact that there’s been no such reports suggests that, if the Steelers cut Ben, the market may not be very robust.

75 responses to “If Steelers cut Ben Roethlisberger, would he play elsewhere?

  1. Would love to see him go to New England and win a super bowl with the hoody! NE had so many players opt out for covid and the hood still won 7 games with awful qb play, bring in Ben and JU JU alongside Harry and you got enough offense for the Pats to work their magic again!

  2. All of these geriatric QB’s (Ben, Brady, Brees) are terrified of retiring because they can’t bear the thought of knowing their personal records will eventually be broken by the new generation of QB’s. Their egos are out of control.

  3. If he’s serious about getting another ring before he’s done, he should come to Minnesota. He’d make a great backup to Cousins, and with Minnesota’s STACKED and LOADED offense, Cousins will be sitting A LOT during the second halves of every game, so Ben could come in and add to his already impressive and Hall-worthy stats. Just think about him handing the ball off to the presumptive 2021 MVP, Dalvin Cook, and throwing those patented Big-Ben Bombs to the most talented wide receiver group in the NFL, let by Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen! And, he’d have a front row seat to watch the top defense in the league every week!! Make this happen, Ben!!!

  4. NFC East or New Orleans, perhaps Houston. Maybe Chicago. Technically, he only needs an OC that want’s to have a 50/50 balance on play calling.

  5. No. If Ben were to be cut, he’s retiring.

    Played his whole career in Pittsburgh, his wife is from the area, it’s 4 or so hours to where he’s from, and it’s clear that he views the area as home. More than that, he’s seen two guys that he is close to just retire in the past 1-2 weeks. Given how he is, I also do not see him being motivated by the prospect of learning a whole new script with a whole new cast in another city. Every reason points to him retiring if he’s cut.

  6. Lol….nobody else would have him! Nobody but the Bears. They’d take Ryan Leaf at this point.

  7. Dallas should let Dak walk regardless or at least non-exclusive tag, but if they could get Big Ben that would be great. A healthy OL, decent RB, and those WRs would go off. He is a much better passer than Dak. Save money, experience in big games, the Cowboys window is closing, and his desire to prove “doubters” wrong could be a good risk.

  8. Don’t be surprised if he goes to an NFC team. Tom Brady went to the NFC after spending 20 years in the AFC.

  9. He’s staying put. And going no where but staying with the Steelers.
    It’s good drama though for the off season.

  10. usttherealfacts2 says:
    February 18, 2021 at 8:16 pm
    Would love to see him go to New England and win a super bowl with the hoody! NE had so many players opt out for covid and the hood still won 7 games with awful qb play, bring in Ben and JU JU alongside Harry and you got enough offense for the Pats to work their magic again!——
    Let it go. NE isn’t that team anymore. Enjoy bottom feeding.

  11. I suspect that if they decide they don’t want him back, they’ll let him know privately and let him say he’s going to retire, if that’s what he wants to do. I don’t see him wanting to go out with the way he played his last game, but with Pouncey hanging them up, he may figure it’s time. I don’t particularly like the guy, but he deserves the right to say he retired if the Steelers don’t want him. It’ll look like his choice.

  12. Flacco was a Raven for life. Until Denver gave him millions more for one more year. Someone will pay Ben too.

  13. He would love to come to Washington and win a ring behind that ferocious defense a la Manning and Brady late in their careers. The problem is that Heinicke is too damn good and Ben would never supplant him as the starting quarterback.

  14. The Raiders make sense.

    It’s enough with Derek Carr. Either he’s not good enough, Jon Gruden can’t get enough out of him, or both, but it is time to move on.

    They could also get a few picks for him in a trade.

    Add another talent position, get OBJ from the Browns while his value is low and try to have a Tompa Bay esque run. If not you rebuild next year.

    I just don’t see how Gruden wastes another year with Carr.

  15. Most likely scenario at this point would seem to be a contract buyout. Steelers give him some money and he retires.

  16. Chicago seems a good fit. They don’t have a good #1 or any good options to get a #1 in this draft, and Ben could make some noise in their division. Maybe the additional developmental time would be good for Trubisky and they can trade Foles to Philly and get something back to help their roster.

    I don’t think the Steelers have a better option for this coming year than keeping him, unless they want to tank to rebuild. So it’s still probably one more year as most likely, retiring as next likely.

  17. The Denver Broncos would certainly be a destination if Roethlisberger got released. New GM George Paton is trying to replace Drew Lock and unless Deshaun Watson goes to Denver, Big Ben is easily the best QB left on the free agent market. He’s not a long term option, so whichever team he lands on would need to draft the heir apparent somewhere in the first 3 rounds of the upcoming draft.

  18. justtherealfacts2 says:
    February 18, 2021 at 8:16 pm
    Would love to see him go to New England and win a super bowl with the hoody! NE had so many players opt out for covid and the hood still won 7 games with awful qb play, bring in Ben and JU JU alongside Harry and you got enough offense for the Pats to work their magic again!
    ———————————————-

    Given the history it would be ironic as hell if Bens next ring came in NE, or that NEs next SB came with Ben at qb. Aint gonna happen, but it certainly would be ironic if if did.

  19. THe la

    The last half dozen games he played in he looked as washed up as you can get. He’s not going to look any better a year later. Why would any team, including the Steelers, want him.

  20. He is unlikely to take a new team to the SB his first year. His health is HIGHLY doubtful. His value to anyone other than the Steelers is nil. Cut him!

  21. New England does not have any receivers. Brady went to Tampa because they have insane receivers and had money to get more. No option except the unlikely Dallas and Seattle Scenarios have great receivers for Ben. Washington could be ok.

  22. Big Ben could lead the Jets to the Superbowl just like Brady did the Bucs. Cut Darnold so that he can revitalize his career under the care of Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels. It’s a win for everyone.

  23. Put Roethlisberger in San Francisco, Denver or Washington & it works for 1-2 years while a younger QB is developing. I think Roethlisberger is walking & look for Fitzpatrick to come in while Haskins or a drafted QB learns.

    I’d then say bye-bye to JuJu signing with MIAMI & Conner land with the NYJ/WASH.

    REHAUL IN PITT BABY!

  24. He won’t go anywhere. But it would be really funny if he went to NE considering how much NE fans have hated him for years!

  25. No one would pay him 19. Cut and get much cheaper. Steelers can do the dead money year like NE and just suck it up

  26. Cowboys Fan says:
    February 18, 2021 at 8:37 pm
    All of these geriatric QB’s (Ben, Brady, Brees) are terrified of retiring because they can’t bear the thought of knowing their personal records will eventually be broken by the new generation of QB’s. Their egos are out of control.
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    Ben has had a fine HOF career, but I doubt he is hanging on for personal records. He just wants another shot at a a Super Bowl, like all NFL QBs.

    Brady is not retiring because he clearly remains one of the five best QBs in the NFL today, and he is also clearly still the greatest leader in the NFL today, and of all-time. Most of his records are out of reach in any of our lifetimes among the current crop of NFL QBs with the possible exception of Mahomes. None of the other NFL QBs of this “new generation” will ever come close.

    Brees is probably going to retire.

  27. “could” he play somewhere else? It certainly looked like he couldn’t play the last half of the season. He looked old, slow and, quite frankly, DONE.

  28. It actually makes sense for a team drafting a rookie QB, like Jax, to sign Ben for a 1-year deal to help groom and take some pressure off the Rookie

  29. As a Bears fan, I’d love for Big Ben to play for a year at a reasonable discount. JMHO, it all depends if he feels like he can still play. Eli is the last big name QB I can recall playing for 1 team. Same draft class, same # of SB rings. Does BR feel content calling it a career? Again, if his body and mind are right, and he feels like he can get another ring, I could see him playing another year.
    Now, as a Bears fan. IMHO, QB is not the savior. Chicago is a cold weather team, especially at playoff time. If they refuse to improve the field surface, they have to be a run first team. Like the Titans. For decades, they have had a subpar running game, and relied completely on their QB and defense. They need to be able to run the ball, and pass protect. Not their strengths… Have a good w/e.

  30. iliketurtles says:
    February 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm
    Dude has won 2 Super Bowls. You forget these small details lol.

    Yeah, he was 9-21, 123 yards, with 2 ints in that game with the Seahawks. He didn’t actually win that one; they sort of won in spite of him. (and with the help of the refs, if I recall correctly.) After that, he’s 1-1 and hasn’t been there in a while.

  31. Ben looked good through week 11, and had a good half vs the Colts. But at the end it looked like Father Time had run over him in a minivan.

  32. steel curtain, you do know his 2021 cap hit would be in excess of $40MM? They can rework it to about $27MM but that just pushes much of the cap hit into future years.

    Belichick ripped off the band aide with a 6 time super bowl winner but you think the Steelers should pretend they are 2021 super bowl contenders?

    Sorry, Heinz Field isn’t Fantasy Island.

  33. Ben loves drama and colbert is obviously doing what he can to give the man what he wants.

  34. He led the Steeler to a 11-0 start last year. Threw for over 3800 yards and 33 touchdowns. I don’t believe he is washed up.

  35. Ben will have a market if the Steelers release him. Playing for the Steelers one last season isn’t that attractive. The team should fix its cap situation and develop younger talent, ie rebuild in 2021. Pouncey has retired and Feiler and Villanueva are likely to leave in free agency. Smith-Shuster too. Conner will probably stick around as a local hero but Steelers will be offensively challenged. They need to set aside money for Fitzpatrick and Watt’s extensions.

  36. The Steelers, fully aware that they may not have enough around quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to justify bringing him back for another year…

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    Uh, don’t they have an incredible defense and are an elite WR factory? An o-line made up of Supermen? What happened to all of that? :`(

  37. no bull, past is prologue. The Patriots went 12-4 in 2019 before losing in the first round of the playoffs, as did the Steelers in 2020.

    It doesn’t matter if Brady or Ben could or can still play. The years of winning and the salary cap caught up to these perennial winners and neither team was a super bowl contender going into the next year.

    Time to rebuild. We will see how both teams deal with this reality.

  38. if he was to play for another team they better have one hell of an oline…he’s basically a statue back under center these last few years

  39. Big Ben’s arm is shot. He’s a one trick pony since he can’t throw deep and the running game is non-existent.

    He won’t do play action either because he can’t backpedal from under center.

    Once defenses figured this out, Ben was neutralized at the end of 2020.

    He’d be a solid backup, coming in for short stretches. But full time starter status is no more. The Steelers know this. Ben doesn’t.

  40. It actually makes sense for a team drafting a rookie QB, like Jax, to sign Ben for a 1-year deal to help groom and take some pressure off the Rookie

    Your. Moment reflects your lack of knowledge on Bens hatred for teaching the newbies. Ben is done if it ain’t the Burg.

  41. I think the best thing Ben R. can do for his stellar legacy is to retire now. I say that as a Browns fan who has watched him beat up on my team, yes, but his career has been nothing short of excellent and I see him switching teams as a detriment to his career. I also see him staying in Pittsburgh (if they don’t cut him) as a direct cause of their imminent failure to surround fill out the roster with top-tier talent that they’ve enjoyed most of his career.

    For those of us paying attention, Pit has been playing cap-space hokus pokus for so long it’s finally caught up with them.

  42. bluecat013 says:
    February 18, 2021 at 9:53 pm
    I suspect that if they decide they don’t want him back, they’ll let him know privately and let him say he’s going to retire, if that’s what he wants to do. I don’t see him wanting to go out with the way he played his last game, but with Pouncey hanging them up, he may figure it’s time. I don’t particularly like the guy, but he deserves the right to say he retired if the Steelers don’t want him. It’ll look like his choice.
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    I’m with you. As a Ravens fan, I hate Ben, but I respect him and his legacy. Knowing that Pittsburgh is a quality organization, like my Ravens, this will be done on Ben’s terms if they want to move in another direction. My guess is they do it now or in a year. Cap armageddon is upon everyone due to Covid. Either way, he’s earned the right to be consulted in their decision.

  43. “Cowboys Fan says:
    February 18, 2021 at 8:37 pm
    All of these geriatric QB’s (Ben, Brady, Brees) are terrified of retiring because they can’t bear the thought of knowing their personal records will eventually be broken by the new generation of QB’s. Their egos are out of control.”

    I’m sure Brady just trembles whenever anyone talks about Dak getting to 8 rings!

  44. 33 tds 10 picks 12 4 record. Better then any other afc doc qb.
    Big Ben is not done! He has plenty more to give.

  45. There are people who actually think that the 49ers should have traded Jimmy G. for Carson Wentz. Serious. My bet is that Big Ben will be back with the Steelers for one more year and Russell Can’t Cook will be in Seattle when the season starts. Jimmy G. will return Frisco to the playoffs. End of story.

  46. First off a lot of teams are over the cap already(12) so they’re out and a lot of those that aren’t are either set at QB or have a high draft pick so they’re out too they’re not going to want Ben for one or two years and miss out on a possible franchise QB, fact is this is a bad year for high priced QBs to try and switch teams, those that wish to do so are entering a very limited QB market!

    Possibaly the Seahawks, Texans or 49er’s in a QB swap or if they can unload their current QB and the only others I see that would be in the running are the Panthers, Broncos and Washington. The Jets and Jags aren’t going for a one or two year QB and give up those high picks for Ben and I don’t see the Cowboys moving away from a young Dak for a 39YO Big Ben, it ain’t happening!

    BTW I don’t see the Steelers($30.7mil over the cap now) keeping Ben unless they rework his contract, as it stands now he’s a $41.25mil(22.9% of the cap) hit and they can save nearly $20mil just by cutting him.

  47. I would love to see Ben and Belichick in the Super Bowl together, if for no other reason than to watch the Bradyists lose their collective minds.

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