The Ben Roethlisberger era in Pittsburgh is nearing its end. The NFL world can now turn its attention to whether Big Ben’s career is going downhill.
There is uncertainty about the latter. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday that Roethlisberger has told members of the organization and former teammates that he expects 2021 to be his final season as the team’s full-back. That perception seems obvious: Roethlisberger is in the final year of his contract, he’s 39 years old and his play is below average.
And while sources told Schefeter that the Steelers are assuming Roethlisberger will call it a post-season career, and while Roethlisberger has indicated in the past he doesn’t want to play for any other team, one source The news left a wasted space by saying it was “very likely” that the veteran would play elsewhere in 2022.
Roethlisberger could end the series at any time by saying he will retire at the end of the season. Until he does, there will be speculation as to whether any other team will see him as an NFL-sized QB. It is very difficult to commit crimes.
On the plus side, Big Ben has endured this year despite his age and recent injury history. He has started 10 of the Steelers’ 11 games, with his only absence coming because of COVID-19. On the minus side, he’s 27th in yards per attempt, 24th in touchdown, 22nd in completion rate, and 22nd in passer rating out of 34 NFL quarterbacks with 160 passes. ball upwards.
His 1.6 interception rate is the sixth-lowest indicating he has the least amount of ball care, but the rest of the numbers show Pittsburgh 5-5 in games despite him.
Backup Mason Rudolph will be the first to inherit the job after Roethlisberger departs. Rudolph led the Steelers to a 16-16 draw against the Lions in Week 10 with Roethlisberger sidelined. Rudolph is signed until 2022 and will charge $4 million to Steelers salary cap, according to Spotrac. Roethlisberger’s restructuring deal leaves Pittsburgh with a $10.3 million death penalty next year.
Dwayne Haskins is the number 3 full-back at the moment. He hasn’t lost a moment this season and the Steelers coaches is said to be dissatisfied with his work ethic.