Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to meet with Dan Rooney and Art Rooney II today at Steelers headquarters.
Neither quarterback had a higher passer rating, however, than Roethlisberger, who the Patriots avoided when they traveled to Pittsburgh in late October. Obviously I am hopeful that he returns. I'd love to watch on Facebook Live. If you paint with a broad brush, I would say it is a combination of both.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday that he hasn't decided whether he will play next year.
"I'm going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options", Ben told us.
"I'm going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options, to consider health and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there's going to be a next season, " Roethlisberger said.
Then again, Roethlisberger has made over $150 million in his career to date.
Roethlisberger shed some light by downplaying retirement talk saying, "I'm not by any means saying I'm not coming back".
"As he said Tuesday, "[At] this point in my career, I think it's prudent - just like I'm sure James Harrison is doing and other guys who have been in this league a long time [are doing] - to evaluate and just make sure.
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Though Tomlin said that Roethlisberger has hinted at retirement before, these are not the questions that the coach probably wanted to be answering on Tuesday. "In that vein I've only been successful one time in 10 years and I'm OK with that". He has been incredibly successful.
The Steelers finished the 2016 season with an 11-5 record. He will be enshrined, for sure, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He sounded nearly envious of one of his best pals, Heath Miller, who retired after last season in one piece, physically.
Roethlisberger is coming off an emotional loss in the AFC Championship game, he is under contract, and he doesn't have to rush any decisions.
It will be shocking if Roethlisberger chooses to move on, especially because if he does he'll owe more than $18 million to the Steelers.
Antonio Brown's Facebook Live snafu started it off, followed by the flu affecting several players, a false alarm in the team hotel on Sunday morning, a false alarm on the field with an uninspired performance in the AFC Championship Game, Le'Veon Bell's groin injury and the franchise quarterback refusing to commit to playing football in 2017 on his weekly appearance with 93.7 The Fan.
For now, it's hard to believe that Roethlisberger is actually done.