5 reasons Steelers have already held onto Ben Roethlisberger too long

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers . (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers . (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Delaying a rebuild for Steelers

Finally, one of the biggest reasons that signs that the Steeles have held onto Ben Roethlisberger for too long is that he has been delaying a rebuild. Every move Pittsburgh seems to make – whether financially, in free agency, or in the draft – seems to revolve around what is best for Ben Roethlisberger.

Pittsburgh has had opportunities to nab talented quarterbacks in recent years. They even passed on an opportunity to draft Lamar Jackson with the 28th overall pick in favor of filling a current need at safety with Terrell Edmunds.

The Steelers have invested fewer resources than any team in the league at the quarterback position over the past fifteen years, and they haven’t made any effort to looks towards the future yet. Building a team around Roethlisberger may have caused them to pass on making a move for a talented franchise quarterback over the past few years, and they don’t have a quality option in place if Ben is done.

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At the end of the day, I’m certainly not going to complain about the dominant career that Ben Roethlisberger had, but I was opposed to his last contract extension and nothing about his play has changed my mind. It’s time for the Steelers to look towards the future and start doing what is best for the franchise.