After a playoff loss to the New England Patriots, Roethlisberger said he was contemplating retirement, noting he wanted to "evaluate" all his options.
"As an organization, we have been hopeful that Ben would return this year," Tomlin said in a statement. "Ben and I have had many conversations, and I understood at this point in his career he is going to have to think about his long-term future. There is no question Ben wants to win championships for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and we know he will do everything possible to lead our entire team to achieving that goal."
While it surprises no one that Big Ben returns for another season, the Steelers must still find an eventual heir. Landry Jones is not the answer. Pittsburgh could be one of several teams with aging franchise quarterbacks to swipe one of the developmental signal-callers in the first two days of the draft, which takes place April 27-29 in Philadelphia.