Ben Roethlisberger’s days with the Steelers could be coming to an end. Here are four teams who could sign the future Hall of Famer if Pittsburgh is forced to let him go.
Following the 2020 season, it was widely believed that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would return to Pittsburgh for one final season. Even with the offensive meltdown over the final six games of the year that saw Ben’s team scoring under 20 points per contest, most believed that the Steelers would do everything in their power to bring him back.
Roethlisberger has been vocal this offseason that he wants to play, and claimed he would be willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen – even take a pay cut. The Steelers, however, will be calling his bluff, as Kevin Colbert’s recent statements made it would like Ben is far from a lock to be their quarterback in 2020.
If Pittsburgh can’t come to terms with the future Hall of Fame quarterback, they could be forced to cut him. This would give him the opportunity to get one last shot on a new team. While there aren’t many suitors out there for a 39-year-old quarterback in decline, these four organizations could look to scoop him up as a bridge quarterback:
Despite quarterback play that was arguably the worst in the league last year, the Bears finished with an 8-8 record on the season. With a very good defense and most of their roster in place, all Chicago is really lacking is a quarterback who can take care of the ball and give them a chance in the playoffs.
The Bears have a better offensive line and rushing attack at this point than the Steelers, while Mitch Trubisky is an unrestricted free agent. Quarterback Nick Foles is still under contract for two more seasons, but his cap hit is very manageable, and Chicago will likely explore ways to upgrade the position. Bringing in Ben on a one-year deal could allow them to be competitive in 2021.