Ben Roethlisberger returning in 2022 would be beneficial to Bengals

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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The Cincinnati Bengals might not be the worst team in the AFC North this year. That “honor” could very well go to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

While the other three teams in the division got better (including the Bengals, of course), the Steelers got much worse. They lost key players on both sides of the ball and in spite of that, decided to draft a running back in the first round.

Well, things could continue to spiral downward for the Steelers, as it hasn’t been ruled out that this is Ben Roethlisberger‘s final year in the Steel City.

If Big Ben keeps playing, the Cincinnati Bengals can avoid last place in the division.

Look, Bengals fans know how good Roethlisberger once was. His 24-8 record against the Bengals shows how dominant he and the Steelers have been against this team since he entered the league in 2004. The fact of the matter is that Big Ben isn’t the same guy he used to be and that tends to happen with age.

Roethlisberger’s Steelers might have roared off to an 11-0 start last year but they crumbled down the stretch and Big Ben played a role in that. He finished last season with measly average yards per attempt of 6.3 yards and it’s become clear that he can no longer stretch the field like he was once able to. This is especially concerning now because the Steelers have one of the best receiver rooms in the league.

Big Ben playing in Pittsburgh in 2022 might not be up to him, but rather the front office. Retirement has surrounded his name over the past few years, especially with the injuries piling up and the arm strength/consistency going down but he’s stayed with the team.

If Roethlisberger is back with the Steelers in 2022, not only will they have the worst quarterback in the division but they could be a lock to land in the basement of the division.

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While the Bengals, Browns, and Ravens have improved this offseason, the Steelers have not. Unless they’re able to land someone like Aaron Rodgers or Deshaun Watson (lawsuits pending), this is a team that could be worse than Cincinnati in the division, so Bengals fans are hoping that Roethlisberger keeps sticking around.