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Ex-Steeler Ike Taylor advises Ben Roethlisberger to ‘shut it down,’ says QB would be ‘picked last’ in division

Could the clock strike midnight for “Big Ben?”

Ike Taylor, former Steelers DB, gained two Super Bowls with Ben Roethlisberger as his QB, however with Roethlisberger ageing and a query mark on the QB place getting into 2021, Taylor thinks it’s excessive time for Roethlisberger to file his retirement papers.

Speaking with TMZ, Taylor supplied some recommendation to Roethlisberger: Either dangle ’em up or get to coaching.

I feel 7 (Roethlisberger) ought to shut it down. And the explanation why I feel 7 ought to shut it down, he is carried out all the pieces he might presumably can. Whatever you are asking for a quarterback to do, as many alternatives to win Super Bowls, I feel 7 did all the pieces he might do. If 7 needs to come again, 7’s gotta get on this Tom Brady regiment. He’s gotta actually hone in in the offseason and get a few of his mobility again. ‘Cause proper now in the NFL you’ll be able to’t simply be a pocket — except you bought an offensive line, like a Tom Brady — you actually cannot be a pocket quarterback, they’re turning into extinct proper now. You gotta have some sort of mobility.

And if Roethlisberger decides to lace up the cleats for an additional season?

You’re setting them again a 12 months, or two, or three. I feel the explanation why I feel you are setting them again is since you’ve seen the development in Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow earlier than he bought damage and Baker Mayfield. So we’re speaking about three younger quarterbacks in one division. Who are you gonna choose final? I’m not speaking in regards to the accolades, I’m not speaking in regards to the Super Bowl, I’m speaking about 2020. Who are you choosing final?

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Taylor strengthened that there is nothing flawed with strolling away (clearly) and acknowledged that it’s a troublesome choice for some gamers to make, each cheap statements. Taylor stated that if the Steelers resolve to run it again with Roethlisberger, then the run recreation wants to be on the forefront, with Roethlisberger taking cost.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert has been non-committal on Roethlisberger’s future in current weeks, however the group has been open to bringing Roethlisberger again in 2021 — on the proper worth. Roethlisberger presently has a cap hit of greater than $40,000,000, a hefty quantity, and the best of any QB in the NFL.

Sitting at No. 24 in the primary spherical of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Steelers additionally could have some choices to substitute Roethlisberger with a younger signal-caller of their very own, or they might select to scour the trade- and free-agent markets for a future QB.

All the choices are on the desk for Pittsburgh, however the eyes are squarely on “Big Ben” for his or her subsequent choice to be made.

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