"I think I can get five, six, seven more years out of this arm and these legs."
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spoke with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, and talked about his future in the NFL. The 32-year-old didn't suggest he had a couple years left in the tank, instead he said that he's in "great shape" and that he can get another "five, six, seven more years" out of "this arm and these legs."
Roethlisberger looked to be in decline after a poor 2012 campaign, but he ended up bouncing back with an impressive but relatively low-key 2013 season. Nobody seemed to take notice, but Roethlisberger finished the 2013 season with 4,261 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions to go with his 64.2 completion percentage.
With 11 years already under his belt, Roethlisberger playing football in 2018, let alone 2021, seems pretty unlikely. He obviously has high-level play left in him at this point, but expecting that kind of longevity, especially when a big part of his game is scrambling around the pocket, is probably asking a little much of his aforementioned arm and legs.
"That would leave us with one quarterback. I would not do that."
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is adamant that he is not planning to trade quarterback Christian Ponder, as noted by Ben Goessling of ESPN. Spielman, when asked if the team could move on from Ponder, said, "That would leave us with one quarterback. I would not do that." He then added that the Vikings would need two or three quarterbacks.
It's been rumored that the Vikings are trying to trade for Sam Bradford from the St. Louis Rams, and also rumored that the team is trying to move Ponder for draft picks. Spielman is likely just trying to keep things obfuscated for the time being, or he's aware that the Vikings are unlikely to get any significant kind of compensation for Ponder.
He hasn't looked good in his time starting and would likely fetch a sixth- or seventh-round pick at best if a quarterback-needy team makes it through the upcoming NFL Draft without getting the signal caller they wanted.
"We have all the confidence in the world [Sam Bradford] will be back."
-Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams HC
While there's been talk of the Vikings possibly trying to trade for quarterback Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said on Tuesday that that Bradford is the team's starting quarterback, as noted by Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. Fisher said that the Rams "have all the confidence in the world" in Bradford.
St. Louis holds the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and it's no secret that the team is looking at quarterbacks. The Rams have visited with several potential draftees, and many believe taking a quarterback there is a very real possibility. Fisher did go on to say that the Rams are looking for a "potential backup" for Bradford. If that's the case, Bradford may get another opportunity to start in 2014, but it seems unlikely he gets much beyond that if he doesn't have a strong showing.
"We're dedicated to giving all of our players a look to find out who they are and what they're all about."
-Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks HC
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sent a message to agents around the NFL in the form of a recruiting brochure, in which he pitches the Seahawks as a great destination for unrestricted free agents. The brochure was acquired by the folks over at NFL.com.
In it, Carroll says that the Seahawks "wholeheartedly believe in competition in all aspects of our program, and the only way to compete is to show it on the field." He went on to say that the Seahawks are "dedicated to giving all of our players a look to find out who they are and what they're all about so we can field the best team possible." Seattle won the Super Bowl last season with the help of multiple late-round picks, and the Seahawks also give more preseason playing time to undrafted free agents than any other, at least according to the brochure.
"Will this mean that safety is higher on the Seahawks priority list in this week's draft?"
-Danny Kelly, Field Gulls
The Seattle Seahawks confirmed on Tuesday that safety Kam Chancellor had surgery on his hip in April. It's unclear what the problem was or the severity of the injury, but Ian Rapoport said that Chancellor "will hope" to be ready by the preseason. We don't know if that means there's a chance that's not going to happen or if it's unlikely at this point, but it's all we have to go on.
Danny Kelly of Field Gulls notes that Chancellor has dealt with injuries to the hip in the past and this could just be an opportunity for the Seahawks to nip this in the bud so it's not an issue going forward. He does ask, however, if this could mean that safety takes on a greater importance when it comes to the upcoming NFL Draft. Jeron Johnson was tendered at the second-round level earlier this offseason as well, when he hasn't played to that level, so the Seahwaks obviously wanted to keep him.