The Pittsburgh Steelers have benefited from a pretty solid starting quarterback for almost a decade since drafting Ben Roethlisberger in the first round in 2004. He’s brought them two Super Bowl trophies in the process. But entering his 10th NFL season, at a still relatively young 31 years of age it brings questions about their plans with quarterback Landry Jones.
Is he there to back up Ben Roethlisberger, or is he there to eventually replace Roethlisberger as former Steelers back up Charlie Batch suggests.
“I have no idea,” Jones said, via the Associated Press. “You might want to talk to the coaches or Mr. Rooney on that one, what they want to do. I’m just here to learn football. They give me an opportunity to come play.”
You would have to think that at 31 years old, Ben could be playing will 37 or 38 years old. That gives the Steelers another 6-7 seasons, and no real need to draft a successor now. But there could be concerns about his health and longevity. He has been banged up in his career not to mention the infamous motorcycle accident. He might not have the longevity other quarterbacks have had.
His contract does expire after the 2015 season and he could want a big contract for his final seasons that the Steelers aren’t willing to give him.