Roethlisberger Reportedly “Frustrated With Direction” of Steelers, Could He Be Traded?

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When I read the following tweets from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, I was actually not shocked in the least:

 

 

I cannot blame “Big Ben” for reportedly wanting to leave the Steelers and that he is “frustrated with the direction” (via Pro Football Talk) of the team. As a franchise, Pittsburgh is a “sinking ship” right now and the Pro Bowl quarterback deserves better than what he is getting right now from the organization.

From the firing of his offensive coordinator and friend Bruce Arians, to the hiring of Todd Haley to implement a more “ground-based” offense, to the inability to draft competent offensive linemen, to the penchant for drafting “smurfish” wide receivers instead of taller pass-catchers at the tight end and wide receiver spots, I can understand why Roethlisberger would be pissed.

Plus, it doesn’t help that the Steelers are currently in a rebuilding mode, Mike Tomlin appears to have no answers for his team’s decline, the front office and coaching staff cannot identify and develop talent like they have in years past, and the team is already “cap-strapped” in terms of payroll as it is.

While it is only speculation now, the most likely of targets for “Big Ben” would be Arizona. Roethlisberger would be reunited with Arians in the desert, and being in the NFC would mean that the Steelers would only have to face him once every four seasons during regular season play. As far as compensation goes though, it would likely take a couple of first round picks, if not more, to move the two-time “Pro Bowler” and three-time “Super Bowl” winner when one takes into account the hefty price tag which the Redskins paid for the right to draft “RGIII” two seasons ago.

Before they pull the trigger on a potential deal, I just hope that the Steelers’ brass take into account the 19 season gap between Terry Bradshaw and “Big Ben” which featured a cavalcade of mediocre to downright awful signal-callers. Most of all though, I hope that they are able to receive a hefty amount of compensation for one of their best quarterbacks in franchise history.

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Arians, Pittsburgh Steelers, Todd Haley

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  • Nick Kelly

    Highly doubt it happens, mainly because of the 14 million in dead money the Steelers have, and because of the fact that they need at least a staple at on position as the Steelers move into transition

  • Justin

    I saw a headline about this on Google News and almost swallowed my tongue. I can’t blame him either when he’s on a team of junior varsity athletes and getting his clock cleaned every other down. He holds the ball too long sometimes and throws into coverage but at least he’s trying to make something happen, which is more than can be said for the rest of this squad.

    Is it possible to fire every player and coach and keep the qb?

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  • Carl Eagan

    I’m not advocating that Ben leave he’s arguably the best QB the Steeler’s have ever had. However I’ve said for weeks I wouldn’t be surprised if Ben did ask for a trade. Who wouldn’t be frustrated by the organization who won’t draft decent linemen or tall receivers? Who wouldn’t be frustrated with an organization who lied about his offensive coordinator retiring instead of just coming out and saying they didn’t like or want his style? The Steeler organization from Rooney to Tomlin need to remember Ben is the franchise player. They need to find a way to protect him by bringing in decent linemen, a coach that actually knows how to coach linemen, and taller receivers. The front office may want to re-evaluate their policy of having the smallest and least qualified scouting staff in the league and bring in scouts that can evaluate talent. After 35 sacks to date another small thing Ben may be frustrated about the Steeler’s are lucky Ben is still upright..