Pittsburgh Steelers: Hard to fault Ben Roethlisberger if he wants traded

Yesterday’s news from NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport that suggested Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may seek a trade during the offseason came as a bit of a surprise, but it wasn’t really that shocking.

Roethlisberger has every right to be unhappy with the direction the organization has been heading the past couple of seasons and I see no problem with him asking to be traded if he thought that was the best course of action.

Nov 3, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) reacts during the second half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Now both Roethlisberger and the Steelers have openly denied Rapaport’s story, which is typical for both sides, especially at this point in the season.

Deep down inside Big Ben may want traded, but he doesn’t want to cause a distraction, or does ownership want to deal with questions the rest of the season, knowing that even if they wanted to trade Roethlisberger, they can’t do anything about it until the offseason anyway.

My initial reaction is that even though both sides were quick to get in front of this story, there has to be a little something to it.

A credible reporter such as Rapaport isn’t just going to make a story like that up. It may not be as serious of an issue as he made it out to be, but he isn’t going to run with a story like that unless he had sources and believed some of it to be true.

And if any of it has any merit, I say good for Roethlisberger.

Now I see very little chance that Big Ben won’t be in a Steelers uniform next season or the foreseeable future, but I have no problem with him speaking out and showing his displeasure.

This is an organization that has quickly gone from a Super Bowl team to a team with holes at almost every position on the football field.

Roethlisberger knows you need talent to win and the Steelers simply don’t have it. Even worse, they have been so cash strapped lately that they haven’t been able to add quality talent even if they wanted to.

That’s a problem that’s not going away any time soon.

On the field Roethlisberger takes a beating week in and week out. The Steelers have tried to upgrade the offensive line but have failed. Is he supposed to just sit there and get his butt kicked for a few more years until the problem is finally solved?

There’s also the fact that his weapons have been taken away.

He can’t be happy that some team’s third and fourth wide receivers are more talented than the Steelers second option?

The bottom line is that Roethlisberger has been a winner his entire career and has to be completely frustrated with not only how the team is performing on the field, but how the front office is performing off it.

For years now Steelers’ general manager Kevin Colbert has not drafted well and we are seeing the culmination of all of that now.

Roethlisberger likely has four or five more years at best playing at a high level. Can you blame him to not want to be a part of a rebuilding process?

For him, a trade would make sense if he could go to a place when he would have a chance to win another ring or two before it is all said and done.

For the Steelers it may make sense also.

Roethlisberger is their one true trade chip that could net them quite a few picks. Assuming they would use them wisely, it could go a long way in adding talent to this team.

Despite their win against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, there isn’t much in terms of talent that would make you think this is a quick one year fix. Given their salary cap issues, it could be another two or three years before this team is back to where it could contend for the Vince Lombardi Trophy year in and year out.

By that time Big Ben’s career would be all but finished.

At the end of the day though I don’t think there is much to this story and I would hate to see Roethlisberger in another uniform to finish his career.

But I certainly couldn’t blame him much if he did want out.

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  • bk

    You make a lot of valid points..it would be hard to see him go, but, what kind of shape will he be in next year or the year after (earliest I can forsee another run to the SB would be 2015 if they can draft better and get a few FA’s)… Montana & Favre were traded late in their careers when they were icon’s, but where would Ben go to have a legitimate shot… Arizona? Houston?

    • Rick Eger

      Montana and Farve had H.O.F. back ups and they were at the end of their careers .

      • SamyyCiao

        Get back in your basement and off the internet!

        • SamyyCiao

          Hey stalker – you better hope like hell I don’t find out who you are – becasue you going to jail with the rest of your butt buddies!

    • Matt Gajtka

      Tough to talk about rebuilding in the NFL, which is designed to allow quick turnarounds. I think they’d be wise to get all they can out of Ben, since QBs of his caliber don’t come around too often.

      • Rick Eger

        Every down a Steeler…

        • SamyyCiao

          That dial up internet you have is real slow – guess that is all you can afford on welfare!

    • Rick Eger

      The 49er’s had Steve Young sitting out the best years of his career and the Packers had Rodgers…..who do the Steelers have? Laundry Jones?

  • Rick Eger

    At the end of the day you’re an @sshole…

    • SamyyCiao

      Your the ass – and real stupid also – get off this board and go back under your rock in your Mother’s basement!

      • Rick Eger

        It’s a free board jerk Oh I forgot you party with Ben!

        • SamyyCiao

          Time for to go to work and make the Big Mac’s and Fries!

          • Rick Eger

            Then get your ass moving!

        • SamyyCiao

          ricky time for your med’s again

      • Rick Eger

        Crawl back down your old man’s pants!

        • SamyyCiao

          good one – show you you like men HAHAHA – now back to the basement your time on the internet is done for the day LOL

          • Guest

            Here’s something hew an internet BIG MOUTH..

          • SamyyCiao

            ricky you ass why do you need to bring you fake lover – eeryone knows thiis is you asshole!

          • Rick Eger

            I her you have a blow up doll..

          • Rick Eger

            My God SamyyCiao internet tough guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Rick Eger

        I TOLD YOU SAMMY…..GET OFF OF YOUR MOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • SamyyCiao

          Hey bring you Mommy down to the Steeler game we can use her as a blocking dummy – you too!

          • Rick Eger

            Anybody can be a tough guy over the internet, you need help….or prison.

          • Rick Eger

            I’ll use you for target practice

          • SamyyCiao

            Thank you I have been waiting for this comment – this is your true criminal nature – I am turning this over to the Pittsburgh Police and the Pa State Troppers!

          • Rick Eger

            Oh please no…………….

          • Rick Eger

            And I’ll turn this one over…..

      • Rick Eger

        Crawl back into your hole……douchenozzle.

    • SamyyCiao

      But I do not live in Altonaa and have a fake lover who you bring along with as a visitor on this board asshole. Your women laugh at you face and size – LOL!

      • Rick Eger

        You can’t even spell you MORON…

  • Rick Eger

    Get a clue pal he don’t want too leave Pittsburgh….

    • SamyyCiao

      Right – Art Rooney had Tom;in fire Arians his best friend – their is some truth to the rumor of Ben want to go the Cards! Who would want to play for Art he is not Dan Rooney!

      • Rick Eger

        What gives you the idea Bruce Arians is Bens best friend? They worked well together but co ordinators come and go all the time. Do you believe every rumor you hear?…..here’s one for ya The Patriots are going too trade Tom Brady….too the Cleveland Browns because Bill Bellichick used too be their couch and feels he owes them !

        • SamyyCiao

          Your a real dummy – they bourgh bought vacation home in GA right next to each other – I partied with them in Pittsburgh a few times – get off this board – you have no clue what the F you are talking about!

          • Rick Eger

            Yea sure you did and Vince Lombardi was my uncle……you’re the @ss

          • SamyyCiao

            You live with Rick – you his lover?

          • Rick Eger

            Oh I forgot you party with Ben…..lol

          • SamyyCiao

            Your face has shit on it stalker – your a town blows just like you!

          • Rick Eger

            I gotta watch out for you and Big Ben…

          • Rick Eger

            (you can’t even spell)…

          • SamyyCiao

            Stalker from Altonaa a asshole of a town

          • SamyyCiao

            Prision seems the best place for a stalker like you

          • Guest

            GET OFF THIS BOARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • SamyyCiao

            Dummy – you have no cllue what you are talking about – you just want to see yourself in print now go back down in Mom’s basement idiot!

          • Rick Eger

            What you’re ashamed too show your ugly face?

          • SamyyCiao

            If I had a face like you I would never go thats why you live in you Mother’s basement!

          • Rick Eger

            Lets see a picture of you and Ben?

          • SamyyCiao

            Your a real odd duck wanting men’s picture – stalker!

          • Rick Eger

            And you’re a f@ggot!

          • Rick Eger

            Part of Ben’s posse..lol..

          • Rick Eger

            You live in a fantasy world where you’re friends with famous athletes …

          • SamyyCiao

            Why would I show a ass like you that – you suck

          • Rick Eger

            GET OFF YOUR MOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • SamyyCiao

            Hey your Mom’s so fat you have to roll her in flour and look for >>>>>>

          • SamyyCiao

            Stupid Rick is this your make believe lover

          • Rick Eger

            Why sure you did you’re a big boy…..Vince Lombardi was my gardener’s brother in law!

          • Rick Eger

            They bourgh huh?

      • Rick Eger

        You’re a real @sshole!!!!!!!!!!! now go back downstairs and stay off this board!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • SamyyCiao

          Real orginal dummy

          • Rick Eger

            You are the original dummy! I bet you’re what 14?

          • Rick Eger

            Oh I forgot……friends with Ben….lol.

    • SamyyCiao

      Back in basement and take your med’s!

  • SamyyCiao

    Seem Rick is a first clas stalker of men – you can get all yiou want of that by turning yourself in and going to prision where I am sure you belong – stalker!

    • Rick Eger

      Are you for real? lol what a jerk!

  • SamyyCiao

    Thsi listed vistor is Rick also – stalker!

    • Rick Eger

      And Samyy’s a spoiled little boy, who can’t spell. Doesn’t have any friends except make believe ones.And thinks he’s a tough guy.

  • SamyyCiao

    And the Guest is Rick to – this ass actually came on my Yahoo site – what a punk!

    • Rick Eger

      Yahoo is your site? lol get a life. Candy @ss.

  • SamyyCiao

    And my Fox comments – STALKER!

  • SamyyCiao

    I bet there are warrents out for his arrest in Western Pa for stalking men!

    • SamyyCiao

      They can fix that bad habit real fast in the State Pen!

      • Rick Eger

        You should know about prison…

    • Rick Eger

      Ewwww I’m so scared….