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NFLN keeps driving wedge between Steelers, Roethlisberger

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The Steelers may want to sell their 1/32nd interest in NFL Network.  Then again, they may want to double down.

For the second time in four days, NFL Network has published a report that could drive a wedge between the Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  And it could be playing out exactly how the Steelers want it.

On Thursday night, Mike Silver of NFL Network shared this observation from one or more unnamed Steelers sources: “When he is away from the facility, he is no Peyton Manning. That is the biggest obstacle to him staying.”  Silver also said that the Steelers believe Roethlisberger “is more engaged this year, doing a better job of preparation when he is at the facility.”

Possible message, sent via the network the Steelers partially own?  When it’s time to extend Ben’s contract after the season, Ben shouldn’t expect to get paid like Peyton Manning.  And Roethlisberger should expect to make a bigger commitment to his profession.

On Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported, citing unnamed “Steelers sources,” that the Steelers believe Roethlisberger may ask for a trade in the offseason.  All parties denied any intention to part ways, with Roethlisberger coming out so strongly and zealously against being traded that he has essentially backed himself into a corner.  If the Steelers don’t offer him what he wants, it’s now impossible for him to ask to be traded.

But the phone definitely will be ringing, in the event a new deal can’t be worked out.  Which will give the Steelers a viable Plan B if Ben wants to be paid like Peyton Manning and if the Steelers want to pay him like, well, Ben Roethlisberger.

Although Ben clumsily has claimed ignorance of contractual matters, the signs already are emerging that he wants more than $20 million per year.  There’s no way the Steelers will pay him that much.

And so the game will continue, with the Steelers playing chess via the network they partially own — and Roethlisberger saying, “Hey, what’s that horse thing?”

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  1. jakec4 says: Nov 14, 2013 7:47 PM

    Big Ben to the Jags.

  2. ryann252013 says: Nov 14, 2013 7:52 PM

    This is like the Revis trade.

    Doesn’t feel right but way to many reports to be untrue no matter what the player says.

  3. mizzousooner says: Nov 14, 2013 7:54 PM

    And the implosion continues.

  4. wryly1 says: Nov 14, 2013 7:55 PM

    Who knows what’s really going on, but to all outside appearances, it looks as tough Big Ben is just going thru the motions this year.

  5. cuda1234 says: Nov 14, 2013 7:56 PM

    First they get rid of all his wr’s: P.Burress, S.Holmes, N.Washington, M.Wallace, etc.

    Then they get rid of good buddy and blind-side protector Max Starks.

    Then the get rid of good buddy and mentor OC Bruce Arians.

    Heath Miller is probably next.

    Looks like they’ve been trying to make Roethlisberger uncomfortable for a while.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 14, 2013 7:56 PM

    Or Ben could have tipped the lead to make PIT look guilty to add one layer of gamesmanship for them to trip over and miscalculate? Just trying to find the extra dollar.

  7. reed20fence says: Nov 14, 2013 7:57 PM

    He wants 20 and he can’t stay healthy or be relevant when it matters. That coupled with a deep draft at the QB position and a tanking season is enough to conclude that they will be parting ways.

  8. patsfan1820 says: Nov 14, 2013 7:59 PM

    More bs about Roethlisberger leaving? Gee what a surprise.

  9. andyr2120 says: Nov 14, 2013 7:59 PM

    Mike Silver quoting unnamed sources? Sounds legit.

  10. 6ball says: Nov 14, 2013 8:00 PM

    .

    The Steelers have the leverage here. They currently own the 7th overall pick in next year’s draft which would give them the ability to draft a top shelf QB if they so desired.

    .

  11. steelchampions says: Nov 14, 2013 8:00 PM

    It’s interesting he gets labeled that he’s ‘no Peyton Manning’, now. He’s never been ‘Peyton Manning’! But that doesn’t mean anything, anyway. His performance has declined ever since Todd Haley was brought in. I think he can’t stand Haley and Haley’s offense and he’s ready to move on or be moved on if the Steelers choose Haley over him.

    Either way the Steelers have a choice to make since their cap situation is near implosion. Trade him and get something of value in return or dump Haley and try to get him at a good price with the promise of an offense he likes.

    It’s all kind of sad in a way. I think the bigger part of blame can go to poor cap management. If they can get it straightened out over the next season or two maybe they’ll be able to look back and know what not to do next time.

  12. bigdaddybullwhip says: Nov 14, 2013 8:01 PM

    If Ben can get in more type of trouble the Bengals would welcome him.

  13. superross says: Nov 14, 2013 8:01 PM

    Would he take Sanchez money to play for the Jets?

  14. apkyletexas says: Nov 14, 2013 8:02 PM

    “the signs already are emerging that he wants more than $20 million per year. There’s no way the Steelers will pay him that much.”

    ====================

    That’s what a starting qb in the NFL costs. The Steelers don’t have a choice. They’ll pay him $20 mil/year, or they’ll pay it to the next true #1 qb.

    Unless they believe Ben’s not as good as Flacco, which clearly is not the case. Ben has repeatedly beaten and outplayed Flacco, even in some of their recent, down years.

    But as I’ve said, if someone wants to give the Steelers 2 number one draft picks for Ben, I’m all for it. Especially if they could get any picks at all for Polamalu, Woodley, and Ike Taylor. Then they could fire Colbert and get a decent GM and do a complete rebuild next year, ala Indianapolis.

  15. sandypar77 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:05 PM

    Welcome to Buffalo Ben

  16. journeyman36 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:06 PM

    So, the Steelers want to trade Ben, so they’re trashing his work ethic to the other 31 teams? That makes no sense.

  17. donmcg2012 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:06 PM

    He isn’t worth 5 million a year, no player is. That’s why attendance is down and watching at home has gotten to be the better option. Fans are tired of paying the salaries that are getting out of control. Stay home, much better experience.

  18. tonyugoh says: Nov 14, 2013 8:08 PM

    He and Steelers fans may not want to hear it, but Big Ben to Arizona makes too much sense not to happen.

  19. WACANHFL says: Nov 14, 2013 8:10 PM

    I can see why Pittsburgh doesn’t want this unsavory character… maybe the whiners can swap QB’s? Rothlesberger can hang with the whiners unsavory characters… (not that the other 30 teams don’t have some bad seeds). I would love to see Rothlesberger get whacked 2x a year by the hawks.

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 14, 2013 8:11 PM

    The Steelers have no leverage, Ben is in control. That is why it is more likely that he made the play or rather somebody did indirectly for him. PIT is in a weak negotiating position to begin with, and this variable is more in favor of Ben’s hand than theirs. They don’t have as good of a motive to implant the hint or the tip this early into the process, but it definitely could serve as a fascinating way to disrupt the flow of that negotiation process from Ben’s perspective, and then to get out in front and make a stump speech.

    The tables are now tilted in favor of Ben more than they were a week ago. So if PIT leaked the rumor, then that’s their business to determine if that check size was worth whatever their vision is.

  21. cocheese000 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:15 PM

    I can understand Ben wanting to get paid 20 million but I also understand the steelers not wanting to pay an aging qb that has took an absolute beating throughout his career.

  22. 91devinhester23 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:16 PM

    “this kind of thing never happens in pittsburgh”

  23. beardinals says: Nov 14, 2013 8:17 PM

    1) With their cap problems and aging roster, I see the “R” word in their near future.

    2) I can’t See Ben making anywhere near $20m unless it’s tied to outstanding performance. in his contract.

    3) Name me a better landing place than the Cardinals. O-line improving, but still need a QB that can move. Pretty much every other piece of the roster is in place. Papa Bruce. Fitz has a few years left (just like Ben). Stellar defense.

  24. realfootballfan says: Nov 14, 2013 8:18 PM

    This has been well known for years, so if anyone brought it up, it’s kind of meaningless since he has two rings and wasn’t just along for the ride.

  25. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Nov 14, 2013 8:19 PM

    in the end nflnetwork >>> nbc boring sports

  26. beardinals says: Nov 14, 2013 8:19 PM

    apkyletexas says:
    Nov 14, 2013 8:02 PM
    That’s what a starting qb in the NFL costs. The Steelers don’t have a choice. They’ll pay him $20 mil/year, or they’ll pay it to the next true #1 qb.
    ———————————-

    Rookies don’t cost anywhere near that much and they would be on the team for a while before it comes time to pay them that much.

  27. t8ertot says: Nov 14, 2013 8:19 PM

    And you all are just as bad as NFL network

  28. koenig61 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:24 PM

    I’m 52, I used to love coming to this site to read about sports, however now it’s just a joke. First of all, about 75% of the stories now are just bait material to attract trolls to trash on rival teams. People come on here and make hateful racial jokes about each other, the articles are just full of speculation, and unnamed sources. They are written in such a way as to just attract the most mean and hateful people. A journalist who I used to respect , yes you mike Florio, has recently just decided to go down to the gutter and report the worst possible garbage and report it as news. I’m sick of it. Just once I’d like to see some news where it’s not just bait material to attract the trolls. Every time I tried to post an analytical argument to this swill you call news, you never post it. Your so called reporters, are so thin skinned, they refuse to post anything that is the opposite of their opinion, or in any way point out their innacura it’s. What is so hard about emailing us posters back to explain why you don’t post our comments? Is it possible you don’t have a reason?

  29. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 14, 2013 8:24 PM

    I also think Ben is a better actor than Incognito. I have a sci-fi script I am working on that I’m going to try and cast him in about 15 years ago as long as he doesn’t have a Fantex contract in play.

  30. jpietrefesa says: Nov 14, 2013 8:24 PM

    What are you talking about? This article makes no sense and is completely fabricated with nothing but speculation. You’re the one making up rumors and creating assumptions. This is only an issue because the media (YOU) keep making outrageous reports. Give it a rest.

  31. Grinds My Gear says: Nov 14, 2013 8:27 PM

    Whose Mike Silver’s unnamed source? Hue Jackson? The guy is a tool.

  32. melikefootball says: Nov 14, 2013 8:29 PM

    Sounds like the NFL network as predicted feels it is bigger than it is. The quality of the networks shows continue to go down and yet they still feel they know all. I find this as many things the network and any media outlet does is very questionable. They also are great in picking and choosing what they go after,

  33. jakec4 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:30 PM

    3) Name me a better landing place than the Cardinals. O-line improving, but still need a QB that can move. Pretty much every other piece of the roster is in place. Papa Bruce. Fitz has a few years left (just like Ben). Stellar defense.

    ————————————————————

    It’s Jacksonville. I’m pretty sure the Steelers wouldn’t mind the first or second pick in the draft. The Jaguars would be so nervous about missing on another QB in the draft that they could bring Ben in, and build a team around that. QB is definitely their biggest problem, and Ben isn’t all that old. They’d automatically improve by five or six wins. It’s better than selling their fanbase on another one or two win season.

  34. nflguru12 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:30 PM

    Roethlisberger is a washed up has been, perfect for the Vikings.

  35. bensstinkyfingers says: Nov 14, 2013 8:30 PM

    He’s good as gone! Look for ben to be wearing a Vikings or Jags jersey next season. 5x of course.

  36. isphet71 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:32 PM

    Why do I have this ominous feeling as a Lions fan that the Steelers will come out this week and play way, way better this week because of all this crapulation (crap + speculation!)

  37. coachbeck says: Nov 14, 2013 8:35 PM

    Makes sense to ship him out. Steeler cap situation is aweful. They need a rookie qb contract to get their house in order. It sucks to rebuild but that’s what they are doing will be 2-3 years till their relevant again. Makes sense for Tomlin and Haley to get their guy. And Arians and others would pay for him.

  38. nflwatcher says: Nov 14, 2013 8:41 PM

    Does that mean he’s not making Pizzas?

  39. freethinker65 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:44 PM

    Who benefits from a poisoning of the relationship between Big Ben and the Steelers (other than PFT stirring up page views)? What unnamed Steeler “source” would be offensive enough to coordinate bad blood between the two? Whose job would be on the line if the Steelers gave Big Ben the capstone contract he has earned? If Big Ben isn’t worth top money then why are so many teams being mentioned as landing places? Does the Lone Ranger know that Tonto has disguised himself?

  40. thereyougo2 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:47 PM

    Steelers need OL help nothing wrong with the QB. Like the above poster states 20m is the going rate for top tier QBs.

    Steelers need to get younger on defense.

  41. crimson428 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:50 PM

    If Ben wants something bad enough he will just force it.

  42. mayfieldroadboy says: Nov 14, 2013 8:51 PM

    Roethlisberger to Arizona. Arizona is the home of aging, AFC North players and coaches.

  43. natijim235 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:54 PM

    Ben not the sharpest knife in the drawer

  44. metalman5150 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:59 PM

    NFLN Thursday night football.
    Ryan Fitzpatrick dives forward (head-first) with no contact and upon hitting the ground, fumbles the football. (RG3 did the same thing and it resulted in a fumble / subsequent turnover). Of course in this titans case, on Thursday night football, no official ‘sees’ pagano’s challenge flag and a couple of plays later, Fitzpatrick slides, feet first.
    Just saying NFLN has every interest in making sure *wink* that the home crowd walks away happily. It may even boast subscriptions next year.

  45. thesteelskirt says: Nov 14, 2013 9:04 PM

    Big Ben looks like McNair did at the end of his run as a game changer. If I had to put money down id say he moves on to Arizona with Arians and tries to help Fitz win a ring, Carson has not look the same since the curtain literally fell down on him.

  46. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Nov 14, 2013 9:04 PM

    In the future, can you please label any stories involving Mike Silver in the headlines. That way I can avoid reading his garbage. That media hack must want to make up for being picked on by jocks because all he does is stir up to poo poo. Can’t stand that POS

  47. metalman5150 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:06 PM

    Three too many titans on the field and not one judge sees it? NFLN Home field. Football

  48. kibblesnvick says: Nov 14, 2013 9:10 PM

    Letting Bruce Arians get away was Pittsburgh’s biggest mistake… Todd Haley is a terrible OC.

  49. kibblesnvick says: Nov 14, 2013 9:12 PM

    Also, whenever Silver quotes “unnamed” sources he’s just quoting his “opinion”.

  50. thirdistheworrd says: Nov 14, 2013 9:12 PM

    thestrategyexpert says: Nov 14, 2013 7:56 PM

    Or Ben could have tipped the lead to make PIT look guilty to add one layer of gamesmanship for them to trip over and miscalculate? Just trying to find the extra dollar.
    ___________
    This guy may be on to something. It’s all about the dollar. And I could definitely see the CIA and Haliburton putting Ben up to this as part of a master plan to secure the massive oil reserves hidden under Heinz Field.

    Then they could use the ensuing quarterback controversy as the perfect venue to cover up the Kennedy assassination with a fake moon landing (filmed by John Mara, of course).

  51. thirdistheworrd says: Nov 14, 2013 9:17 PM

    freethinker65 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:44 PM

    Who benefits from a poisoning of the relationship between Big Ben and the Steelers (other than PFT stirring up page views)?
    ______________
    My first thought too. This why this site is virtually unusable by Redskins fans. Polarizing teams don;t get actual stories, just controversial speculations that we might be speculating about more controversial speculations in the future.

  52. vikingapologist says: Nov 14, 2013 9:29 PM

    Perect time for my Vikes to pass on a future franchise draftee and bring in one more old vet, although I think Ben has a ton of football left, bad o line , no running game, average receivers ….. He is still a stud

  53. Deb says: Nov 14, 2013 9:29 PM

    NFLN doesn’t need a source within the team to tell them Roethlisberger isn’t Manninglike in his prep. Anyone who’s followed the team more than five minutes knows the guy isn’t a student of the game and doesn’t work up to the level of the game’s best QBs. NFLN doesn’t need a secret source to tell them Ben’s hinting that he should be paid top QB money. He’s made that clear on his radio show.

    The only interesting thing I took from the pregame conversation on NFLN is, despite all the denials, Rapoport’s sticking to his story that Ben’s looking to be traded. I don’t see the Steelers playing media games to send messages to Ben. But I could see him playing games to send messages to them.

  54. stew48 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:30 PM

    So far, sir Florio, there is absolutely no indication Ben wants 20mil or up. Get real!

  55. thirdistheworrd says: Nov 14, 2013 9:32 PM

    jakec4 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:30 PM

    3) Name me a better landing place than the Cardinals. O-line improving, but still need a QB that can move. Pretty much every other piece of the roster is in place. Papa Bruce. Fitz has a few years left (just like Ben). Stellar defense.

    ————————————————————

    It’s Jacksonville. I’m pretty sure the Steelers wouldn’t mind the first or second pick in the draft. The Jaguars would be so nervous about missing on another QB in the draft that they could bring Ben in, and build a team around that. QB is definitely their biggest problem, and Ben isn’t all that old.
    __________

    I don’t really buy this story in the first place, but have you seen this year’s QB class? If the Jaguars can’t find a starter this year they should be forcibly relocated to London.

    Moreover, Ben is “all that old”. Because he’s big, he’s taking more of a beating in his career than any other QB in the league. Super Bowl winning 24-year-old “Big Ben” is now 31-year old “Big, Banged-Up Ben” He’s still capable, but has at most three or four good years left, if that. In other words, he’s not a player to build a team around at this stage in his career: especially for a long-struggling franchise like Jacksonville.

  56. myhawks1976 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:37 PM

    donmcg2012,

    you are aware that NFL attendance is actually booming and that tickets account for less than 8% of team revenue right?

    staying home and watching the game, based on the figures currently paid by networks and advertisers is more profitable for teams than tailgating in parking lots.

    but hey, let’s not allow fact, reality, or common sense to mess up a great story!!!

    you probably think that lower player salaries would result in lower ticket prices too right?

    todays lesson is “supply and demand”. read chapters 1-6 and then think before posting again.

    wise man once said….. its better to be quiet and thought the fool than open ones mouf and remove all doubt.

    google it.

  57. jaypell says: Nov 14, 2013 9:42 PM

    I’ll be highly upset if my Pittsburgh Steelers are conducting business this way..BIG BEN IS PITTSBURGH .PERIOD ….

  58. whodeybengalsfan says: Nov 14, 2013 9:42 PM

    Trade Scenario:

    Big Ben and 3 “rapes-to-be-named later” for Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.

  59. nickster31 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:46 PM

    Too much smoke for no fire. Steelers (Steelers fan here) are putting out feelers, trying to build up the market.

    If a team like Jacksonville were to be willing to give up their 1st? It would make Arizona and Minnesota have to pay more. Pittsburgh WOULD NOT trade Ben to a team that has no chance. In AZ, Ben would have Bruce, Fitz and even Mendenhall. In Minnesota, he will be playing in a dome AND with AP in the backfield. Either COULD become a threat with Ben at QB.
    If we can get a 1 & 3 for him? Jump on it.

  60. sbh33 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:46 PM

    Isn’t this where some PFT moron tells us about 6 rings, and the Steeler way? Puck Fittsburgh!

  61. chuke43 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:51 PM

    This story, and comments, are a joke! If you are a Steeler fan, you follow the local writers that follow the team daily. There are no legs to this story, as much as these hacks want you to believe. They have websites, blogs, to sell, to get your attention, and their names to sell. It’s amusing to read the comments, of uneducated fools, and dreamers of the Steeler demise, and Ben will be the quarterback, of your team, because you don’t have one, that’s won multiple Super Bowls. There is a reason they have 6 Lombardi’s, 3 head coaches in 5 decades, and that is the Rooney family…..Ben will retire a Steeler….mark it down.

  62. brownsince64 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:06 PM

    If the Steelers are going to try to get something in return, leaked comments like these are not exactly going to increase his trade value.

  63. @Cereal_22 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:08 PM

    You can’t fix stupid Pittsburgh

  64. joewilliesshnoz says: Nov 14, 2013 10:21 PM

    I’d trade him for a corned beef sandwich, anything more than that is a steal for the Rooney’s.

  65. gettingpwned says: Nov 14, 2013 10:28 PM

    The problem is that rapoport has ZERO reliable steelers sources. If it was Aditi (sp?), that’d be another story. But it’s not…

  66. patriotinvasion says: Nov 14, 2013 10:30 PM

    I don’t care how tough of a year it is in Pittsburgh, you don’t get rid of a 31 year old QB who has played in 3 of the past 8 Super Bowls…winning 2…including leading one of the most epic game winning TD drives in Super Bowl history.

    – signed, Patriots fan

  67. richcranium2112 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:36 PM

    Pittsburgh sucks. Steeler Nation has been in denial that the team even existed for forty years before they won a championship.

    They’re just looking to move up in the draft, then give Tomlin another opportunity to rebuild the team. #washedupbigben

  68. contract says: Nov 14, 2013 10:47 PM

    “There’s no way the Steelers will pay him that much.”

    Want to bet on that?

  69. gdobs227 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:48 PM

    Of course Ben wants out of Pittsburgh. He has already harassed, molested, and assaulted every female in Western Pennsylvania. There’s nothing left for him to accomplish there. He needs to move on in search of new deviant adventures.

  70. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 14, 2013 10:48 PM

    Ok lets trade the old guys for draft picks. Not sure how thats going to solve any problems. Its not like tomlin has had a great track record at drafting. Just look at the last eight years.

  71. chuke43 says: Nov 14, 2013 10:52 PM

    Lame story with no legs. I laugh at the comments here! There is a reason the Steelers have 6 Lombardi’s…3 coaches in 5 decades, 2 franchise QB’s, Bradshaw, and Roethlisberger….the Rooney family knows how to win…Ben will retire a Steeler…mark it down!

  72. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 14, 2013 11:05 PM

    Been saying for some time – – Ben is lazy.

    It’s obvious now that:
    1 – he’s older
    2 – he doesn’t have the running game

    He’s not an elite QB.

    He will not get much in trade other than cap relief.

  73. nawlinsmitty says: Nov 14, 2013 11:07 PM

    Let him go. Past his prime. Mistake prone.

  74. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 14, 2013 11:10 PM

    nickster31 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:46 PM

    Too much smoke for no fire. Steelers (Steelers fan here) are putting out feelers, trying to build up the market.

    If a team like Jacksonville were to be willing to give up their 1st? It would make Arizona and Minnesota have to pay more. Pittsburgh WOULD NOT trade Ben to a team that has no chance. In AZ, Ben would have Bruce, Fitz and even Mendenhall. In Minnesota, he will be playing in a dome AND with AP in the backfield. Either COULD become a threat with Ben at QB.
    If we can get a 1 & 3 for him? Jump on it.
    ==============================

    Nick, pour water on your face. You’re apparently sleeping.

    So let’s see, you’re the GM of Jacksonville. Would you give a first, one of the top couple picks in the draft, for an old, heavy, immobile QB who was never that good and is now much worse, when your team sucks everywhere?

    NO ONE is giving a 1 for Roth. GUARANTEE.

    Much less a 1 and a 3.

    You’ll get a 2 and a 4.

    Possibly a 2 and a conditional 3.

    AT MOST.

    And I’m being GENEROUS.

  75. dietrich43 says: Nov 14, 2013 11:11 PM

    They will get rid of Haley. Too many lawsuits follow him. And he is a bad OC.

  76. mylionsroaring says: Nov 14, 2013 11:20 PM

    Lets see what he is worth after Suh and Fairley get a hold of him.

  77. billiamsofdollars says: Nov 14, 2013 11:56 PM

    There’s some dreamers in Pittsburgh man. There’s no way anyone’s giving up a number 1 for this guy, especially number 1 in the entire draft. He’s over 30 and he’s not good enough at this point to warrant a #1. Everyone knows the cap situation the Steelers are in. If they’re looking to unload Ben, they really don’t have the upper hand in negotiations.

  78. steeltuff says: Nov 15, 2013 12:07 AM

    I haven’t seen this much discord on the team since the pre-Chuck Noll days. The Colbert/Tomlin duo has not drafted well and have mismanaged the salary cap. The only way for the Rooney’s to get back to respectability is to clean house, which means getting as high a draft choice as they can for Ben and ridding themselves of, but not limited to, Clark, Keisel, Worilds, Gay, Hood, Dwyer and Sanders.

  79. legendaryordinance says: Nov 15, 2013 12:44 AM

    At first I couldn’t imagine Big Ben being traded but the more I read ppls comments the more the possibility of him leaving seems real. So what if he goes to AZ to reunite with all the former Steelers will Clark follow? What if Johnny Manziel is available? Would that be a good fit for Pittsburgh? Todd Haley is gone. Period. The GM also. We fix the o-line by drafting better guys. Get a power running back. Emmanuel sanders leaves also. Our defensive coordinator retires. And we hit the restart button. Yes it sounds scary to see so many ppl go but they way we are headed 0-16 may be next years record then what?

  80. jeffa43 says: Nov 15, 2013 12:45 AM

    Michael Silver……

    Dude has a unnamed source for everyone of his own thoughts.

  81. apkyletexas says: Nov 15, 2013 12:50 AM

    chuke43 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 9:51 PM
    This story, and comments, are a joke! If you are a Steeler fan, you follow the local writers that follow the team daily. There are no legs to this story, as much as these hacks want you to believe.

    ========================

    On the contrary, Gerry Dulac with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette newspaper said yesterday in his online chat that Rapaport has good sources and that Dulac himself has heard similar things from his Steeler sources.

    Ed Bouchette with the Post Gazette on his chat said he trusted Rapaport.

  82. kayakattack says: Nov 15, 2013 1:04 AM

    Steelers Fans must be delusional because there is no way the top 5 teams will trade away their pick for Ben. He’s one of the most overrated QB’s in the history of pro football. Even when he was the Super Bowl champ years, he was barely worth a middle-late first.. His value has to be in the 3rd or 4th at this point of his career.

  83. mclovin07 says: Nov 15, 2013 3:16 AM

    IMO he’s a 8-10M a year player and personally, I don’t want him on my team as I could see him going downhill rather fast and OUT of the NFL in 3 years easy….if he thinks ANYONE is paying him 20M, he’s suffering from concussion symptoms from the motorcycle crash years ago…

  84. boomgrounder says: Nov 15, 2013 3:44 AM

    He ought to change his name to Big Been! It’s time for him to go. The Steelers missed the playoffs last season as an 8-8 team and are struggling this season also. It’s time to move on. Trade him while he still has value. He has turned into a human QB sack., turnover machine. He is not a leader and it is not a coincidence that when the team loses its leaders it falls apart. The guy is a phony.

  85. gavriloprincip33 says: Nov 15, 2013 4:12 AM

    chuke43 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 9:51 PM
    Ben will retire a Steeler….mark it down.

    ——-
    We hope you are right!

    – Fans of the other 31 teams

  86. olcap says: Nov 15, 2013 4:22 AM

    And now they’ve announced that Mike Tomlin’s job is safe for 2014. Incredible that’s all I can say.

  87. thermalito says: Nov 15, 2013 4:40 AM

    The 49ers should trade Colin Kaeperpick for him straight up

  88. bigbenownsthenfl says: Nov 15, 2013 4:51 AM

    nobody is “manning like” in their preparation for game time. so comparing him and manning is apples and oranges. ben isn’t going anywhere. there is no way that will happen. if you ever watched the steelers for 5 seconds you would know that it took 30 plus years to find a franchise QB. they wont gamble on the draft landing them 1. the draft is a crapshoot! look how many teams thought they were getting a franchise QB through the years only to end up with a dud. ben has been to 3 super bowls. and he is a 1st ballot hall of famer! ohhh yaaa I said it!

  89. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 15, 2013 5:35 AM

    You continue to ramp up the media blitz on Roethlisberger — yet, demean Roethlisberger for talking about it, when he’s responding to the “crisis” you’re fanning the flames of.

  90. tavisteelersfan says: Nov 15, 2013 6:48 AM

    Listening to Rappaport and Silver on
    NFL.com you get the image of the mean girl tweeners spreading gossip and innuendo against the girl not in the room . . . “Hey did you guys here . . .”. Sad to see LT sucked into it.

    Can’t wait to seeBen and Troy on Sunday. Hard to imaging this kind’ve money to go to Pittsburgh and not have their stars o! The field. But why would the Rooney’s care if our crowd of four decided to stay home if the best Steelers are gone next year?

    Reporters, ask the question of who draws fans with dollars?

  91. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 15, 2013 7:05 AM

    The Bubby Brister Era has returned.

  92. TheRealLogicalVoice says: Nov 15, 2013 7:22 AM

    If fat Ben get’s 20 mil I will pull a Mark Wahlberg and try out for them. Dude is on his way down and deserves Carson Palmer money.

  93. dumbpollack says: Nov 15, 2013 7:30 AM

    Long shot here;

    We’ll take him! Come on home, Ben (Browns). Put him on the Browns and we all of a sudden are a real contender in the AFC. Plus our O line is better so he won’t get killed every week. People in Cleveland are so starved, we don’t care what he would do “away from the facility”!

  94. pabrownsfan says: Nov 15, 2013 7:41 AM

    For the Patriots fan that said you don’t get rid of a Super Bowl q.b. Ever hear of a guy named Joe Montana?

  95. horsepedlr says: Nov 15, 2013 7:43 AM

    we already have an old qb in palmer we don’t need an over the hill high priced bookend to go with him. az won’t do it. they won’t give up a #1 draft choice for him , hell not even a#6. we don’t need any more pitt castoffs, that crew who did all that are gone, wiz , graves are both gone. yea!!!!

  96. bikeman99 says: Nov 15, 2013 7:51 AM

    Ben is 31, he will get upwards of 20 million per season from the Steelers. They went too long with Bubby Brister and his ilk. NFL network is crazy

    The Steelers have sold out every game since the merger, they have 15000 on their wait list.

    Pay the man Shirley

  97. bengalskuta82 says: Nov 15, 2013 7:58 AM

    Ben would look good in strips. He will win a SBowl again if he does. Hey it would be nice to play for your hometown. Wouldn’t it?

  98. karla36 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:10 AM

    He’s not going to be worth much after the smackdown Suh puts on him Sunday!! Looking forward to it!

  99. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 15, 2013 8:14 AM

    Didn’t we all kind of figure out Big Ben wasn’t anything like Manning outside the facility when he was partying like a frat boy raping women in bathroom stalls? O.o

  100. johnnybgood19 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:17 AM

    Everyone sing along:

    By the time he gets to Phoenix we’ll be rising
    we’ll find the note he left hangin’ on his locker door
    We’ll laugh when we read the part that says he’s leavin’
    ‘Cause that’s exactly what we were looking for.

  101. fatsolio says: Nov 15, 2013 8:34 AM

    I’ll laugh big time if any team is dumb enough to pay him over 20 mil a year. I have no doubt the Ravens regret their idiotic contract for Flacco as they see he is not the elite guy that type of salary represents. Ben isn’t elite either.

  102. tomthebombtracy says: Nov 15, 2013 8:37 AM

    When you think of HOF type QBs that have retired in exile it was either injury (Peyton, not EXACTLY in exile) or a young guy pressing him (Steve Young for Joe Montana and Aaron Rodgers for Brett Favre) that were big time contributing elements. Neither seems to exist in Pittsburgh although I hope Ben survives a Boy Named Suh Sunday.

    I don’t remember how Johnny U ended up in San Diego but is wasn’t pretty.

    Ben re-signs for another $100,000,000 maybe the first to sign two nine figure deal but then it plays out some years from now…but not now!

  103. pillowporkers says: Nov 15, 2013 8:40 AM

    If the Vikings took Aaron barr/clowney in the first, traded our high second like the chiefs and 49ers and the steelers were willing, I’d definitely want to do it.

  104. fwippel says: Nov 15, 2013 8:49 AM

    Using Peyton Manning as a comparison to Big Ben is a bit short sighted. For starters, Roethlisberger has played six fewer seasons than Manning, but has led the Steelers to a 2-1 record in Super Bowls.

    So in other words, he’s got one more ring than Peyton. The Steelers might want to find another avenue on which to state their case.

    On the other hand, if the Steelers want to trade him, they’ll find plently of suitors.

  105. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Nov 15, 2013 9:59 AM

    Personally, I hope they pay him to stay. It would be a juggernaut contract. But given how cash strapped they already are, I doubt I’m that lucky.

  106. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 15, 2013 10:03 AM

    And I’m being GENEROUS

    You have to be generous as the steelers led by a Fat Old Ben beat your sorry assed Ravens. Be thankful you are not taxed on your bs or you would be broke Joe Montana Flacco

  107. southcarolinamike says: Nov 15, 2013 10:26 AM

    They can call it whatever they want. I heard Tomlinson make the best comment about Ben yet last night. Basically, he reinforced something I already suspected and that is Ben is disinterested in his job. Trading him isn’t going to make him interested in being an NFL player.

    Ben has always had a lazy streak in him going back to his early days and getting criticized in the media by his teammates for being the last one in the locker room every day. Take a lazy guy and make him disinterested and there is a huge problem.

  108. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 15, 2013 8:17 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 15, 2013 10:03 AM

    And I’m being GENEROUS

    You have to be generous as the steelers led by a Fat Old Ben beat your sorry assed Ravens. Be thankful you are not taxed on your bs or you would be broke Joe Montana Flacco
    =======================

    Why assume I’m a Flacco fan?

    Flacco is as irrelevant as Pig Pen.

    It’s just that Flacco won a SB within the last many years.

    Hope you’re young.

    Otherwise you’ll never see another SB.

  109. northsidesteel says: Nov 16, 2013 7:07 AM

    While Ben’s best days might be behind him, anyone that doesn’t think he is a top tier QB isn’t paying attention. Ben has had a sub-par OL since Alan Faneca left in 2008. He took to Steelers to two Super Bowls with patchwork protection. While he might look like Dick Van Dyke falling over an ottoman out there, his size and strength, along with his ability to read defenses on the run while putting the ball where it needs to be (usually) is what makes him so valuable. While other teams are looking for the next RGIII or Cam Newton to do the run option, no one is looking for someone like Ben because his skills are unique to him. The Steelers are lucky to have him, and if for some reason the Steelers and/or Ben decided that they should part company, the team that ends up with him will be lucky as well.

  110. southcarolinamike says: Nov 16, 2013 10:08 AM

    northsidesteel,
    Ben may be strong, but he looks like he is falling over an ottoman because his body is shot and there is little coordination. Ben can’t read defenses and is incapable of throwing the ball on a quick slant. His accuracy is terrible this year and anyone watching can see that.

    Are the Steelers lucky to have him. Probably not at this point. They were, at one point, lucky to have him but the luck seems to have run out.

    Ben is killing the Steelers with turnovers. There are nine QBs in the nfl with interceptions equal to or more than Ben. Six of those teams have losing records. Two of the winning teams are one loss from being .500. The only decent one in the bunch is Cincinnati. Let’s not pretend Ben isn’t a huge problem for the Steelers. A QB with poor accuracy is an interception waiting to happen and Ben’s accuracy is poor.

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