Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney has issues a statement refuting reports that QB Ben Roethlisberger could be made available this offseason.
“Contrary to erroneous reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not explored trading quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and have no plans to do so.”
- Rapoport adds that Roethlisberger is not happy with the coaching staff.
Pittsburgh reportedly fielded offers for Big Ben last year and could see what’s available this offseason, according to Rapoport. Interestingly enough, Rapoport mentions that the Cardinals could be an option given that Roethlisberger played his best football under Bruce Arians who’s now the head coach in Arizona.
There are, of course, some issues with trading a franchise quarterback. Pittsburgh would be left in a very tough situation regarding the quarterback position. Roethlisberger carries a big cap number that could impact any trade out of Pittsburgh. He only has another two years remaining on his contract, which means he may want a new deal upon arrival.
The Steelers are in bad shape nowadays, so it could make sense for them to start the rebuilding process some time soon. Rapoport has been told to expect “wholesale offensive changes,” which likely means the coaching staff will look much different next year.
We’ll have to see if more reports and/or rumors start circulating regarding the situation in the coming weeks.