The Ben Roethlisberger trade rumors thus far have been bogus. That doesn’t mean the Steelers aren’t open to dealing their quarterback.
Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the Steelers had have “significant internal discussions” about possibly dealing Roethlisberger. They haven’t spoken to any teams, but La Canfora’s source says the team “would listen intently” if other teams called.
The Steelers reportedly think Sam Bradford is a “sure thing” but figure the Rams would have “limited interest” in Roethlisberger. The team is also “skeptical” other teams would take on Roethlisberger considering his baggage.
We’re not so sure about that; Brandon Marshall just got $50 million.
If this report is accurate, there are plenty of teams that should have significant interest in Roethlisberger. But the Steelers won’t just dump him. They apparently want someone else to make the first move.
“This is not a case of having to get rid of this guy,” La Canfora’s source said.
“There would have to be fair value.”
Maybe this leak is just aimed at getting Roethlisberger to realize he’s not bigger than the team, but we doubt it. The next week is going to be really interesting. Heck, this afternoon should be fascinating.
Your move, Art Rooney.