Roethlisberger reportedly wants Steelers to keep Sanders

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Already, there are plenty of good reasons for the Steelers to not match the one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet signed by receiver Emmanuel Sanders with the Patriots.

Here’s another:  Ben Roethlisberger wants the Steelers to match.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, Roethlisberger has been lobbying coach Mike Tomlin and members of the coaching staff to keep Sanders.  That’s fine, but Roethlisberger isn’t the General Manager, or anyone else in a position of influence when it comes to personnel.

Roethlisberger had lobbied for a tall receiver for years, pissing off in the process vertically-challenged (but highly skilled) pass catchers like Hines Ward.  (The Steelers eventually burned a second-round pick Limas Sweed, who was long on body but short on talent.)

Roethlisberger also wanted to keep offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, whom the Steelers “retired” in 2012.  Arians became the offensive coordinator in Indy, the interim head coach when Chuck Pagano was undergoing cancer treatments, and ultimately the 2012 Associated Press coach of the year.

Then again, maybe the Steelers should listen to everything Roethlisberger suggests.

94 responses to “Roethlisberger reportedly wants Steelers to keep Sanders

  1. As a Steeler fan I would like to keep him as well. But with two third round picks … there are other wholes to fill as well: Linebacker, Safety, Corner.

  2. Haha too bad. This teams chances are over before the season even begins. Unhappy QB =no playoffs for you

  3. Sometimes it is better to have an opinion and express it internally, without making it public.

    This is one of those times.

    Ben, I love ya, big guy, but concentrate on your end of things, work on your own durability, and work with the receivers and backs you’re given. You’re not the GM, the owner, or anyone in the player personnel department.

  4. The funny thing is that the Steelers have been more depleted by this off-season than any other team in the league but nobody even talks about it because nobody cares. They have become “just another team” similar to a Buffalo or a San Diego. Two words Pittsburgh fans: Timmy Tebow.

  5. Three years ago they had arguably the best WR corp in the league. O how the mighty have fallen.

  6. Who is scared of the incomparable tandem of Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery? No wonder Roethlisberger wants Sanders (who isn’t much of an upgrade over those two, but is in my opinion, still a small upgrade)

  7. Sanders is small, quick but not particularly fast, and lacks durability. The numbers he has averaged over his three years in the league could be easily replaced, even by a rookie WR of modest NFL ability. The Steelers should let him walk and pick up another 3rd round pick.

  8. Can’t blame him here. Who wouldn’t want a receiver who has played in the system. Its hard to get in sync with new receiver and rookies at that. It looks like its going to be a reload year for the Steelers

  9. In a QB driven league, you give the QB what he wants. As much as you all love to hate him, when he’s healthy and comfortable he’s one of the best. As much as it makes sense to let Sanders go, it’s Ben you should be making happy.

  10. What quarterback wouldn’t want to keep a good receiver that he’s got a level of comfort with and has developed rapport.

    Florio loves to make every comment Ben makes look like drama. Someone asked him a question and he answered.

    Of course, Steeler brass will weigh the value of Sanders for one year over the possibility of adding a receiver or two in the draft at significantly less money and having control over the player for a minimum of 4 years. Ultimately, the front office makes the decision. What’s the big deal with Ben making his voice heard? He’s a team captain and one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL. He should be heard!

    I trust in whatever decision Colbert makes. He’s looking out for what’s best for the Steelers going forward…

    GO STEELERS!

  11. Can’t blame him here. Who wouldn’t want a receiver who has played in the system. Its hard to get in sync with new receiver and rookies at that

    ——

    But Ben Roethlisberger was wrong about a WR before! He’s not allowed have an opinion now!

    /sarcasm

  12. Thanks, Big Ben. Now the Steelers can match, keep Sanders for a year, and the Pats will pick him up in FA then, after keeping the draft pick.

  13. Let him go and sign Breaston and a late cut. You don’t have to put big money in to receivers in the dink and dunk Haley offense.

  14. …Of course he does.

    The alternative is for Big Ben to deal with a receiving corps of:

    Antonio Brown (continually double teamed)

    Jerricho Cotchery (past his expiration date)

    Plaxico Burress (also past his expiration date)

    and

    Rookie WR in a draft with no elite talents at WR except perhaps Tavon Austin (who will be gone before the Steelers pick)

    Given that, no surprise he wants his team to keep Sanders.

  15. This guy has such an overblown opinion of his talents. All he does is play like a linebacker behind center. His arm is suspect, his talents way diminished the last two years due to getting the crap knocked out of him. This team is WAY rebuilding, wont be relevant for quite some time.

  16. The Steelers can — and will —finish bottom third in the league in scoring with or without Sanders as long as Roethlisberger is quarterback.

    The Steelers could have Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and an in his prime Jerry Rice and as long as Roethlisberger is quarterback they will finish bottom third in the league in scoring.

    People talk about Roethlisberger possibly being in the Hall of Fame one day but answer this.

    Which Hall of Fame quarterback do you think could not even get his team in the playoffs when he had the number one defense in the entire NFL? Joe Montana? Terry Bradshaw? Troy Aikman? Steve Young? Roger Staubach? Tell me which one.

    Also, tell me which Hall of Fame quarterback would be badly outplayed by Tim Tebow in a playoff game?

  17. BTW, Steelers front office drafted Limas Sweed, not Ben Roethlisberger. In Sweed’s case how was he short on talent when he was considered by many to be the top WR in that draft. Sweed DID have the physical tools, that is unquestionable…his problem was mental/emotional and wasn’t able to transition from college to NFL

  18. Love the haters that come out to play when a Steeler makes a comment, yet teams still want their players and coaches.

  19. What’s happened to the Steelers? For so many years they seemed like a team that was able to keep a talent pipeline and never missed a beat to be in playoff contention season after season…

    Their WR core now is horrible. There’s no successors in the pipeline. Brown is a good WR3 at best, Sanders wasn’t even effective when he got the shot to play. Their best WR Wallace left in FA.

    They better address it in the draft or they’re going to be in the back seat again watching the Bengals young developing offense taking over their spot in the battle with the Ravens for the top of the division.

  20. Arians’s 2012 season was a fluke; and I think that will be evident after he’s had a few losing seasons in Arizona, whose personnel are much leaner in talent than Indy, IMO.

  21. my username says it all….ben has a big input as to what the team does. he may not always get his way, but he lets them know. he has been to the big dance 3 times ladies and gentlemen. when you do that you have what the call clout! he is the man no doubt about it. if he can play 1 season without getting injured steeler nation would be forever grateful!!

  22. wakaflaccoflame says: Apr 12, 2013 8:23 PM

    Sanders still won’t help them be relevant in the AFC North again tho

    We might be reloading this year. but to say we won tbe relevant in the AFCN again? We have owned this division for the better part of 10 years. It will take more than an 8-8 season to say we wont be relevant again. We will always be accounted for in the AFCN. Dont sleep on the Steelers.

  23. Is Paulamoolee coming back this year?
    This team is rebuilding not reloading this year, why worry about 2013? It’s going to take 2 o 3 years anyway!

  24. As long as that O-line is awful (Pouncey is the only stud and you wishful thinkers know it), Steeler WRs are destined to run around until Ben hurls it off his back foot in your direction. Sounds like a plan. Good luck with Brown, half a Heath and nobody else. Maybe Plax will bridge the gap until you can bring back Santonio next year.

  25. I agree – when my best offensive weapon has a cheap “ask”, I tend to ignore it.

    – Former GM

  26. He wants to keep him so Ben will have another dude to guard the bathroom door for him…… Still a pig

  27. I think the Steelers should continue to operate opposite of their franchise QBs wishes(sarcasm)… I’m not saying they should allow him to make all decisions, but as far as WRs he has helped develop, they probably should heed some of his requests.

  28. and Big Ben wont take no for an answer!

    Big Ben wants Sanders so bad he threatened to lock him in a bathroom!

    When Big Ben has tears in his eyes after sex, because of mace

    Big Ben was so flustered after he heard the Steelers might get rid of Sanders when the cops called him to ask about his latest rape allegation he responded “Wow, and to think I was kind enough to not go in dry”.

    Thanks guys I will be here all week try to veal.

  29. The Steelers want Ben to stop getting hurt every season because he can’t throw the ball away.

    Everybody wants something.

  30. I wonder if Ben will take the Gm. into a bathroom stall, and force him to sign sanders? could get ugly, if Benny don’t get his way. At this point they probably don’t care what Benny wants, his value with the team is dropping each coming year as he is on the downside of his career.

  31. Take the third round pick, draft a WR and RB in the first three rounds and Ben will forget all about Sanders.

  32. Number 7 will get number 7 next February irregardless of whether Sanders is with them or with the spy camera guys.

  33. All these Steeler fans say let him go. Now your hero wants him to stay. Lord, this organization is so turned around it’s a wonder they even remember to book hotel rooms for away games! As a Ravens fan, I hope they go with Big Ben’s idea. After all, he has exercised such good judgment in the past.

  34. Sanders is worth 2.5 mil, but doesn’t have much more upside than what he has shown. If I were the Steelers I would be equally wary of relying on Sanders as my WR2 as I would with Plaxico Burress. Don’t keep him because Roethlisberger wants him, (What QB doesn’t want to keep a proven commodity?) keep him because the depth at this position is terrifying if he leaves.

  35. Maybe BBen should give up tying to be GM, get in shape(for a change), stop trying to pick OCs , be a teamate, learn the playbook and stop trying to run the offense by the seat of his pants.

    Sanders, if the Pats get him, will thrive in that system. His speed, quickness, and route running ability could translate well in the Pats system, with a QB like Brady(which BBen has no idea about being). ESanders would play the X position in the Pats offense, where BLloyd played last yr. LLoyd wad considered a disapointment at 900 yrds. Sanders would be good for 12-1300 in NE. Take your late 3rd rnd pick, we’ll see if he’s better than Sanders.

  36. To all the haters:
    The Steelers win every game where there is no intervention. Unfortunately, these interventions are greater than ever and the Steelers are forced to play by mortal rules. We will still win the Super Bowl, which will prove to be the most glorious yet.

    Don’t you worry; Steeler Nation is alive and well. Our magnificent trophy case is unblemished. Many of you have questioned our present strength. I will only tell you that we are now reaching a climax in our efforts against an ancient nemesis. This Nemesis’ only goal is to see the Steeler Nation fail.

    Let me provide some background for those with feeble grasps of history. Since the dawn of man, there have been two kinds of men: the common man and the divine man. The common man is the typical one you see today. Their leaders are very cunning and have sought to rid the world of their superiors – the divine man. You would better know this group as the Steeler Nation. We have a lineage of God-blood in our bodies that allow for amazing things in the presence of you mere mortals. We instinctively gather to this group and know our cause, as birds fly south.

    Our goal is to eventually start our own league – the SFL – to fully express our divine abilities without the taint of rat-like humans and their creations of agents and lawyers. Still, we feel an obligation to defeat or at least lobotomize our ancient foes before we set off.

    Be assured, we will defeat them and their political games. Wow, you look up in awe of our splendor.

    Wow.

  37. If the Stillers thought Sanders was worth $2.5 mill, they would have put a first round tender on him.

  38. Mr. GM, give me what I wants. You don’t want to hear the door to the executive washroom lock behind you next time you need to go do you? Ben

  39. I been saying all offseason our front office is on the verg of being legally retarted. If you want to rebuild now, then trade ben and get something for him. Dont let the guy rot away on our no talent roster. Sanders is beast when healthy, but he hasnt been able to be that on a consistent basis. I agree with the haters for once, we are more than likely gunna be basment dwellers. Everyone is getting better and were getting worse. This one draft is not going to help us for many seasons.

  40. I’m willing to make a wager: Bruce Arians’ 15 minutes of fame have expired and his name will never, ever again be used in the same sentence with “coach of the year.”
    Any takers?

  41. When you do the franchise a solid by re-doing your deal 10+ times to make cap room and bail the front office out for their terrible contracts year after year, I believe you then should have the ability to voice your opinion on how you would like that money spent.

  42. Nobdy likes a super-smug guy but:
    ————————————————–
    cylondetector says: Apr 12, 2013 12:23 PM

    Maybe this offer shows value for both teams – the Patriots sure struggle to draft WR’s and the Steelers seem pretty adept.

    Has to be said that the Steelers are going to struggle alot on offense next year – they certainly aren’t going to be revisiting the ground and pound days of Bettis anytime soon and their WR corps has taken a huge hit this off season.

    I look forward to a year of constant (and none too subtle) crying by Ben.
    ———————————————

    Yeah, its happening already.

  43. When a guy wants to leave any organization, whether it is a football team or a traditional business, you let him go unless there is a compelling reason to hold on to the asset. Yes, the Steelers have a number of reasons to keep Sanders but none are so compelling as to override that basic principle.

    The Patriots continually let players test free agency so that the decesion to stay, if choosn, is mutual. The rare exception was seen with Logan Mankins.

  44. @blackngold4life

    I’ve been saying the same about Colbert. Both he and Tomlin have been playing with house money. Sure, they drafted the “grab money” receiving crew, but outside of them, no draft picks have established themselves as stars, or better yet, Steeler character and leaders. That tells me one thing, there is no real leadership with them, Colbert and Tomlin, to teach ” The Steeler Way”.

    They won and got to another Super Bowl with Cowher’s guys. Now, that veteran corp is leaving, and we see a lack of foundation of the Steeler way. Maybe the Rooneys should have listened to billy when he wanted to do more shopping on his own. Will it get turned around? Of course, its what our Steelers do, but it may be without Colbert and Tomlin, sooner than later.

  45. A few things here.

    1, A franchise QB lobbying for their team to keep an offensive weapon is hardly news.

    2, Whether or not the Steelers sign him away from the Pats comes down to whether or not they can & want to sign him to a long term deal, because he walks next year anyways. So in other words, a 3rd round pick looks real good when the other scenario is nothing, especially if Sanders carries himself in the manner in which Wallace did this past year.

    3, The Steelers will carry on and there WR core will work itself out. The heralded WR’s had been touted in the Burgh & around the league as the best young WR’s and yet there underachieving was a very key reason as to why they didn’t make the post season. Brown, Cotchery, and Burress doesn’t look great but if they were to draft a WR in the 3rd and also grab a veteran on the cheap (which is possible) their WR core could certainly be solid enough to win with.

    4, The Steelers are transitioning from 1 era to another and it won’t be without some growing pains. Steeler fans who think they are as good as they were 3-5 years ago are fooling themselves but the haters who think the Steelers will take a back seat and will drift off into NFL obscurity are severely mistaken. This isn’t the Pirates, this is the Steelers & at the end of the day they will be a formidable playoff team sooner rather than later.

  46. Feel like any team should be able to squeak out $2.5 mil, not sure what Pats are doing sacrificing a 3rd for 1yr on a dude whose ok..then again they suck drafting WR/CB…I think Steelers keep him in the end and Pats draft a few more tiny people…..

  47. Exactly what he should be saying and doing. But as EB said – he is not the GM and will not be the one facing the loss of Sanders after this last year with no compensation. Getting a very nice 3rd round pick – and knowing that the four year salary for that player will be about $700,000 makes it a no brainer to let Sanders go. Too many drops and too many turnovers seal the deal.

  48. @blackngold4life….well simple as this….Antonio brown, Emmanuel sanders, mike Wallace, mendenhall (when he was running good), pouncey, decastro(who will be a beast this year), keenan lewis etc….Colbert is a machine. because some of his picks have busted doesn’t mean he isn’t an awesome gm. pay attention to what hes doing. nobody evaluates talent like the steelers front office. you are 1 of those fans that only focus on the negative and want him to be perfect. that’s not life. mistakes will happen, but his upside is far better than the downside. Colbert doesn’t rebuild. he reloads! tyvm

  49. citizenstrange says:
    Apr 12, 2013 9:10 PM
    The Steelers can — and will —finish bottom third in the league in scoring with or without Sanders as long as Roethlisberger is quarterback.

    The Steelers could have Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and an in his prime Jerry Rice and as long as Roethlisberger is quarterback they will finish bottom third in the league in scoring.

    People talk about Roethlisberger possibly being in the Hall of Fame one day but answer this.

    Which Hall of Fame quarterback do you think could not even get his team in the playoffs when he had the number one defense in the entire NFL? Joe Montana? Terry Bradshaw? Troy Aikman? Steve Young? Roger Staubach? Tell me which one.

    Also, tell me which Hall of Fame quarterback would be badly outplayed by Tim Tebow in a playoff game?

    0 0
    I guess you started being allowed to watch football with the grown ups last year. Hasn’t Ben already been in three Super Bowls, two of which he won? I guess those Dont count when you just want to hate…get a life.

  50. I love all these Ravens fans mouthing off…you won’t even sniff the playoffs for at least 3 years. You’ll be looking up at the Brownies, but Big Rich Joe won’t care….because he got his!

  51. People waiting for Steelers fans to wring their hands b/c BR7 says he wants Sanders? I don’t blame him for wanting Sanders to stay. The FO has no been kind to BR regarding WR continuity (or O line for that matter). BUT UNLESS YOU CAME HERE TO TROLL, your reaction upon reading this was: Sanders who, now? TRUTH.

  52. jiggy3198 says:
    Apr 13, 2013 8:42 AM
    All steeler games will now be shown on History Channel because all there fans only talk about the past

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    So I guess that frees up Comedy Central for you to watch your favorite team or is it Sesame Street ….spanky the past to you is five minutes ago….you will learn when you grow up some.

  53. jiggy3198 says:Apr 13, 2013 8:42 AM

    All steeler games will now be shown on History Channel because all there fans only talk about the past

    Best comment i have read in a while. how true how true

  54. Like I said. It’s a win either way for us. Pros he knows the system. And he is a great route runner. Cons Injury bug bites him too much. If we keep him? We might as well to sign him to an extension. But the biggest con is we could get a developmental 3rd rounder, for the same price of his tender for 4 years. So, I really hope the clock strikes midnight tomorrow and we have a 3rd rounder instead.. Either we can build on some needs. Or, trade up in the first for say A Tavon Austin.

  55. guinness021 says: Apr 13, 2013 10:32 AM

    jiggy3198 says:Apr 13, 2013 8:42 AM

    All Steeler games will now be shown on History Channel because all there fans only talk about the past .

    Least we have a history. Who was your team before 96? Baltimore the NFL’s biggest bandwagon franchise. Jason Hanson was kicking before the Ravens played a down. All you Raven fans jumped ship from Washington and god could only imagine who else.. Cause the skins are way more popular in Maryland by far. So, I guarantee half of you trolls aren’t even from Maryland at all.. BEERS!

  56. In other news, Tom Brady wanted to keep every receiver the Patriots have ever gotten rid of.

    Seems natural for Ben to have that opinion.

  57. ravenatorisreallyawoman says:Apr 13, 2013 10:44 AM

    guinness021 says: Apr 13, 2013 10:32 AM

    jiggy3198 says:Apr 13, 2013 8:42 AM

    All Steeler games will now be shown on History Channel because all there fans only talk about the past .

    Least we have a history. Who was your team before 96? Baltimore the NFL’s biggest bandwagon franchise. Jason Hanson was kicking before the Ravens played a down. All you Raven fans jumped ship from Washington and god could only imagine who else.. Cause the skins are way more popular in Maryland by far. So, I guarantee half of you trolls aren’t even from Maryland at all.. BEERS!

    Wow thats funny a steelers fan calling someone a band wagon fan. you guys really need to get over yourselfs

  58. isn’t everything basically in the past? even the ratbirds winning the super bowl last year is in the past. so the ratbird fans cant talk about it? makes no sense at all. 6 super bowls are in the steelers past. are we proud? absolutely. is your franchise even close to this? no. do the steelers have the best fanbase in all of sports? sure do. you cant understand what its like to be a steeler fan because you don’t understand what it takes to be at that level for so many years. year in and year out we are a threat. jealousy and envy is a helluva thing. and steeler fans know why so many hate. and we love it. the day people stop hating the steelers and their fans is the day the steelers are no longer relevant. so keep the hate pouring in. we absolutely feed off the venom and love it!!!! hahahahahah

  59. Sorry to interrupt the last steeler fan/raven fan pillow fight. Just wanted to let thesteelers know I love the new name. Ok girls, back to work.

  60. Steelers will be nothing more than bottom feeders. You are only a doormat for the rest of the AFC North. You have no future you have no present. Cheers

  61. SANDERS..gone..LEWIS…gone..MENDENHALL..gone..WALLACE..gone..POUNCY..TIMMONS..WOODLEY are Colbert’s claim to fame! Lol name me one other Colbert draft pick that’s making a impact on another NFL roster? 2006 2008 2009 Ziggy Hood maybe the only player left from those drafts and he’s on life support. That 3 years of NOTHING! 0..ZILCH! Talkin about trust?? We had 1 PRO BOWLER over the last 4 years but yet were almost dead last in cap space every year since he’s been GM but you have Multiple teams with Multiple Pro bowl caliper players that still have 20-30m in cap at the start and end of every season? You call that a “Machine” Lol great..we can’t keep our draft picks that are decent past their rookie contract (cause we broke) and we can’t sign even a C level Free agent (cause we broke) The NFL is $ driven league Nobody is gona want to come to the Steelers because we always had a Rep for being cheap with $ Now we got the Rep of being cheap and broke And wont pay players they developed.. Yeah I have faith in Colbert & Co..All I know is this..he better hit on all of the 1st 4-5 rounds in this draft or we in trouble for a FEW years

  62. bigbenownsthenfl says:Apr 13, 2013 11:52 AM

    isn’t everything basically in the past? even the ratbirds winning the super bowl last year is in the past. so the ratbird fans cant talk about it? makes no sense at all. 6 super bowls are in the steelers past. are we proud? absolutely. is your franchise even close to this? no. do the steelers have the best fanbase in all of sports? sure do. you cant understand what its like to be a steeler fan because you don’t understand what it takes to be at that level for so many years. year in and year out we are a threat. jealousy and envy is a helluva thing. and steeler fans know why so many hate. and we love it. the day people stop hating the steelers and their fans is the day the steelers are no longer relevant. so keep the hate pouring in. we absolutely feed off the venom and love it!!!! hahahahahah

    real jealous or envy of a steeler fan. Now thats funny

  63. Steelers can get a decent WR in rnd 2.
    Use a later draft pick for a TE or pick up Cooley for a year to get by till Miller heals up. Salary cap hell sucks…but Steelers have too many holes. Keep building the O line in rnd 1. Go RB in rnd 3.
    The best teams build through the draft. Can’t retain everyone.

  64. I know this is a little out there, but I get the feeling that Tomlin is in preemptive damage control. He knows he needs to win, and win soon and large. He managed Cowher’s talent reasonably well but has created little on his own merits. He rarely has his team ready to hunt bear. He seems to be a walking, talking sports cliche machine; the man rarely says anything of substance. Has he ever out-coached anyone? I don’t think he has. Steeler Nation is starting to see through his shroud; one his players likely have already seen through. Sadly, it seems like a country club atmosphere where keeping individual players happy takes precedent over the team concept. If they sign Sanders, it’s an indication to me that this is indeed the truth, and Tomlin is more interested in winning now and saving his own skin over building a team that can compete at a high level indefinitely. I know that I’m predicating these comments on the fact that the Steelers haven’t physically kicked anyone’s ass in a long time, but as a lifelong fan I can say that speaks volumes to me.

  65. The Steelers will always be in contention for a playoff spot with the #1 defense in the league year after year. Think about it, If they commit to running the ball – ground and pound style and take huge chunks of clock time they will be tough to beat. They have talent on offense, but they need to reload at wr and rb and maybe te. This draft can address all of those. Dont panic. The Steelers are still in the AFCN contention. After all, We beat the Ravens during the reg season with a backup qb as the starter. #1 defense in the league is the key. The Steeler will probably finish next year in top 5 in defense again next year. Some simple tweaks here and there and boom…. Steelers are right there. Dont sleep on them. They do need to keep Sanders though. Too much change would hinder the development of Haley’s offense.

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