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Betting on Ben Roethlisberger’s NFL Future After 2021
Ben Roethlisberger will go down as one of the best Pittsburgh Steelers players of all time when he decides to retire.
He is coming into his 17th season, and his contract is set up for it to be his last. Big Ben and the Steelers had a disappointing end to the 2020 season, being eliminated by the Browns in the first round of the playoffs.
The Steelers’ quarterback is ready for another season in 2021, but it could be his very last. You can find this specific bet at BetOnline and place your bet on what you think will happen with Big Ben after the 2021 season.
Odds for Ben Roethlisberger to Retire After 2021
The odds favor this being the Steelers quarterback’s last season.
The top NFL betting apps are offering pretty good odds, especially considering some think Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement is a foregone conclusion following the 2021 NFL season.
Right now, I would say this is pretty accurate, considering his current contract breakdown.
He is also in the range where retirement can happen at any point, even during the season. If you think Big Ben can pull out another season, you can make a solid profit with the odds for No (+200).
Of course, the pricing is respectable either way, so this is a prop worth digging into. Let’s explore both sides and gauge if Ben Roethlisberger will retire in 2022.
Why Big Ben Will Retire After 2021
The most likely thing to happen after this season is Ben Roethlisberger retiring from the NFL.
He is 39 years old, and his 2021 season will be his 18th in his career. He has two Super Bowl rings from the Steelers victory over the Cardinals in 2009, and the Seahawks in 2005.
He also has been Offensive Rookie of the Year (2004), a seven-time Pro Bowler, and two-time NFL Passing Yards Leader (2014 and 2018).
Take a look at his career stats.
- Passing yards (60,348 entering 2021)
- Passing touchdowns (396 entering 2021)
- Completions leader (5050 entering 2021)
- Completion percentage (64.4% entering 2021)
- Quarterback rating (94.0 entering 2021)
- 4th quarter comebacks (35 entering 2021)
- Game-winning drives (46 entering 2021)
He will add to his already impressive stats in the upcoming season and will be even harder to beat than the next Steelers’ great quarterback.
Big Ben has also had some issues staying healthy in recent memory, only playing 17 regular season games in the past two seasons. If he were to suffer another big injury, that could force him into retirement, depending on the severity and how he feels about making another big recovery.
Another reason why he could retire is because of his contract situation.
Big Ben is set to earn over $25 million in 2021, but his 2022 contract is voidable. That is a big indication for him to call it a career and help the Steelers on his way out.
My final reason for him retiring following the 2021 season is the Steelers move to sign young quarterback, Dwayne Haskins. Haskins had a falling out with the Redskins after being drafted in the first round (15th overall) by them in 2019.
This is a big thing that has been happening around the league.
More and more teams are trying to land their quarterback of the future with high draft picks. The Steelers took a unique route, but the purpose was the same. I would expect the Steelers to try and develop Haskins into their hopeful quarterback to take the reins over when Big Ben calls it quits.
Why Big Ben Won’t Retire After 2021
Age, health, and contract issues would easily lead Ben Roethlisberger into retirement after the 2021 NFL season. For any or all those reasons, nobody would bat an eye.
However, there are a couple of things that could keep him on the field in 2020.
One More Super Bowl Run
The Steelers’ roster is still good enough to win another Super Bowl. He could want to go out with a bang by trying to win another before he calls it quits.
Pittsburgh did have a disappointing end to their season last year, but they also started 12-0. That isn’t an easy thing to do in the NFL.
Pad His Stats
Roethlisberger could also want to make his stats even better. He may want to retire after his age 40 season instead of 39, or want to play 20 seasons in the NFL instead of 18 or 19.
His competitive drive would be the biggest factor in returning for another season. He could have extra drive when he thinks about the game’s greats and wants to ensure his Hall of Fame induction.
Betting on Ben Roethlisberger’s NFL Future
Overall, there are a lot of factors that could go into Big Ben’s retirement decision. It is a very hard thing to predict any player’s retirement timing.
Tom Brady keeps saying he might play one more year, or players like Andrew Luck surprisingly retire. It is awful to see players have career ending injuries, as well.
We also have players like Aaron Rodgers who is also near retirement age, but his problems with the Packers may make him want to play somewhere else and prove them wrong.
There are too many big factors indicating it being his last season and not enough reasons for him to stay. The Steelers restructuring his contract to be voidable in 2022 as well as investing as a solid young backup in Dwayne Haskins has me leaning heavily towards betting on retirement here.
I’m putting my money on retirement, the reasons for him playing another season are too unreliable and the odds of betting on another year aren’t super profitable either.
Take your Yes (-300) odds now, before he officially announces this as his last year and wants a farewell tour.
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