Ben Roethlisberger says next years open

  • With his upcoming retirement imminent, pulled back the curtain Wednesday as it relates to talking about the future. Barring a win and a win over the , Sunday's road game against the will be the final game in an 18-year career for Roethlisberger, who on Monday night capped off his career at Heinz Field with an emotional win over the .Roethlisberger said that he has already spoken to former teammates about the transition he is about to make. Roethlisberger expre sed optimism in the future of Pittsburgh's offense, a unit that includes running back , tight end and receivers and . Roethlisberger was also asked about quarterback , who at this time would be the likely player to succeed Roethlisberger as Pittsburgh's next starting quarterback."He works really hard," of Rudolph, whose only start this season was Pittsburgh's Week 10 against the . "He's smart, he understands what's going on. I think that it's just the repetition. ... I think this offseason, probably knowing that there's going to be a competition for it, I think that's going to be good for him."It's probably pretty hard to wrap your mind around what do I have to do to be a starter when there's an old, veteran guy ahead of you. So I think that that could do wonders for him this offseason." Pick Six Newsletter Crafted By The Best NFL Experts Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings. I agree to receive the "Pick Six Newsletter" and marketing communications, updates, special offers (including partner offers), and other information from CBS Sports and the Paramount family of companies. By pre sing sign up, I confirm that I have read and agree to the . Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe. Thanks for signing up! Keep an eye on your inbox. Sorry! There was an error proce sing your subscription. The 76th overall pick in the 2018 , Rudolph did not make his regular-season debut until Week 2 of the 2019 season when Roethlisberger sustained a season-ending elbow injury. In 10 games that season, Rudolph completed 62.2% of his pa ses with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions and went 5-3 as a starter. Rudolph has appeared in just three games (with two starts) since the 2019 season. He threw for 315 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Pittsburgh's lo s in Cleveland in the final game of the 2020 regular season. Against the Lions, Rudolph was 30 of 50 for 242 yards with a touchdown and an interception.Rudolph has been in position battles throughout his career. This past offseason, he beat out to be Roethlisberger's primary backup. This summer, Rudolph will likely get the chance to make his case to be the Steelers' Week 1 starter. The only scenario where that may not happen would be in the event that the Steelers are able to acquire either or , a suming both players don't remain with their current clubs. Steelers fans have at least one more game with Roethlisberger under center before Pittsburgh begins the proce s of finding its next starting quarterback. They are surely hoping that it won't take as long for the Steelers to find Roethlisberger's long-term succe sor as it did after Terry Bradshaw retired following the 1983 season. Among others, the Steelers had Mark Malone, Bubby Brister, Neil O'Donnell, Mike Tomczak, Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox under center before Roethlisberger took the reins in 2004.