BIG BEN: Plans To Play Longer Than First Reported

Reports are saying that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger plans to play at least three more years in the NFL.

Could he be sticking around longer than that?

This according to a Sports Illustrated report saying Big Ben met with Steelers owner Art Rooney II before the free agency period began and informed him of his future plans. In addition to telling Rooney that he hoped to compete for at least three more seasons, Roethlisberger also set the stage for his fourth and potentially final contract with the team.

The 37-year-old Roethlisberger previously said he intends to play "three to five more years" despite publicly discussing retirement following the 2016 season. The veteran quarterback signed a two-year, $68-million extension before the NFL draft. He was entering his final year of a four-year, $87.4-million contract extension that was signed in 2015.

And why would he walk away when he seems as resilient as ever?

Roethlisberger led the league in pass attempts (675), completions (452) and passing yards (5,129), all of which are career highs. He also threw a career-best 34 touchdown passes.

And while that should earn him all A’s on his report card, that may not be as easy this season without his two favorite B’s—WR Antonio Brown and RB Le’Veon Bell—who are now in Oakland and New York respectively.

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