NFL insider claims ‘bad blood’ between Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly not on good terms with the team following the quarterback’s final season.

The madness of the NFL offseason really embodied didn’t have that on the BINGO Map Energy. From Russell Wilson and Tyreek Hill being traded to Tom Brady making a U-turn to retire from football, it’s been a spring full of plot twists.

The latest and perhaps most striking example of this energy sounds like Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers are in a blood relationship.

According to Steelers Beat writer Gerry Dulac, via PFT’s Mike Florio, there is allegedly “bad blood” between the Steelers and Big Ben. It seems like Roethlisberger’s retirement is the root cause, but Dulac didn’t elaborate on what the specifics were and if the bad blood remains.

The Troy in question is another Steelers icon, Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu. It’s widely believed that the Steelers forced the franchise legend and fan favorite into retirement when they realized he was no longer the player he was in his prime.

It’s not hard to draw parallels between Polamalus’ situation and the narrative surrounding Roethlisberger’s final season in Pittsburgh.

Was Ben Roethlisberger forced to retire by the Steelers?

Whether Big Ben wanted to play another season with the Steelers is irrelevant at this point. He retired late last season, and Pittsburgh used a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft on Kenny Pickett to become their prospective quarterback.

Maybe there was a reality where Roethlisberger would come back for another season if he wanted that. However, this alternate universe may be messier than the reality Steelers fans find themselves in now.

It was clear he wasn’t the player he once was, so Roethlisberger’s decision to return probably wouldn’t have stopped the Steelers from drafting Pickett with the No. 20 overall pick. This would have compounded the alleged situation last year when the Steelers ousted Big Ben, but instead of doing it quietly and seemingly amicably, Roethlisberger’s final year with the Steelers would have been more like Brett Favre’s in Green Bay.

Especially if it’s actually true that there was bad blood between Roethlisberger and the Steelers last season, it serves once more as a glowing endorsement of Mike Tomlin’s ability to keep his locker room in order and keep the drama out of the public eye put together a successful season. NFL insider claims ‘bad blood’ between Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger

John Verrall

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