Popular NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a rather eventful season in 2020 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The veteran shot-caller led Mike Tomlin’s team to an 11-0 winning streak last year.
Despite suffering a nasty elbow injury in 2019, the aging Big Ben did not leave any stone unturned as the Steelers won the AFC North with a 12-4 record.
Roethlisberger finished the regular season with 3,800+ passing yards with 33 passing touchdowns against just 10 interceptions. But the Steelers suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the divisional rivals, the Cleveland Browns, in the Wild Card Round.
Big Ben turns 39 next month, and his future in the Steel City is shrouded in mystery. What are coach Tomlin and the Steelers management’s plan heading into a crucial 2021 season?
Former Dallas Cowboys player Marcus Spears was the latest guest to appear on the ESPN NFL show this week. The former player-turned-NFL analyst gave his 2 cents on the future of Big Ben and his contract situation with the Steelers.
He said, “Ben Roethlisberger didn’t force them (Pittsburgh Steelers) to give him money late in his career, didn’t force him to give him this type of money that would affect how they do business going forward.
“But no, they just owe it to him to be transparent and vice versa. Like the end is coming for every NFL player but at some point.”
“The respect comes from telling the truth. It ain’t about how nice we are in public and all of these things. Let’s get down and have a 100 conversation about what the plan is going forward.
“If it’s move on, we move on if it’s ‘I need to be here another year because we got to find something else’ do that, but just be honest and transparent,” Spears said on the show.
The Steelers have already brought in former Washington Football Team QB Dwayne Haskins this year. They are reportedly targeting North Dakota State star, Trey Lance, in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Only time will tell if Big Ben steps onto the Heinz Field when the season starts in September. Watch this space for more.