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Steelers GM Addresses Eli Manning, Philip Rivers Comparisons To Big Ben

Eli Manning and Philip Rivers shake hands after a game.

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 08: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants and Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers come together at the conclusion of the game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Giants 37-14. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers entered the NFL together in 2004. Eli just retired and Rivers is looking for a new team after 16 seasons with the Chargers, but Ben is slated to be the Steelers' starter once again in 2020.

Roethlisberger will be 38 next month and missed most of the 2019 season with an elbow injury. It is obvious to question his durability at this juncture of his career. However, the Steelers insist they're not worried about entering next season with him as their starting quarterback.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert was asked today about the organization's commitment to Roethlisberger and how he compares to his constituents in the class of 2004. Basically, the Steelers believe Roethlisberger still has what it takes to lead their offense. The Chargers clearly didn't feel that way about Rivers anymore, as they're allowing him to enter free agency.

The same could be said for the Giants, who benched Eli in Week 3 in favor of Daniel Jones. Manning elected to retire rather than potentially play elsewhere in 2020.

In 2018, Roethlisberger started all 16 games for Pittsburgh. He led the NFL in completions (452), attempts (675) and passing yards (5,129) as the Steelers went 9-6-1.

Having watched Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges perform in place of Big Ben last fall, we don't fault the Steelers for sticking with their guy. Neither of those guys are a franchise-caliber quarterback.

Roethlisberger is set to be a free agent after the 2021 season.