Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

Height: 6' 5"Weight: 240 lbsAge: 35College: Miami (OH)Drafted: #11 (1st Rd. by Pittsburgh)

2017 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
14th easiest for QBs
Draft Rank (ECR) #88
Best / Worst #41 / #117
ADP #88


Ben Roethlisberger 'seriously' considered retiring this offseason

During an episode of Pro Football Talk Live Tuesday, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was "seriously considering retiring before ultimately deciding to play" in 2017. “I got to sit down and talk to him and one thing he told me is he did take it seriously,” Colon said via PFT Live. “He’s dealt with a lot of injuries.”

Fantasy Impact

It appears that Roethlisberger's retirement talk this offseason was more serious than what was originally conceived. However, because the 35-year-old signal caller ultimately decided to return for the 2017 season, all is well in Pittsburgh, but for how long? Roethlisberger, who has battled injuries throughout his career and takes a beating on the field due to his style of play, isn't getting any younger. Perhaps his time in the NFL is coming to an end sooner rather than later. It could be time for the Steelers to begin planning for a life without Roethlisberger. Granted, they selected Josh Dobbs in the fourth round of April's draft, but is he the future? The answer to that question will not come in the preseason. It will be answered in the regular season if Roethlisberger, who has missed six games since 2015, is sidelined at any point during the campaign, and Dobbs is given the shot to play over Landry Jones.

Ben Roethlisberger will return for 2017 season

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the media he will return for the 2017 season.

Fantasy Impact

After contemplating retirement following January's loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Roethlisberger announced Friday that he will return for his 14th NFL season in 2017. The 35-year-old signal caller, whose battled injuries throughout his career, could have the best arsenal of weapons at his disposal that he's ever played with in the previous 13 seasons. The Steelers retained both Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown this offseason, plus, Ladarius Green's health could finally be intact by training camp. Also, if Martavis Bryant's suspension is lifted, and its fully expected to be, Pittsburgh's offense could evolve into an even greater juggernaut. Currently, Roethlisberger is in the low-end QB1 conversation for the upcoming fantasy football campaign, but will likely move up a tier once Bryant is reinstated.

Ben Roethlisberger 'leaning towards' playing in 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the media he's "leaning towards" playing in 2017.

Fantasy Impact

After giving the Steelers a scare following the team's loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game when he said he might retire this offseason, the 35-year-old signal caller told the media he'll likely return for the 2017 season. That comes to no surprise as many of the media-elite believed Roethlisberger was just "blowing off steam" after the crushing defeat. At this point, expect Roethlisberger to be on the field (for the Steelers) in Week 1.

Ben Roethlisberger unlikely to retire

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II told the media he "had a good conversation" with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger recently and that he expects the signal caller to return in 2017.

Fantasy Impact

Following Pittsburgh's deflating loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game, Roethlisberger told the media that he is contemplating retirement. However, Rooney II believes that Roethlisberger's remarks "might have been a reaction to the frustration of defeat, as well as any concerns about his age." Roethlisberger, 34, has been showing signs of aging through the years. With a laundry list of injuries piling up on his resume. Plus, the wear and tear on his body that comes with playing 13 seasons in the NFL at his level of competitiveness, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him retire. Nevertheless, that scenario is extremely unlikely. Expect Roethlisberger under center for Pittsburgh in 2017.

Ben Roethlisberger pondering retirement

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told 93.7 the Fan he's "not ready to commit to playing" football in 2017. Roethlisberger later added that he'll "consider his options then decide" on his playing future.

Fantasy Impact

Pittsburgh's fan base, the team's front office and Roethlisberger's teammates are holding their breath in the wake of the signal caller's comments Tuesday that leads me to believe he's pondering retirement. Roethlisberger, 34, is at the back end of his career with a laundry list of injuries beginning to pile up on his resume -- he's missed six games in the past two years putting his durability in question moving forward. However, he is coming off of a season in which he threw for his most touchdown passes (29) since 2014 and despite losing, led the Steelers to the 2016-2017 AFC Conference Championship Game -- Pittsburgh hasn't missed the playoffs since 2013. Players, especially the prominent, have contemplated retirement in recent seasons, with most returning the following year. But the 2016 offseason proved that players do walk away with some thread left on the tires -- see Marshawn Lynch and Calvin Johnson. If Roethlisberger elects to hang up his cleats, his departure would leave a tremendous void at quarterback for the Steelers and open up the door for a possible acquisition of Tony Romo from Dallas. Romo to the Steelers? That would be a match made in heaven as they have the pieces in place to not only win now but also protect Romo with one of the best offensive lines in the league.