Steelers keeping door open for Ben Roethlisberger’s return in 2022

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It wasn’t a certainty Ben Roethlisberger would return to the Steelers in 2021. But it’s not a certainty this will be his final season in Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger, 39, is entering his 18th season and his contract automatically voids at the end of the 2021 season.

Steleers team owner and president Art Rooney II, though, is keeping the door open for his starting quarterback to return in 2022.

“It’s not written in stone that this is his last year,” Rooney said Tuesday, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.

It is obvious, though, that Roethlisberger doesn’t have a lot of time left in the league. The six-time Pro Bowler said in June that he approaches every season “like it’s my last.”

At some point in the near future, the Steelers will have a new starting quarterback.

“We’re aware this could be Ben’s last year,” Rooney said. “We hope it’s a great one. That’s as far as we can go with it right now. Obviously, if this is his last year, then next year we’ll be making decisions on a quarterback, and we’ll address it as the time comes up.”

Roethlisberger signed a new contract in the spring, taking a $5 million pay cut and lowering his salary-cap number by more than $15 million.

“It was a very unselfish move on his part,” General Manager Kevin Colbert said, via Pryor. “It made him available for 2021. Beyond that, none of us know. We’ll just work with 2021 and see where it goes from there.”

Roethlisberger completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. He is almost two years removed from elbow surgery, and said two weeks ago he feels “fresher” than he did this time a year ago.

26 responses to “Steelers keeping door open for Ben Roethlisberger’s return in 2022

  1. It’s incredible. Every quarterback approaching their retirement age is always feeling “fresher and younger” every single year. Isn’t that incredible???

  2. Wouldn’t it be stupid for Rooney to say anything else? Always keep your options open.

  3. Last 3 years in a row he’s been out of gas by thanksgiving. 5 of his 10 INTs came in the month of December (not counting the additional 4 he threw in the playoff game). Oh and they just added another regular season game. History says he will start strong but he ain’t on Tom Brady’s diet and workout plan and will likely fall apart down the stretch.

  4. Next to Bradshaw, and in some ways even considering Bradshaw, Big Ben has had the best career of a QB in franchise history. Damn straight you keep the possibility of another year open for this guy.

  5. Give him an open ended career type contract and let him decide if and when he stops playing! Oh wait, he plays for the Steelers. They do that with every aging veteran anyway…

  6. Haskins won’t replace Big Ben unless he grows up. So far, he shows no signs of doing so. Maybe the Steelers will be in the hunt for Houston’s Watson whenever he clears up his 22 lawsuits, etc. etc. Otherwise, it will be the next Draft.

  7. Until Big Ben is ready to go or he has an awful season he is the starter. It’s as simple as that. There is no other option now. The Steelers need to take it year by year in the draft until they strike gold with another qb.

  8. Steelers ownership needs to be reminded that this is a business. Ben’s days are done.

  9. harryinluv says:
    August 3, 2021 at 5:21 pm
    Next to Bradshaw, and in some ways even considering Bradshaw, Big Ben has had the best career of a QB in franchise history. Damn straight you keep the possibility of another year open for this guy.
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    Dwayne Haskins, Mitch Trubisky, and Drew Lock all have higher completion percentages then Terry. Terry played big in big games. That’s it. He didn’t throw a ton of TDs and has almost as many INTs.

  10. Steeler ownership has been doing this since 1933. I think they know what they’re doing.

  11. Ben will be out of gas by Nov 1st this year. Each year since 2017 it gets earlier. Ben started sputtering around week 9 last year, with a full blown stall at game 12.

    The Steelers are usually praised for knowing when veterans are getting past their prime. But not in this case. Ben has some kind of a spell over Rooney. Ben is setting the franchise back 5 years with his selfishness.

  12. Christopher Allan says:
    August 3, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Dwayne Haskins, Mitch Trubisky, and Drew Lock all have higher completion percentages then Terry. Terry played big in big games. That’s it. He didn’t throw a ton of TDs and has almost as many INTs.
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    Bradshaw handed the ball off from 1970 to 1976. In ’77 asst coach Tom Moore (yes, that Tom Moore) told Chuck Noll that Swann and Stallworth were being wasted. The passing game needed to open up somehow.

    When the rules changed in the ’78 season, things took off for them. CBs no longer could throw receivers around and had to give them a cushion before they could lay a hand on the receiver.

    Yes, Bradshaw had a low completion percentage, but so did many QBs back then. It was just harder to throw to guys that weren’t that open until the initial rules change.

    He shined in the big games, but Bradshaw’s arm got the Steelers to the Super Bowl 4x via two separate and distinct offensive systems. Oh yea, he called his own plays too.

  13. Going 11-6 and losing a wildcard game scares me more than going 6-11 and finding Ben’s replacement. Hell the Browns had to suck for 50 years to finally build a talented roster. We can suck 1 for a new QB.

  14. Without a running game in the last half of the season, I think his stats were at least notable considering the Steelers while offence was pass only and opposing defenders knew it

  15. Patriot fans should be worrying about their QB situation instead of talking about Roethlisberger. Cam Newton? Stidham? An unproven rookie? Awesome.

  16. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    August 3, 2021 at 7:27 pm
    Patriot fans should be worrying about their QB situation instead of talking about Roethlisberger. Cam Newton? Stidham? An unproven rookie? Awesome.

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    Meh…..we have had such a plethora of success over the past 20 years that I am actually looking forward to see the team struggle a bit to compete. Watching them routinely beat up on the Bills and the Steelers year in and year out was actually getting a tad boring

  17. Right! Nice deflection. Surprised to see you here, I assumed you would be cavorting with TB6, leaping hand in hand through a grassy meadow.

  18. Art Rooney Sr. paid a $2,500 franchise fee in 1933 ($52,249.23) today, to found a Pittsburgh football club. Now, the Steelers are valued at $2.8 billion.

  19. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    August 3, 2021 at 7:26 pm
    If that’s true, 2005 and 2008 were down years. Nice try.

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    If Brady didn’t get his leg caved in in ‘08, you know you guys are down one Super Bowl. You’re welcome.

  20. ikeclanton…..even if that were true I think Pitt would thank the guy that caved in Brady’s leg and not the Patriots themselves. Good luck beating the Bills this year. You’re gonna need it.

  21. “If Brady didn’t get his leg caved in in ‘08, you know you guys are down one Super Bowl. You’re welcome.”.

    Always the same with Patriot fans. Sorry excuses and insults when they lose.

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