GM Kevin Colbert says Steelers prepared to start thinking about life without Roethlisberger: ‘I’d hate to say he’s in the late stage’

GM Kevin Colbert says Steelers prepared to start thinking about life without Roethlisberger: ‘I’d hate to say he’s in the late stage’

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert admitted that the team has begun to think about a replacement for Ben Roethlisberger.

Drafted in 2004, Roethlisberger, who will be 35 on Thursday, isn’t the young kid anymore.

“You always have to be prepared to select a quarterback at some point, and he’s aware of that,” Colbert said, via Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

“We’ve talked about it. He understands that, if we add a guy into the mix. We’ll do that at some point.”

“I’d hate to say he’s in the late stage, because I hope he plays forever,” Colbert said. “But you know, he is getting older. He’s getting better. He was hit less this year than any other year in his career. So chances are that he will extend his career, maybe, but we don’t know how long he’ll will go.”