It’s no guarantee that Ben Roethlisberger will be the Pittsburgh Steelers starter in the 2021 season. In fact, there’s a very real chance that the quarterback’s 17-year career with the franchise could come to an end within the next few weeks.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert admitted Wednesday that Pittsburgh hasn’t come to a final decision about Roethlisberger‘s future.

“As we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Colbert said, via ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. “He reiterated to us that he wants to continue to play. We told him we have to look at this current situation.”

Roethlisberger has one year left on his contract with a $41.25 million cap hit for next season. In order for the quarterback to remain with the Steelers, his deal will have to be restructured. Roethlisberger has indicated that he’s willing to take a pay cut.

Heading into the official start of free agency, Pittsburgh is close to $15 million over the salary cap, according to Spotrac.

Despite leading the Steelers to another AFC North championship, the 38-year-old often looked his age during the 2020 NFL season. Roethlisberger’s 253.5 passing yards per game were his lowest over the course of a full season since 2012. The veteran lost three of his final four starts with eight interceptions during that stretch.

Pittsburgh was upset in the first round of the playoffs. The Steelers ranked 25th in total offense.

Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins are behind Roethlisberger on the Steelers’ depth chart. Both signal-callers have played poorly when given the chance to start.

Rudolph became Pittsburgh’s starter in 2019 after Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2. Rudolph has thrown for 15 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and an 82.7 passer rating in the last two seasons.

The Washington Football Team made Haskins a first-round pick in the 2019 draft. With more interceptions than touchdowns and multiple violations of team rules, Haskins was released before last season ended.

If Roethlisberger is released or retires, the Steelers could look for their next quarterback in free agency or through a trade. A few marquee quarterbacks, including Deshaun Watson, could potentially be had at the right price.

The Steelers own the 24th overall pick in the 2021 draft. The top quarterback prospects are expected to be off the board by the time Pittsburgh makes its first selection.

NFL free agency officially starts on March 17.

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Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers jogs to the locker room during halftime at Paul Brown Stadium on December 21, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images