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Around the AFC North: Ben Roethlisberger wants to play 3 more years

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Ben Roethlisberger could have retired last season, but now he wants to play three more seasons.

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Week after week, the AFC North is always producing news, and this week, the Ravens get in on it, though probably not the way they’d hope for though.

Ben Roethlisberger did a complete 180 on his stance of retiring as he enters the offseason.

First, the Ravens are dealing with their rookie corner Marlon Humphrey allegedly getting arrested for robbing an Uber driver of one of his chargers. It really is a silly thing for a pro football player to do and that is the defense his lawyer is banking on, according to Edward Lee and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

“Marlon has 11 million reasons not to steal a … phone charger,” Humphrey’s attorney, Paul Patterson, said.

“Marlon has not had an opportunity to tell his side of the story,” Patterson said. “The Uber driver makes a lot of allegations in that report that simply are not true. Fortunately for Marlon, we have eyewitnesses who are willing to testify about what accurately transpired between Marlon and the Uber driver.”

The 11 million is obviously a reference to Humphrey’s rookie contract with the Ravens, and it is a good thing for Humphrey that he has eyewitnesses who will back him up. If anything, this will probably end up being a lesson for the rookie to always travel with someone, or to just have a buddy drive him next time.

Last offseason, Roethlisberger said he seriously considered retirement, and it was met as a huge joke of a statement. Although, I believe he is probably closer to retirement than people think. He will be 36 next season, and he has accumulated a ton of hits over his time in the NFL.

Now, reports are surfacing that he wants to play at least three more seasons. That seems like a bigger joke to me than him retiring last season. These guys aren’t machines, and their bodies will decline sooner rather than later.

I’m sure Roethlisberger would love to play that long, and he very well could, but those last few years may not be exactly what he expects them to be.

I mean, it is sad to watch a great quarterback decline. Remember watching Peyton Manning trot out there knowing full well he could barely throw over 20 yards? We are still waiting for Tom Brady to decline at the age of 40.

Still, Roethlisberger has taken way more hits than Brady has over his career. It will be super weird to imagine someone else under center for the Steelers when Roethlisberger does hang it up. He has been the face of the franchise for so long, and he has survived several different eras of this team.

They have gone from being a defensive juggernaut that relied on their ground game to win to being the team that relies on their offense to win shootouts.