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Report: At least one team seriously considered trading for Roethlisberger

Though the Steelers are now trying to cram the toothpaste back into the tube regarding the possible trade of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the talks that unfolded last week hardly were aimed only at putting a large scare into Big Ben.

Adam Schefter of ESPN mentioned during a draft wrap-up special that at least one team seriously pondered making the move.

The identity of the team isn’t yet known.  It wasn’t the Bills, who we’re told opted early on to opt out of the process due in large part to assistant G.M. Doug Whaley’s knowledge of the player.  Whaley served as pro personnel director for several years in Pittsburgh, and the same “last in, first out” concerns that prompted linebacker Joey Porter to call Roethlisberger out in front of the team four years ago caused Whaley to give the possible trade a thumb’s down.

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  1. MooninLambeau says: Apr 25, 2010 8:53 PM

    Oakland Rapers?

  2. vanhelsing says: Apr 25, 2010 8:54 PM

    ya know it’s bad when peezy pussweed calls someone out and he’s right…

  3. Just JTO says: Apr 25, 2010 8:58 PM

    WTF guys … Give it a rest, will ya?

  4. cs_foodie says: Apr 25, 2010 8:59 PM

    so what you are saying is….well what are you saying?

  5. steelerfan9598 says: Apr 25, 2010 9:00 PM

    Of course they did. He’s 28 and he has won two Super Bowls. Plus, the FACT is, he hasn’t been charged with a damn thing – ever.

  6. openfieldtackle says: Apr 25, 2010 9:01 PM

    Give the name or stop posting BS….
    Ben for MVP in 2010!

  7. hsf09 says: Apr 25, 2010 9:01 PM

    Cardinals or Raiders. Longshot: Browns

  8. Abe Froeman says: Apr 25, 2010 9:02 PM

    I heard it was Florida Tuskers.

  9. jbruder02 says: Apr 25, 2010 9:02 PM

    Last in, first out –> two super bowls…. WHO GIVES A SHIT. Keep bringin that up though becuase it really mattered so much.
    After he gives his statement tomorrow probably expressing remorse, gratitude to the Rooney’s, etc. make sure you kill him on it.

  10. GirthyOne says: Apr 25, 2010 9:02 PM

    The Bills should have jumped at the chance to seriously upgrade their QB. As it stands, GM Doug Whaley’s draft prowess is largely suspect.
    Nice draft Doug. Your team has not improved. You will be lucky to improve on the OL (5th & 7th rounds), none at the QB position (Levi Brown doesn’t count), none at LB.
    You did get a 4th round WR though. Almost goose-bumps.
    You’re a terrible organization because of drafts like this one.

  11. Hooby says: Apr 25, 2010 9:03 PM

    “Though the Steelers are now trying to cram the toothpaste back into the tube”
    or, theyre trying to undo the trauma a rape causes.

  12. jallen69 says: Apr 25, 2010 9:03 PM

    “Adam Schefter of ESPN mentioned during a draft wrap-up special that at least one team seriously pondered making the move.”
    Does this guy have any cred antmore? He seems to jump the gun alot on inside info

  13. QB_of_the_Future says: Apr 25, 2010 9:09 PM

    Maybe it was Carolina.

  14. bigbolt says: Apr 25, 2010 9:09 PM

    Ben had to make sure he was the “first out” of practice so he could get down to the local high school and troll for chicks…

  15. beantowndawg says: Apr 25, 2010 9:12 PM

    Probably the Raiders since you know…. they were the only team who actually did trade for a QB. A few years in the Black Hole would do Ben some good.

  16. Laxer37 says: Apr 25, 2010 9:12 PM

    Sounds like all the reporters that speculated Ben would be traded are the ones “trying to cram the toothpaste back into the tube”.

  17. Big J says: Apr 25, 2010 9:13 PM

    Why do keep bringing up Joey Porter calling him out? Joey Porter is no better. He is a team cancer also. Maybe even worse.

  18. simonb says: Apr 25, 2010 9:16 PM

    guarantee it was arizona
    ken whizzzz…need i say more
    guarantee it

  19. haywoodjablome says: Apr 25, 2010 9:16 PM

    “Last in, last out”…of a drunk, unwilling 20 year old.

  20. mikebiggs68 says: Apr 25, 2010 9:17 PM

    it didn’t happen so no one cares, stop reporting this wasted BS

  21. taxistan says: Apr 25, 2010 9:17 PM

    He not only rapes women he rapes his team-
    mates.

  22. mnoise says: Apr 25, 2010 9:20 PM

    Yeah, that team was probably the Raiders and now they got their qb in Jason Cambell. What other team would want to go near that lightening rod big Ben right now. This could be a bigger sh#tstorm that Mike Vick when it’s all said and done.

  23. Trips Right, 68 Slant, D Slant says: Apr 25, 2010 9:24 PM

    BuffoonInLimbo,
    “Oakland Rapers?”
    I don’t think so AssWipe.
    ‘Nation!!

  24. last starfighter says: Apr 25, 2010 9:26 PM

    “WTF guys … Give it a rest, will ya?”
    Why don’t you guys give it a rest with all the “give it a rest comments” about the greasy, fat sex offender. Maybe if you stop helping get each of those posts 200 comments they’ll stop writing as many.

  25. Snibs says: Apr 25, 2010 9:27 PM

    Florio you need a life… I think your jealous Ben didn’t hit on you! Perhaps you should try a new toupee!

  26. jsbeck says: Apr 25, 2010 9:27 PM

    more of this crap huh?
    who ever takes him will regret it.
    not for bring on a rapist, but a bad football player.

  27. RelentlessIV says: Apr 25, 2010 9:27 PM

    Keep at it w/ the hating on this Rapistburger guy. I hate the Squealers and that’s why the Raiders whooped that the last two times we met and once more this year again.

  28. Raider Pride says: Apr 25, 2010 9:30 PM

    I am still trying to figure out why anyone would want to put toothpaste back in the tube?
    Was there DNA evidence on the toothpaste?

  29. raiderrob21 says: Apr 25, 2010 9:32 PM

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!

  30. Marv_Sleezy says: Apr 25, 2010 9:34 PM

    Im sorry, but from watching Big Ben on Sundays, this last in first out thing seems to be working just fine. I cant believe thats an issue.

  31. BigBear123 says: Apr 25, 2010 9:37 PM

    Raiders already have a “last in first out” QB and seem to be doing the right things, for now. Figured another locker room schism after dumping J-Mac wasn’t very smart after all.

  32. tdprog1 says: Apr 25, 2010 9:41 PM

    It was Cleveland. Florio can cntc me and I will give up the source but it was the Browns. Heard it was this years 1st and next yrs 2nd with incentives to make it a 1st in 2011. The deal was very close to getting done. Similar deal Cleveland was going to give the Rams for Bradford.

  33. belicheck's cheat codes says: Apr 25, 2010 9:46 PM

    i’d love to know the official PFT ‘toothpaste back in the tube’ count.

  34. Byrd Is The Word says: Apr 25, 2010 9:48 PM

    I doubt it was the Bills, most likely the Raiders.
    GirthyOne, thank you for your analysis of the Bills draft. I expect to read a similar assessment in the Anchorage Daily News.

  35. The_Game says: Apr 25, 2010 9:51 PM

    Hmm. Forgetting one thing, folks. He was never charged with a crime.
    In other words, he’s innocent.
    I wonder what life is like to those of you who sit in your basement and just post nasty comments. I wish there was a pill I could take so I could be as low class and dumb as you for about one day.
    I need to know what it’s like.

  36. flip flip flipadelphia says: Apr 25, 2010 9:56 PM

    I’m tired of the big ben stories, that being said, I’m even more tired of the biased steeler fans defending this rapist.

  37. raylewisthemurderer says: Apr 25, 2010 9:56 PM

    Probably because it is the MORONIC fan base of the Ravens and Browns, that keep responding to postings of Florio…
    Soon Ben will have the chance to prove to you assholes why he is one of the best QB’s in the NFL…
    Ravens fans hate him for the right reasons…he beats you ….constantly

  38. Ace says: Apr 25, 2010 9:58 PM

    Perhaps the GM in Buffalo gave a thumbs down in protection of the young co eds in Buffalo.

  39. Mean D says: Apr 25, 2010 9:59 PM

    Last in, first out? Maybe the Browns will sack his raping ass 8 times in one game.

  40. mobey says: Apr 25, 2010 10:02 PM

    Obviously there’s concern about giving up much for a serial rapist.
    How long before he rapes again and it’s either a girl who will press charges or the NFL just flat out bans him for a year or more?

  41. SayItAin'tSoFlorio says: Apr 25, 2010 10:05 PM

    GirthyOne says:
    The Bills should have jumped at the chance to seriously upgrade their QB. As it stands, GM Doug Whaley’s draft prowess is largely suspect.
    Nice draft Doug. Your team has not improved. You will be lucky to improve on the OL (5th & 7th rounds), none at the QB position (Levi Brown doesn’t count), none at LB.
    You did get a 4th round WR though. Almost goose-bumps.
    You’re a terrible organization because of drafts like this one.
    ______________________________
    You might try re-reading the article. Doug Whaley is the Assistant GM (Buddy Nix is GM). He’s a former Pro Personnel Director at Pittsburgh, so I doubt that he’s in charge of the college draft. He’s only been in Buffalo for two or three months.
    Otherwise, great comments.

  42. Pancho says: Apr 25, 2010 10:06 PM

    With all the “last in first out” talk…Winning 2 superbowls and being a top 5 qb with minimal effort and all.. the 31 other teams better be scared how good he can be if he starts trying…

  43. jackybadass says: Apr 25, 2010 10:07 PM

    i hope it was the cowboys because romo will never win nothing, i didn’t realise there were so many ass wippeped pussy women libbers on this web site. ben is a 2 time superbowl winner. as far as im conscerned ben can have anyone he wants! even your kid sister !

  44. poiuyt says: Apr 25, 2010 10:10 PM

    Is putting toothpaste back in the tube a Freudian metaphor?

  45. FinFan says: Apr 25, 2010 10:14 PM

    Folsom Prison AssPirates?

  46. funi says: Apr 25, 2010 10:24 PM

    How many times did ESPN report somethign that was false? Daily! They had do many people getting traded that never happened its pathatic! Ben will come back and destroy the browns 34-3 with 3 tds passes! Steelers go 11-5 and another super bowl title!

  47. Flvikesfan says: Apr 25, 2010 10:26 PM

    I vote Ben for 2010 MVP also Most Violate Prisoner…he is a criminal who, like OJ, has bought his freedom.

  48. Deb says: Apr 25, 2010 10:26 PM

    last starfighter says:
    April 25, 2010 9:26 PM
    “WTF guys … Give it a rest, will ya?”
    Why don’t you guys give it a rest with all the “give it a rest comments” about the greasy, fat sex offender. Maybe if you stop helping get each of those posts 200 comments they’ll stop writing as many.
    ———————————————-
    This is sooooooo painful to say: last starfighter is right … but only on the last sentence.
    What’s that saying? Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
    Well, even a complete idiot occasionally gives good advice.

  49. Skip Toomilu says: Apr 25, 2010 10:30 PM

    FACT: Cleveland Browns were ‘on record’, prior to the Draft, as NOT being interested in Ben Doofuss’burger. It’s a fact.

  50. ECS - Brougham Boys 74 says: Apr 25, 2010 10:30 PM

    Critics should remember that it’s Rapistberger’s tendency to “get out early” that saved the Steelers 2010 season. Had he not perfected this skill early on, he might have left some DNA behind and he’d be in prison soon. Imagine what that would have done to the Steelers! They need their rapists and woman-beaters to win games!!

  51. mobey says: Apr 25, 2010 10:35 PM

    Deb says:
    April 25, 2010 10:26 PM
    Well, even a complete idiot occasionally gives good advice.
    ===============================
    I thought that too but I’m still waiting for yours.
    To put so much effort into protecting a rapist is sad.

  52. Bious says: Apr 25, 2010 10:58 PM

    I am sure the team prays that nobody finds out….nor would the teams fans be too happy that their team almost got a 2-time rapist

  53. se18a29 says: Apr 25, 2010 11:26 PM

    Only a Moron would protect rapistberger on the internet…

  54. southFLAsteel says: Apr 26, 2010 12:06 AM

    florio, seriously, are you PROUD of these type of “comments” your site generates? are you PROUD of the type of scumbags and dickwads that frequent your site? or have you just sold any morals and standards you ever had just so you get “traffic” and continue to get a paycheck? make sure you buy something nice for florio jr. with this sludge money. may i suggest a blindfold and/or earplugs. this site, and the way you allow it to be “run” says alot about your lack of character. and before every douche starts in on the stupid, ” well, YOU’RE ON HERE”, i come on here to see the depths of depravity society has to offer, and if there’s anyone on here that can spell to words correctly and use them in a proper sentence, or if there is any civilized debate between intelligent people. rarely i’m i surprised.
    .

  55. billsfan1 says: Apr 26, 2010 12:19 AM

    i love how people defend pig pen by saying he was never charged, nor found guilty, well guess what………… Oj was never found guilty either… doesnt mean they didnt do it

  56. Deb says: Apr 26, 2010 12:19 AM

    mobey says:
    April 25, 2010 10:35 PM
    Deb says:
    April 25, 2010 10:26 PM
    Well, even a complete idiot occasionally gives good advice.
    ===============================
    I thought that too but I’m still waiting for yours.
    To put so much effort into protecting a rapist is sad.
    ————————————
    That’s the first mildly amusing post you’ve written. If you’ve read my “efforts,” you know better. I’ve scanned enough of yours to know you’re not interested in justice, only jabbing at rival fans in the most vulgar language possible. So I won’t be wasting anymore keystrokes on you. Nice try, though.

  57. BenInAZ says: Apr 26, 2010 12:20 AM

    @Deb,
    Maybe you wouldn’t be so quick to defend this type of behavior if it might have happened to someone you knew. All young women are not money-hungry sluts. Many are irresponsible at 20, sure…..most men are mature by 28…..don’t defend this behavior, cut the umbilical cord…..

  58. Pantherfan10 says: Apr 26, 2010 12:27 AM

    steelerfan9598 says:
    April 25, 2010 9:00 PM
    Of course they did. He’s 28 and he has won two Super Bowls. Plus, the FACT is, he hasn’t been charged with a damn thing – ever.
    =========
    Yeah, O.J. Simpson was a winner and never charged with anything….whats your point?

  59. steeelfann says: Apr 26, 2010 12:46 AM

    Oh, so Ben, in 6 years, wins 2 superbowls, goes to another AFC championship, goes 13-0 in his first 13 starts, and ………….he has not been trying that hard, not studying. Uh, oh, so he is going to be going into late 20′s, early 30′s……..better watch out NFL. Dude is about to grow up an mature. And get serious. And he has a list.

  60. CrazyWolfe says: Apr 26, 2010 12:47 AM

    Too bad you can’t posts pictures here. I’ve got some beauts.

  61. o0tt0o says: Apr 26, 2010 1:06 AM

    how come the steelers didnt give the black guy the benefit of the doubt

  62. Hannibalsmith 63 says: Apr 26, 2010 1:18 AM

    Hey, we stab. We don’t rape. Sincerely that guy from San Diego!

  63. Rafterman says: Apr 26, 2010 3:02 AM

    Give it a rest Florio, you and the trolls lost.
    The Rooney’s don’t give a f*ck about your opinion, or the opinion of the trolls.
    This has panned out the way I said it would. God-ell
    went a bit overboard but he’s going to pay for it down the road as soon as some drunken skank ho goes after Brady, Rivers or one of the Mannings.
    Case closed , time to move on.

  64. rolli1967 says: Apr 26, 2010 3:06 AM

    Worthlessburger is a TURD and as hard as the Steelers try and polish up a turd, a turd will always be a TURD.

  65. pokerpro7s says: Apr 26, 2010 3:18 AM

    Reading the comments on here I see the tide is already starting to turn in regards to Big Ben. For the record, scanning the Steelers message boards and facebook page I have seen nothing but support for Ben. The negative comments seen on PFT are mostly coming from fans of other teams. Reports of Steeler fans being fed up with Ben have been largely sensationalized by Florio and others in the media. They do not reflect the true pulse of the Steeler fan base. Ben is our QB. He will be our QB in 2010 and beyond. The haters can say whatever they want but we will stand by him. Ben has already won us 2 championships and he will win at least 2 more before it’s all said and done. Mark it down. Once he lifts #7 above his head these recent events will all be long forgotten. Go Steelers!

  66. loumann says: Apr 26, 2010 3:23 AM

    I love all the talk about Big Ben….but no one talks about the ONLY fact that matters…..he brought 2 Superbowls to US!
    QBs are pursued, overpaid, traded, cut and dreamed about…..but Ben did the job 2 times…..trade him, dont, who cares ….WE WON…..how many QBs won 1, let alone 2 at 28yrs old. Keep whiping it out…..I could care less.

  67. Dave3258 says: Apr 26, 2010 6:39 AM

    To be a certified , rapist , as so many of you like to say , you have to be charged and convicted of said crime . Ben Roethlisberger has never , repeat never , been charged with ANY crime whatsoever . In addition to not being charged with any crime , the man according to Bens attorney has never even been given a speeding ticket in his life . With all this said , it does not excuse Bens decision making which is not good by any means . Any one can be accused of a crime including rape , but at the end of the day you have to prove your accusations . The girl could not and the Georgia district attorney could not . Ben needs to change the way he lives and the decisions he makes but to call him a rapist , prove it .

  68. contract says: Apr 26, 2010 7:27 AM

    Nov 28 PIT @ BUF

  69. joe6606 says: Apr 26, 2010 7:47 AM

    in exchange for 2 SB wins in 4 yrs, there are AT LEAST 25 teams that would offer up a harem of nubile teenage girls (including their own daughters) to have Ben lead their team.

  70. Holeinone09 says: Apr 26, 2010 7:49 AM

    Hey Mike, just keep up with the nonstop character assasination that you and PFT are doing to Ben. At this point, we know that Ben has never done a good or honorable thing in his life, based on your reports. He is the devil incarnate. Keep posting every piece of negative rumor from people that have been proven wrong time and again. And by all means don’t start posting anything about positive things Ben has done, since that would screw up your mission. It’s OK, we would expect nothing less out of PFT at this point.
    Haven’t you milked this story enough now?

  71. tryagain says: Apr 26, 2010 8:21 AM

    Holeinone09 says: Hey Mike, just keep up with the nonstop character assasination that you and PFT are doing to Ben.
    I don’t think it’s an assassination- I think Ben committed character suicide over the years.
    As for the milking, Ben (himself or his people) is releasing a statement today so I doubt the story is quite dead yet.

  72. contract says: Apr 26, 2010 8:33 AM

    Anyone who can’t figure out which team it was that seriously considered trading for Ben has obviously never seen Matt Leinart play.

  73. dogma1 says: Apr 26, 2010 8:34 AM

    Steelers are a joke for keeping this loser.

  74. Pack_Attack says: Apr 26, 2010 8:36 AM

    That pass to beat us, threading the needle in the end zone against one of the best defenses in the league. If I’m Holmy, Id work a deal. Just sayin.

  75. tatum32 says: Apr 26, 2010 8:37 AM

    2 rings, NO CONVICTION…just hear say. However, where there’s smoke there’s fire….

  76. Sociofan says: Apr 26, 2010 9:10 AM

    The Allenville Staters?

  77. thevikes99 says: Apr 26, 2010 9:56 AM

    The Cards were the team trying to get Big Ben.

  78. PatsFanOf83 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:14 AM

    The_Game says:
    April 25, 2010 9:51 PM
    Hmm. Forgetting one thing, folks. He was never charged with a crime.
    In other words, he’s innocent.
    Only a real tool would say this guy is innocent. And I guess you would say that O.J. is innocent too?

  79. PatsFanOf83 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:31 AM

    tatum32 says:
    April 26, 2010 8:37 AM
    2 rings, NO CONVICTION…just hear say. However, where there’s smoke there’s fire….
    ———————————————–
    Exactly what does “2 rings” have to do with whether or not this guy sexually assaulted someone? The dirtbag could have 22 rings and still be guilty of sexual assault. All you homers who continually bring up his “rings”…….Those “rings” don’t erase the fact that he’s a disgusting excuse for a human being!

  80. PatsFanOf83 says: Apr 26, 2010 11:04 AM

    Shawn says:
    April 26, 2010 10:48 AM
    I hope Ben comes back and helps the Steelers win another Superbowl and pisses off everyone of you pathetic assholes. Anyone who dissed Ben for what he did should have been an abortion.
    ———————————————–
    Anyone who dissed Ben “FOR WHAT HE DID” should have been an abortion???
    I’m sorry, but you’re just a total ass clown!

  81. Deb says: Apr 26, 2010 12:35 PM

    o0tt0o says:
    how come the steelers didnt give the black guy the benefit of the doubt
    ——————————————–
    “The black guy”??? He’s not just some interchangeable field hand in 1860!!! He is top-tier wide receiver in the National Football League. And he has a name. It’s Santonio Holmes.
    This was not Santonio’s first arrest. He was previously arrested for disorderly conduct, domestic violence, and possession. So the Steelers gave him MULTIPLE benefits of the doubt. I think they would have given him another chance in this situation if he hadn’t gone on Twitter after his nightclub altercation and bragged about planning to “wake ‘n’ bake.” He can blame his own big mouth for his trade.
    In comparison, Ben Roethlisberger has never been arrested or failed a drug test. And there’s no forensic evidence that he’s ever committed any crime other than riding a motorcycle with an expired learner’s permit.

  82. Deb says: Apr 26, 2010 1:42 PM

    o0tt0o says:
    how come the steelers didnt give the black guy the benefit of the doubt
    ——————————————–
    “The black guy”??? He’s not just some interchangeable field hand in 1860!!! He is top-tier wide receiver in the National Football League. And he has a name. It’s Santonio Holmes.
    This was not Santonio’s first arrest. He was previously arrested for disorderly conduct, domestic violence, and possession. So the Steelers gave him MULTIPLE benefits of the doubt. I think they would have given him another chance in this situation if he hadn’t gone on Twitter after his nightclub altercation and bragged about planning to “wake ‘n’ bake.” He can blame his own big mouth for his trade.
    In comparison, Ben Roethlisberger has never been arrested or failed a drug test. And there’s no forensic evidence that he’s ever committed any crime other than riding a motorcycle with an expired learner’s permit.

  83. Deb says: Apr 26, 2010 2:27 PM

    @Ben in AZ …
    Oh dear, you’re new to the boards. I can hear the collective groaning now: “Did he have to say that to HER?” Now we’re going to have to hear that story AGAIN.
    It has happened to me. I am a rape survivor and have spent hours and hours with other rape survivors. I’m not defending Roethlisberger, I’m defending due process. There is not one shred of forensic evidence that he raped anyone. I’ve been over every court filing in Nevada, listened three times to the full 71-minute DA’s press conference in Georgia, and read the multiple statements in the case, not just the accuser’s account–which she changed several times. My brother and sister-in-law are criminal defense attorneys and I write and research for a living, so I’m kind of a stickler for getting to the facts instead of buying the gossip … especially when it involves rape … because I take it seriously. An article you might find interesting that doesn’t involve this case:
    http://www.seattleweekly.com/content/printVersion/604983

  84. bigstorm says: Apr 26, 2010 9:32 PM

    Is there a story line/point to this story. This was the same mindless babble brought up at the draft which was killed when it sounded even stupider when four guys talked about it.
    It is bizarre that someone would even plagarize this.
    teams that wanted Ben wanted a fire sale price for a SB qb. The moral outrage (laughing when I write it) goes away when you get a stud QB for nothing.
    Good job Colbert…we’ll be fine. Ben 1, bar sluts 0.
    mark it up as the post of the day.

  85. 1nationraidernation says: Apr 26, 2010 11:26 PM

    i’m sure we did, but when they said they wanted more than a 3rd rd pick , we said thanks but no thanks, and “doc I don’t call that crazy”

  86. CT Stiller says: Apr 28, 2010 1:34 PM

    Is this the same Adam Schefter who admitted he was wrong about the Steelers calling teams to trade him? Why is he believable so quickly after such a glaring error the first time?
    I wish journalism still had some credibility.

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