Buccaneers: Ben Roethlisberger return shows Bucs’ good fortune
By Rob Leeds
Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t aged well. On the other hand, the Buccaneers know that Tom Brady doesn’t age at all.
Somehow, the Buccaneers have gone from the laughing stock of the NFL over the past decade to one of the most stable positions in the league with one signing. Who would’ve thought that a 43-year old Tom Brady would be all that Tampa needed for stability at the position?
As the rest of the league watches the old guard creep towards retirement, Tom Brady is still playing at an unreal level. All-time great players like Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger have openly contemplating retirement while their fanbases wait with bated breath, all while the Bucs may actually extend Brady. This has to be a simulation.
Maybe the TB12 diet is all that. Perhaps Brady is a robot. Whatever the explanation, teams across the league that have been set at quarterback in the past are having to question their future
while the Bucs sit atop the league.
The Buccaneers can’t relate to these problems
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Earlier today, the Steelers made it clear that Roethlisberger is going to remain with the team. It’s not like the Steelers had many other options picking so late in the draft, but the fans still aren’t ecstatic at the notion. The comments on Twitter show a fanbase that is mostly ready to move on from the 38-year old Roethlisberger, and the same comments surround the Drew Brees hashtag as well.
Roethlisberger and Brees are two of the best players to ever play for their respective franchises, yet everyone watching knows it’s time to move on. Both quarterbacks struggled at various points in the recent season, and chasing Brady to playing at his age isn’t advisable for anyone else.
While the Bucs should reap the benefits of playing against Drew Brees if he stays, the Steelers will now be one less team to worry about in the playoffs. A defense that could’ve given Tampa Bay difficulties is hamstrung by the decision to show loyalty to a player past their prime, and all the Buccaneers can do is smile and watch Brady continue to define his legacy as the GOAT.
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