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Old 04-15-2010, 09:50 AM   #1
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Source: Steelers would explore trade for Roethlisberger
By Jason La Canfora | NFL.com



The Pittsburgh Steelers have had no dialogue with other teams about dealing embattled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but lots of internal discussions about the matter, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

According to the source, ownership remains dismayed and embarrassed by Roethlisberger's actions in a Georgia college town this offseason as well as a string of other offseason incidents they find troubling, and have been monitoring the public backlash against Roethlisberger closely.

"The Rooneys are livid," the source said.

Steelers President Art Rooney, II will meet with the media Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET to discuss the Roethlisberger situation, but is not expected to make an announcement regarding and sort of suspension or Punishment for Roethlisberger.

Pittsburgh's front office has talked internally about possible trade scenarios that could be feasible and what makes sense for them moving forward, and, according to a source, if other teams called about Roethlisberger they would listen intently.

The Steelers could envision several scenarios that make sense for them but are skeptical about other teams taking on Roethlisberger, given his baggage. However, they also realize his contract is very tradeable in an uncapped year, with the bonuses already paid and Roethlisberger signed for six more years at a very manageable salary for a franchise QB ($8.05 million in 2010; $11.6 million per year from 2011-2014, and $12.1 million in 2015).

In particular, the Steelers are highly enamored with likely first-overall pick Sam Bradford. They view him as essentially a sure-thing franchise quarterback and have considered what it would take to move to first overall in a trade with the Rams, according to a source. They know executing a move that high up would be highly difficult and figure the Rams have limited interest in Roethlisberger.

Team officials are not worried about how Roethlisberger's return will impact the locker room and how teammates will handle it. The Rooneys' concern is born of the history and prestige of their franchise, the recent fan backlash and public perception about Roethlisberger and their belief that no player is bigger than the team.

However, the source noted that this is not "a Santonio Holmes situation," alluding to Pittsburgh dumping the talented but troubled receiver for a fifth-round pick over the weekend with him facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

"This is not a case of having to get rid of this guy,'" the source said. "There would have to be fair value."

Roethlisberger, selected 11th overall in 2004, has performed at an elite level for the Steelers. He is among the winngest quarterbacks ever for his age and already possesses two Super Bowl rings. His size, improvisational skills, ability to escape the rush to make plays, absorb hits and deliver the ball to all parts of the field make him among the very best in the league.

Should Roethlisberger have another off-field misstep, however, his Steelers career would likely be over, according to team and league sources. And, if a legitimate trade scenario materialized, that end could come much sooner.

Teams that are not committed long-term to a starting quarterback include: Buffalo, Cleveland, Oakland, St. Louis, San Francisco, Denver, Carolina, Seattle, Arizona. The Steelers refused to entertain dealing Holmes within the division and that would apply with Roethlisberger as well. A trade would likely have to involve a quarterback or put the Steelers in position to draft one they like (Pittsburgh is high on its young back-up, Dennis Dixon, however).

Finding the right deal is remote, they know, but not necessarily impossible.
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:52 AM   #2
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Me thinks the Cutler situation will look like a leaf falling off of a tree in comparison to the nuclear firestorm if Rothlisbanger gets traded...


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It just makes me wish the Broncos could somehow get Sam Bradford. That dude has changed my mind during the offseason.
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Is he pouting yet? Will he answer the phone call? Is he gonna go to ....um.....Ohio and just stay there? Will he be traded to........the Miami ESPNers? Stay tuned. The next episode of "As the Worm Turns" will return.....
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:56 AM   #6
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Que up Al Davis.....He LOVES this kind of player.

Unfortunately Rotty IS a player....and he just seems to have
a magic ability to pull wins out of his butt late in games.

Hopefully the Raiders and KC don't have enough left in their
draft/player/cash cupboards to pull anything like this off.
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Is he pouting yet? Will he answer the phone call? Is he gonna go to ....um.....Ohio and just stay there? Will he be traded to........the Miami ESPNers? Stay tuned. The next episode of "As the Worm Turns" will return.....

Be real. He will simply lock himself into a bathroom with one of his body guards out front...


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Old 04-15-2010, 09:57 AM   #8
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Orton and Quinn for Ben, straight up.
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I guarantee that the Steelers won't get ripped for two years straight for trading a franchise QB with two SB's.
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I said this yesterday. Reading that the Rooney's are livid lets me think that they are in the small camp that wants him gone which means he will be traded come draft day. Rumors are out there that the Rams will offer the first pick in the draft for him.
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Que up Al Davis.....He LOVES this kind of player.

Unfortunately Rotty IS a player....and he just seems to have
a magic ability to pull wins out of his butt late in games.

Hopefully the Raiders and KC don't have enough left in their
draft/player/cash cupboards to pull anything like this off.
when the steelers trade superbowl mvp's for 5th rounders, any deal can probably be worked out.

the raiders would be a good fit....dammit
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I guarantee that the Steelers won't get ripped for two years straight for trading a franchise QB with two SB's.
I'll gladly take a team of players with Cutler's problems and issues over having to cheer for Big Ben.
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You do know Cutler has diabetes, right?
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You do know Cutler has diabetes, right?
YesI do. I hold people with diabetes in a much different light then guys that rape people. I am one of those weird people like that.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:11 AM   #15
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YesI do. I hold people with diabetes in a much different light then guys that rape people. I am one of those weird people like that.

What if its rapist diabetes?


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Old 04-15-2010, 10:14 AM   #17
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Good Lord, don't they know what that would do to the mock drafts!? Why doesn't anyone ever consider the mock drafts before they act!??
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Then I don't know what to think.
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I can't put into words how much I respect the Rooney family.

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I just hope that, wherever he goes, the televisions are all in pristine working condition.
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Boy... He'd look great in Broncos uniform. That said, I can't imagine how we'd be able to get him.
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I truly hope Ben gets traded. Maybe it will shut up the Jaime Ducks and the Brian Brokenfingers of the world.
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To hit on a ticket at the track and parlay it into a NFL franchise is beyond awesome.

I would have probably blown it on motorcycles, women and the drink.
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