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Rooney says Steelers haven’t explored a Roethlisberger trade

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The agents for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have disputed the report that Ben could ask to be traded in the offseason.  The team has now chimed in, too.

“Contrary to erroneous reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not explored trading quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and have no plans to do so,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement posted on the team’s official website.

In response to the Steelers’ response, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network says he didn’t report that which the Steelers now deny.

“What Steelers denied, I did not report,” Rapoport said on Twitter.

We fully support reporters defending their work, but reporters who work for the network owned equally by all 32 teams should, at times, tread lightly.  Rooney believes Rapoport’s report was erroneous.  Calling Rooney out on that point via Twitter is brave.  Or foolish.  Or somewhere in between.

Regardless, we now know that Roethlisberger doesn’t want out and the Steelers don’t want him out.

Which probably means a divorce is inevitable.

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25 Responses to “Rooney says Steelers haven’t explored a Roethlisberger trade”
  1. thepftpoet says: Nov 10, 2013 2:41 PM

    I don’t blame him for wanting to leave Pittsburgh..

    It’s just a city of trashy, annoying fans

    And let’s not even bring up the women there..

  2. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 10, 2013 2:50 PM

    If someone is dumb enough to actually offer good value for him, Steelers should jump.

    Roth is on the downhill side.

    He wasn’t exceptional to start with – Steelers were built on defense and rushing – you saw what happened vs GB in SB when they needed him to carry them.

  3. gonzolo4 says: Nov 10, 2013 2:52 PM

    Every player is available for the right price, it is a business after all. I’m not saying they will trade him, but it’s foolish to ignore offers.

  4. jmblosser82 says: Nov 10, 2013 2:52 PM

    For a decent enough package I say pull the trigger…but no GM in the right mind will give up enough for a guy who mist likely will be done in 3-4 years.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 10, 2013 2:53 PM

    $13,000,000 cap hit (if traded)

    $17,000,000 cap hit (if not traded)

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 10, 2013 2:54 PM

    ben was good when he was mobile… but… now… he is an inflexible refrigerator with square wheels.

  7. Deb says: Nov 10, 2013 2:55 PM

    Regardless, we now know that Roethlisberger doesn’t want out and the Steelers don’t want him out.

    Which probably means a divorce is inevitable.

    This made me laugh out loud, Mike. Thanks, I needed that :)

  8. gettingpwned says: Nov 10, 2013 2:57 PM

    what happened in the SB was he started slow, picked up steam and finished strong. whereas the defense got torched and mendenhall (the “rushing” game) fumbled on a potential go ahead drive and then GB scored again on the D.

    ben also could have been the XLIII mvp in case you forgot. do you forget the game winning TD throw? not his fault the O line and running game have turned to crap the past few years.

  9. audient says: Nov 10, 2013 3:07 PM

    If you’re from Ohio and wear the black and gold, you’re just a fair weather bandwagon fan — even if you’re the quarterback.

    GO BROWNS!

  10. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 10, 2013 3:08 PM

    We know what we’re doing.

  11. svn2011 says: Nov 10, 2013 3:20 PM

    Rappaport is unreliable. He also said brady was texting his former WRs when he wasnt.

  12. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 10, 2013 3:25 PM

    Pick 6

  13. scandiman says: Nov 10, 2013 3:31 PM

    If Pittsburgh is so bent on keeping Todd Haley, it would be best to just let Ben move on to Arizona.

  14. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 10, 2013 3:41 PM

    If someone is dumb enough to actually offer good value for him, Steelers should jump.

    Roth is on the downhill side.

    He wasn’t exceptional to start with – Steelers were built on defense and rushing – you saw what happened vs GB in SB when they needed him to carry them.

    This post shows you were too young to see how good Ben was with a good surrounding cast, you mention a SB loss, yet you forget his two wins…..I guess that’s being fair by troll standards…..right?

  15. holeinone09 says: Nov 10, 2013 3:43 PM

    Rapopprt is a hack. Ben will retire a Steeler after 5 or more productive years.

  16. azjohnny says: Nov 10, 2013 3:53 PM

    I would be shocked if the Steelers were offered more than a 4th rd pick and with the dead money the Steelers have with Roethlisberger I doubt he goes anywhere

  17. j0esixpack says: Nov 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    Well, Rappaport is kindof right – he said Ben is frustrated and will ask for a trade… but he also said that the Steelers fielded calls before – that they answered the phone before and the source expects them to answer the phone again.

    Rappaport never said they were initiating but he did say they’ve listened in the past and are expected to do so again.

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    “NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Big Ben is “incredibly frustrated” with the direction of the franchise, according to Steelers sources. Team sources expect Roethlisberger to ask the Steelers to explore a possible trade in the offseason, Rapoport was told.

    Pittsburgh fielded trade offers for Big Ben last offseason and the team expects to answer the phone again in 2014.”

  18. bigbuc419 says: Nov 10, 2013 4:12 PM

    I’ll take him and tomlin, making the bucs a championship team!

  19. winorlose6burgh says: Nov 10, 2013 4:14 PM

    That be the stupidest thing if they traded him and would be dumb on Ben part too ben belongs in Pittsburg!!!

  20. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Nov 10, 2013 4:20 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 10, 2013 3:08 PM

    We know what we’re doing.

    ___

    Your right. Rooney won’t mention a trade, why would he? The fact is Rooney is talking to teams quietly about a one and a two for Ben. It’s the smartest move by the best front office, we will stock up on the draft and win another Super Bowl.

  21. z06vision says: Nov 10, 2013 4:58 PM

    Lets wait 3 yrs from now when Ben is washed up and our young players are coming along to get nothing for Ben or let’s trade Ben to AZ for some good Draft pics now, take the cap hit while our young personal is inexperienced to make the team better down the road…..No brainer – Send him packing while he is still a “good’ qb. This is a business.

  22. bengalguy says: Nov 10, 2013 5:25 PM

    At least the crime rate will go down in the city.

  23. dmretrogames says: Nov 10, 2013 6:09 PM

    If Ben were on Detroit, Chicago, or Cincinnati, they would be 9-0 and overwhelming favorites to win the Super Bowl. Those teams get by with average QBs who make a living throwing the ball up for grabs to 6’5″ studs who fight in coverage for it.

    Ben is throwing to midgets who can’t outrun anyone or fight for the ball in traffic.

    He should want out of Pittsburgh. In the span of two years, they got rid of his offensive coordinator, favorite WR, best OT, and surrounded him with utter crap.

  24. lp0320 says: Nov 10, 2013 6:27 PM

    Whatever happens, happens. My opinion is this: you’ve had a while to build your team around your franchise quarterback and you didn’t. You brought in Todd Haley to ‘protect’ Ben, and he’s still on pace to get sacked more times than any other quarterback. So frankly, Haley hasn’t done anything spectacular.

    The Steelers are going to do what’s best for them and Ben is going to do what’s best for him. Whatever the outcome, I believe that Roethlisberger will continue to give you 110% and never quit. Here’s hoping for the best.

  25. badoglick says: Nov 10, 2013 7:36 PM

    I’m a Pittsburgher, and I’ve objectively watched the Steelers as an Eagles fan for the past 11 years that I’ve lived here…and if a team offered a first and a third for him I’d have an extremely hard time turning that down. Of course, Colbert would probably waste those picks, anyways.

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