Ben Roethlisberger is still considering retirement?

In all the hoopla of the offseason and following other franchises – most closely the Eagles and what the Browns will do with the #1 overall pick and the #12 – I have lost track that Ben Roethlisberger is considering retirement. He said this after the Steelers got squashed at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship game.

But Roethlisberger sounds like he’s coming back. In fact he so much as said he’s leaning towards coming back.

ā€œIā€™m leaning towards it,ā€ Roethlisberger said on Friday when asked about playing in 2017, via Dale Lolley of the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter.

Well, that’s good for the game of football. He will be back. He’s the player that you hear so many compare Carson Wentz to. He’s a future Hall of Famer. The game wouldn’t be quite as prominent just losing Roethlisberger on a whim to retirement. When he announces it’s official that he’s coming back, we’ll be happy to see him play at least one more season.

The door is truly wide open for the Steelers to make yet another run through the AFC North, they have the best skill players in the NFL.

Dwight Clark has ALS

Sunday nights are somber enough. I’m sitting and watching the NCAA tournament with my dad and thinking about anything but NFL football when an alert comes across my cell phone from CBS Sportsline.

Dwight Clark has been diagnosed with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease,” Clark wrote in a statement posted on his blog. “Those words are still very hard for me to say.”

The former 49ers receiver, who’s most famous for his iconic game-winning touchdown — which was later dubbed “The Catch” — against the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, said his diagnosis came after visits with six neurologists and three ALS specialists.

“While I’m still trying to wrap my head around the challenge I will face with this disease over the coming years,” Clark wrote, “the only thing I know is that I’m going to fight like hell and live every day to the fullest.”

When I first learned the game of football, my uncle often said I looked like Dwight Clark when I was young. Then I learned he made ‘The Catch’. Then he was the man in charge of building the Browns when they returned to the league in 1999.

This is sad news. I wish Dwight Clark and his family prayers and well being during this difficult time. I also have to wonder if there is a correlation between his time in the game of football and this diagnosis.

This was not some lineman you barely heard about. Clark had a long and successful career only wearing a 49ers uniform.

Foles, Warmack are Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have made a couple quiet but savvy moves early in free agency, bringing back Nick Foles on a two-year contract and signing stud guard Chance Warmack (former top 10 pick in the draft) to a one-year $2 million dollar deal.

Warmack is a road grader blocking guard; who should help in the run game and reunites with former OL coach Doug Pederson. Foles had a near MVP as the starter in Philadelphia and should Carson Wentz miss any time, he’s an excellent back-up quarterback with the experience he has.


Howie Roseman talks about trading for the pick rights to Carson Wentz

I’ve always liked Albert Breer, and he’s in podcast form now straight out of The MMQB talking about how they went and got Carson Wentz in last year’s draft.

The good dialogue starts around the 22:40 mark in the audio clip above.

To be honest it sounds like Roseman just sounds relieved to have Wentz. He compares the Eagles now to the spots the 2004 Giants, Chargers, and Steelers have put themselves in to where they’re still building around the guy they drafted back in that draft some 13+ years ago.

And the Eagles are starting to build around their guy. There are still rumors of them doing something to get Brandon Cooks from the New Orleans Saints.