Ike Taylor is not improper about why Pittsburgh Steelers Huge Ben must retire

PITTSBURGH – In the Pittsburgh Steelers off-season, one question arises: How will Ben Roethlisberger decide?

The 38-year-old quarterback has a year left on his current contract but has a cap hit of $ 41.25 million and has not yet announced that he will be returning for the 2021 season.

“It will start between me and God, a lot of praying. Talking, discussing and making decisions with my family a lot,” said Roethlisberger after the Steelers lost the playoff. “I have a year left on my contract. I hope the Steelers want me back if we do that. There will be a lot of discussion. But now is not the time.”

Until then, everyone else will speculate on whether or not Roethlisberger will return to the Steelers. A former teammate jumped on 93.7 The Fan to discuss the issue, arguing that it was time for the QB to hang it up.

Former Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was asked by host Andrew Fillipponi if ​​Roethlisberger should “drive into the sunset”.

It didn’t take Taylor long to answer yes.

“One hundred percent,” said Taylor. “It’s the mobility part. If you look at the three quarterbacks at AFC North, they’re young. They’re mobile. They have playoff experience.”

He’s not lying about the AFC North. Roethlisberger is surrounded by three Heisman-winning quarterbacks in the division. Additionally, Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, and Baker Mayfield are known for being just as explosive with their legs as they are with their arms.

Big Ben is not. At least not anymore.

“Seven has done enough. He’s got one hell of a run. It’s the mobility part,” said Taylor.

Taylor doesn’t think the decision is anyone other than Roethlisberger.

“They’re going to let Ben rock until he wants to rock,” said Taylor. “You know the Steelers, they’re loyal.”

Again, he’s not wrong. The Steelers won’t force Roethlisberger’s hand in retirement, even if it hurts more than helping him to be around. Pittsburgh doesn’t have a solid plan for future Hall of Famer retirement, but a move would leave more options than trying to create the cap hit it’ll make this year.

Even if Big Ben has a year left, he’s not the quarterback he once was. That doesn’t mean he’s unable to win, but when you think of the “older” quarterbacks in the NFL, the line begins to draw the line between Roethlisberger and those who are up for a Super Bowl like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have made strong.

At some point, reality will kick in for Roethlisberger. Maybe it’s before this season, or maybe it’s after. Either way, it’s time to start looking for the next Steelers franchise quarterback.

Noah Strackbein is a publisher at AllSteelers. Follow Noah on Twitter @NoahStrack and AllSteelers @si_steelers.

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