It appears that the end of an era for the Pittsburgh Steelers will be coming to an end.
According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Ben Roethlisberger is privately telling people within the organization and those close to him that he expects this to be his final season as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Roethlisberger, who is in the final year of his contract and in his 18th season in the NFL, is not expected to publicly discuss his future because he does not want to take away any attention from the team as the Steelers make a late-season push for the playoffs.
Roethlisberger will turn 40 years old before next season.
While the option could be there for Roethlisberger to sign with another NFL team for the 2022-23 season, it is believed to be “highly unlikely.” Roethlisberger has previously said he wants to retire as a Steeler and does not want to play for another team.
Roethlisberger, a future Hall of Famer, ranks fifth in NFL history in career wins (161), sixth in NFL history in passing yards (62,870), and eighth in NFL history in career touchdown passes (410).
Big Ben is a two-time Super Bowl Champion, the 2004 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, two-time NFL passing yards leader, and a 6-time Pro Bowler during his time in the league.