For only the second time in franchise history, the Pittsburgh Steelers may soon be tasked with the assignment of trying to replace a future Hall of Fame quarterback. The Steelers did it once before in 1984 following the retirement of two Super Bowl MVP and former league MVP Terry Bradshaw. They may have to do it again this offseason with Ben Roethlisberger reportedly telling coaches and former teammates that he anticipates this being his final year with the franchise.
Roethlisberger did not deny or confirm those reports following Sunday’s 20-19 victory. But based on the reports as well as the fact that he has no contract beyond this season, there is a very good chance Roethlisberger is currently writing the final chapter on his decorated career with the black and gold.
The Steelers have three paths to choose from in the event that Roethlisberger is not part of the team in 2022. They could reward Mason Rudolph’s patience and give him a chance to win the starting job coming out of training camp. They could sign a talented veteran who could come in and keep the Steelers in the conversation for the playoffs or even a championship. Or, they could draft a quarterback in the first round for the first time since selecting Roethlisberger with the 11th overall pick back in 2004.
While Roethlisberger and the Steelers continue to focus on the present, here are seven viable options to be Roethlisberger’s successor for the 2022 season.
Why this may happen: Despite recently turning 38, Rodgers continues to play at an exceptionally high level. The reigning league MVP is in the middle of another sterling season that includes a 9-2 record as Green Bay’s starting quarterback. Rodgers expressed his appreciation for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin before and after the Packers’ Week 4 win over the Steelers. Rodgers also spoke highly of the Pittsburgh area.
If the money is right (Rodgers would likely…