The Pittsburgh Steelers are committed to Ben Roethlisberger in 2021, planning to roll into next season with the future Hall of Fame quarterback leading the way once again. But as the 39-year-old shows clear signs of physical decline and nears the end of his career, Pittsburgh is thinking about its long-term future.
As Roethlisberger recovered from elbow surgery that kept him out for a majority of the 2019 season, the Steelers ignored finding his successor. Instead, the franchise bet on 2018 third-round pick Mason Rudolph taking a step forward and proving he could be the heir to Big Ben.
In 15 games across two seasons, Rudolph has an 82.7 passer rating and completed just 61.7% of his passes. It’s led to the Steelers re-evaluating their thinking, resulting in the signing of Dwayne Haskins this spring. While the 2019 first-round pick will provide some competition for Rudolph, it seems neither are viewed particularly highly within the organization.