Batch: Big Ben Will Play At Least Three More Seasons

Charlie Batch doesn't see Ben Roethlisberger slowing down any time soon

Tiki and Tierney
August 06, 2019 - 7:50 pm

In March, Ben Roethlisberger turned 37. In April, he signed a two-year extension with the Steelers that will keep him in Pittsburgh though the 2021 season.

Ultimately, how many more seasons will he play?

“I think three easy,” former NFL quarterback and current Steelers analyst Charlie Batch said on Tiki & Tierney. “I think as long as Tom Brady is going, 42 or 43 – can (Ben) play six or seven more years?”

Maybe, maybe not, but the CBA has – and will – play a factor in that.

“A lot of that has to play into the new collective bargaining agreement,” Batch said. “There’s no longer two-a-days. Guys in camp aren’t getting sore arms like they once did back in the day. These guys have a walk-through in the morning, having a great practice throughout the one-a-days throughout training camp. Guys are fresh, and the coaches are doing a nice job of giving Ben that every third day off to make sure he’s fresh from the midway point into the end of the season – something that’s worked over the last couple of years for him.”

Roethlisberger threw for a career-high – and NFL-high – 5,129 yards last season to go with 34 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He will be without Antonio Brown for the first time since 2009, but JuJu Smith-Schuster is a more than capable No. 1 option.

“He’s ready for it,” Batch said of JuJu. “He’s like a sponge right now. He’s absorbing any information he can possibly get, and what he’s been doing over the last couple days is working a lot with Santonio Holmes, former Super Bowl MVP. Working on releases, making sure he’s capable of taking on those double teams – something that he really hasn’t done before. The success he’s had over the last two years, he always had Antonio Brown on the opposite side, so that’s a huge question mark for him heading into this season.”

Smith-Schuster caught 111 balls for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns last year. The Steelers open the season on the road against the Patriots on Sept. 8.