Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has said he plans on playing this upcoming season making it his 14th season in the NFL.
The Steelers were confident of this outcome, but Roethlisberger’s public commitment solidifies the offense for 2017.
After losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game Roethlisberger said he was going to “take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options, to consider health and family and things like that, just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season.”
Roethlisberger is coming towards the end of his career as he is now 35 years old, but is still playing at a high level.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin say’s he stayed in contact with Roethlisberger this off season.
“As an organization, we have been hopeful that Ben would return this year,” Tomlin said, according to Steelers.com. “Ben and I have had many conversations, and I understood at this point in his career he is going to have to think about his long-term future. There is no question Ben wants to win [another] championship for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and we know he will do everything possible to lead our entire team to achieving that goal.”
In 2016, Roethlisberger completed 328 of 509 passes (64.4 percent) for 3,819 yards, 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games, for a 95.4 passer rating.