NFL insider John Clayton joined The PM Team on 93.7 The Fan on Wednesday, and shared a surprising opinion on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
When asked about the recent narrative that the Steelers may take a quarterback in this year’s draft, Clayton said he believes Roethlisberger still has two more seasons in him.
Specifically, Clayton thinks Roethlisberger will return to the Steelers again in 2022.
Roethlisberger and the Steelers agreed to a one-year deal on March 4 with the consensus belief that 2021 will be his final season.
If he were to come back for another campaign in 2022, Roethlisberger would join a small fraternity of quarterbacks to play past age 40.
Only Tom Brady has found success, having won two Super Bowls since turning 40 years old.
Brady’s success should not necessarily breed optimism that Roethlisberger can find the same. Brady is the exception, not the rule.
Roethlisberger had a fine season statistically in 2020, passing for 3,803 yards and 33 touchdowns with ten interceptions, but saw his play dip as the team dropped five of six games to close the year.
A two-time Super Bowl champion, Roethlisberger is the Steelers’ all-time leader in passing yards (60,349), touchdowns (396), completions (5,050) and wins (156).