Updated: Feb 16, 2022
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Ben Roethlisberger officially announced his retirement on Thursday after 18 seasons as the Steelers' quarterback, and now the organization enters territories that they haven't experienced in nearly 20 years, as they have to find a competent quarterback. And they currently don't have one on their roster with Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins. Najee Harris didn't even mention Rudolph or Haskins' name when asked who he wants the next Steelers' quarterback to be on CBS Sports HQ yesterday.
"Deshaun Watson is always in there. Aaron Rodgers, I like," Harris said. "Even guys like Jimmy G, I like him too. Just a guy that wants to come in there and compete."
With Watson's legal issues, I would be surprised if the Steelers went after him. And they don't have the draft capital to trade for Aaron Rodgers. Jimmy Garoppolo probably has the best odds, but the Steelers would have to give up at least a second-round draft pick and Garoppolo is set to earn over $25 million in 2022. That's a lot to give up for a stop-gap quarterback.
The Steelers are definitely in a tough position with Rudolph likely being their starting quarterback in 2022. It's a long offseason, however. It will be interesting to see if the Steelers have something up their sleeves and can pull something off. While Rudolph might end up being QB1 in 2022, it doesn't feel like players on the team are fully confident in that situation, which is certainly understandable. I don't even think Mike Tomlin is, as he constantly talked about quarterback mobility this past season, and Rudolph is non-mobile.