Will these QBs hang them up?

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Have you taken a look around at the current QBs situation in the National Football League? There are obviously different tiers, styles, and especially a lot of different ages. 

There are three quarterbacks in particular who are coming into the intersection where they must decide whether it is time to stay or time to go. Those three are Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger. The only quarterback still playing in the current season is Drew Brees, who could be playing in his final game of his career when the Saints take on the Bucs. 

These three guys have been staples in the league since the early 2000s and it feels a little bizarre without the three of them playing under the seal. But times are changing and these three saw slips in their typical production. It’s hard to imagine the three of them all sticking around but it is possible that one or two come back for a season. 

QBs to Retire?

Drew Brees

Brees has at least one game left in his this season but could go as far as his team gets him. Brees had a horrible injury at the end of the season but has made a full return. It’s interesting that he has a deal with NBC Sports already lined up after his playing days and there are already rumors that the Saints will be holding a quarterback contest as soon as Brees steps out of the building.

“I feel like our next quarterback is in the building.” That’s what Payton had to say when speaking about these two guys and that shows you how highly he thinks of both of these quarterbacks. Sean knows that he’s got a good core of a football team and the quarterback doesn’t have to play Superman for them to compete for a Championship. The starting quarterback has to be able to make plays, not turn the football over, and be a good leader. I believe either of these guys could be that.”

 

Philip Rivers

Rivers retires 1/20/21

Rivers had one of his worst seasons since his rookie playing days and the Colts were knocked out of the playoffs in round one after being led by their defense and running game for most of the season. Rivers already has a gig lined up after his playing days as a high school football coach and I’m sure his 100 kids would love to see their dad stop traveling every Sunday. The GM of the Colts is being non-commital to Rivers so far this offseason. 

“I didn’t commit either way,” Ballard said. “What I told Philip was, we need to both take a month and decide what direction we go. This is after he told me, ‘Chris, I’m not 100 percent sure.’ Do we want Philip back? Yes. But I told Philip we have to go through the process. I have to do my job.”

Ben Roethlisberger 

Roethlisberger also had a down year but the Steelers were dominant for most of the year. It was clear that in his final game of the year against the Browns when he threw four interceptions that it may be time is up for Big Ben. After the game, Roethlisberger was seen sitting on the bench by himself and crying, a pretty sure-fire way to tell that a player is done in the league. 

“Well it’s gonna start between me and God,” Roethlisberger said about his future following the Steelers’ loss to the Browns last Sunday. “A lot of praying. And then, you know, a lot of talking with my family, discussions, decisions. And, you know, I still have a year left on my contract. I hope the Steelers want me back, if that’s the way we go. There’ll be a lot of discussions, but now’s not the time for that.”

By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com

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