The Pittsburgh Steelers do not have a clear succession plan for what happens after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retires.
But Fox Sports analyst Jay Glazer thinks the team will try to land one of the bigger name quarterbacks on the market instead of going with Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins or drafting a quarterback after Roethlisberger moves on.
“I think they’ll go after somebody. … I know they don’t want to start over from scratch with a rookie,” Glazer said on the Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday. “It’s another team that’s going to be interesting. This isn’t a great draft for quarterbacks. It’s more of the Deshaun Watsons, if Russ [Wilson] will be out there, Aaron [Rodgers], those type of guys, there’s going to be a huge market.”
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Glazer also said that he doesn’t think it’s a sure thing that Roethlisberger will definitely hang up his cleats after the 2021 season.
“It’s kind of up to Ben,” Glazer said. “As long as he wants to go, he’s going to go. [They’re] not going to push him out. Just keep going. I think they were a little surprised that he came back. If Ben wants to go, he’s going to go, but I don’t see him going back after this year.
Rudolph did not make a strong impression in his spot start against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. It’s unclear if Roethlisberger will return in time to play this Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.