first_imgSteelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return from elbow surgery in time for the start of the 2020 season. But, at 38 years old, he probably won’t be under center in Pittsburgh for much longer.A long-shot solution would be signing free agent Jameis Winston to back up Big Ben for a year or two before taking over. Winston was recently let go by the Buccaneers to make way for Tom Brady. The idea is far-fetched for two reasons: Winston is likely too good to be a reserve, and he likely won’t want to leave money on the table. Despite his erratic play, he did lead the league last year in passing yards (5,109) and has the background of being a No. 1 overall pick. But that hasn’t stopped former Steelers coach Bill Cowher from endorsing the move.IYER: Why Winston to Pittsburgh rumors make sense“I think it’s a great fit,” Cowher told Boomer Esiason on CBS Radio earlier this week.“If he’s willing to accept that one year sitting behind Ben. And maybe it’s two years.” Roethlisberger had been solid for the Steelers until his injury early last year, though his production was aided by since-departed stars Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.Mason Rudolph is currently Roethlisberger’s primary backup. Winston would likely represent a significant upgrade from Rudolph, particularly if time on the sideline allows him to polish his game.”A whole new setting with a chance to reinvent himself would be a good thing for him,” Cowher said. “But it’s got to be in the right place.”last_img