Who will play longer Brady or Roethlisberger?

Who will play longer Brady or Roethlisberger?

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, 34 years old, was noncommittal about returning for the 2017 season.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hinted at retirement on his weekly appearance with 93.7 The Fan, saying he will evaluate his future this offseason.

"I'm going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options, to consider health and family and things like that", Roethlisberger said on KDKA-FM in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are just days removed from losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

However, two things are crystal-clear based on what Roethlisberger said: defensive changes in personnel and philosophy must be made quickly and it's high-time to begin the search for his heir apparent.

"You want to be able to leave this game walking out of it in a healthy spot", Roethlisberger said.

"I'm not going to bare my hand in that regard". "I think at [this] point in my career, at my age, that's the prudent and smart thing to do every year".

But it's certainly interesting to hear a player of Roethlisberger's ilk even entertaining the idea.

Roethlisberger, who has been with the Steelers since 2004, is due around $19m next season as part of a five-year extension that is scheduled to expire in 2020. He threw 10 interceptions in the Steelers' last seven games. But it's a big step from taking time to evaluate things after a disappointing loss all the way to retiring, with presumably some good years left in his career and a talented team around him. Butler, and head coach Mike Tomlin for that matter, need to start implementing more man-on-man press coverage moving forward in addition to figuring out a way to start knocking opposing quarterbacks off their marks more consistently and especially against Brady, who will pick any kind of defense apart if not pressured. I'm not alarmed by it. Receiver Antonio Brown is under contract, running back Le'Veon Bell will be a free agent but is expected to stick around and receiver Martavis Bryant will be eligible for reinstatement after missing all of 2016 for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. "I just think that's football".

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