4 realistic quarterback options for Steelers in 2021 if Ben Roethlisberger retires
By Tommy Jaggi
Sadly, there may be no option more realistic for the Steelers if Ben Roethlisberger retires than Mason Rudolph. The former 3rd round pick may have flashed in the final game of the season against the Cleveland Browns this year, but his lackluster performance during the entire 2019 season still leaves a bad taste in our mouths.
Still, if we are being honest with ourselves, we know how Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert operate. They like to stick to their guns, and they are going to give Rudolph every opportunity to succeed before moving on from him.
Rudolph doesn’t have elite tools for the position, but he is entering his fourth year with this team, and he is already familiar with the offense and has developed chemistry with his receivers. Pittsburgh may try to turn Rudolph into something that he is not, as he may prove incapable of leading this team to multiple winning seasons, but don’t be surprised if the Steelers decide to stand pat if Roethlisberger retires this offseason.
It seems much more likely that Roethlisberger could actually retire than it did just a month or so ago. Pittsburgh needs to take advantage of this window with a very good defense, and these five players are all realistic options if Big Ben calls it quits.