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Rooney on Roethlisberger trade rumors: “It’s ridiculous”

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At a time when the network partially owned by the Steelers has crafted a cottage industry out of the possibility that franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be traded, the man who partially owns the Steelers has provided his own opinion on the situation.

It’s ridiculous,” Art Rooney II said Sunday, via Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Roethlisberger separately addressed the situation, again.

“There’s no truth to this,” Roethlisberger. “I mean none.  On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s like a minus-1 million.  It’s crazy, honestly.”

The comments came after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network finally added some meat to the bone of a report that had pinballed through the airwaves for a week, indicating that Roethlisberger’s concerns are money and losing.

“False and false,” Roethlisberger said. “Did Ian do that one?  Surprise, surprise.”

But Roethlisberger’s contract continues to loom over the franchise.  He’ll need a new deal after the season due to the salary cap, and the thinking is that he’ll want to be paid in the range of $20 million per year, like some of the guys who have won less than two Super Bowls (e.g., Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning).

Meanwhile, Rooney has yet to rule out a trade involving Rapoport.

For more insights on Ben’s future in Pittsburgh, including the question of whether he’ll take less than top-of-market value to stay there, here’s former Steelers receiver Hines Ward from the set of Football Night in America.

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52 Responses to “Rooney on Roethlisberger trade rumors: “It’s ridiculous””
  1. TheRealLogicalVoice says: Nov 18, 2013 10:31 AM

    If Pitt gives him 20 mil per season then they deserve to let their roster get old and be mediocre for the next 10 years.

  2. souldogdave says: Nov 18, 2013 10:40 AM

    The Steelers are bad this year. Not Washington Redskins bad, but still a shadow of what once was.The roster is already old, and Big Ben isn’t getting any smarter…

  3. citizenstrange says: Nov 18, 2013 10:43 AM

    Just remember that the Lions have a bottom 10 defense. Matt McGloin had three TD passes against the #2 Texan defense. It’s just that the bar is set so incredibly low for Roethlisberger that a home upset of a team that has a slight chance of making the playoffs is like the Steelers Super Bowl. They sure aren’t going to the real one.

    Remember …. the Steelers will not make the playoffs until at least 2017 when both Roethlisberger and Tomlin are gone.

  4. 6ball says: Nov 18, 2013 10:46 AM

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    I believe Rooney. Why would the Steelers be talking trade now? The trading deadline has passed.

    However, during the offseason they will have to make a long term decision at QB. Do they sign BR to an expensive, cap killing contract? Or, do the move him to another team for picks and save on the cap space, while drafting the QB of the future?

    This doesn’t seem like a Steelers vs BR situation. It seems more like a team with an offseason decision to make at the QB spot.

    The Ravens had a similar situation with Joe Flacco and signed him. The 49ers had a somewhat similar with Smith before moving him to the Chiefs for a pair of #2’s.

    These are personnel decisions, not personal decisions.

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  5. Steeley McBeam says: Nov 18, 2013 10:50 AM

    Ben was the best quarterback on the field yesterday. Not just in Pittsburgh, but the entire country. Why in the world people still believe there’s any chance they trade him is beyond me.

    Great to see Ben call out Rapoport by name thou. This story needs to be dropped, at least until the offseason. There’s still a lot of football left to play and if Ben continues to play like he did yesterday, maybe even more than was expected a couple weeks ago.

    Great play calling and quarterbacking yesterday. At least for one Sunday, nither Ben nor Haley could be criticized for their game.

  6. crewdawg says: Nov 18, 2013 10:58 AM

    Big Ben not very good at math.

  7. pitpenguinsrulez says: Nov 18, 2013 10:59 AM

    I still don’t care for Art Rooney II…he needs to get out of the past. The reason we has success yesterday was that Ben called most of the game.

  8. Deb says: Nov 18, 2013 11:00 AM

    Can’t remember the last time Ben Roethlisberger played like he did yesterday. Would be happy to have that guy stick around a while. If Ian Rapoport and his trade rumors are responsible for Ben stepping up, then God bless him. More rumors, please!

  9. floriosnutz says: Nov 18, 2013 11:01 AM

    Nice win yesterday. That said, they need to stay focused on continued improvement of offensive line play, and development of new young defensive players.

  10. jmblosser82 says: Nov 18, 2013 11:01 AM

    Granted Ben is a lot better then Flacco is, but who says he will demand 20 million plus a year? I am certainly not in the room during contract talks and anything other then the signed contract is hearsay. He might surprise us, pull a Brady, and give the team breathing room to sign game changers. I would like Ben to stay but not for an overpayment.

  11. gatorarms says: Nov 18, 2013 11:04 AM

    This is all coming internally from the Steelers. They want other teams to know Ben might be available and are simultaneously trying to devalue him by making it look like this is all coming from him.

    Just shut up and pay him this offseason, unless you want a return to the Bubby Brister era. Franchise QBs are not so easy to find.

  12. florida76 says: Nov 18, 2013 11:05 AM

    Comparing Alex Smith with Big Ben is like comparing a Toyota Corolla with a Corvette. # 7 will soon hold all the club passing records, and has already earned himself a place in Canton. Getting a QB of the future is a huge gamble when you already have a HOF caliber one who turns 32 for the 2014 season.

    While BR figures to age faster due to the punishment he’s taken over the years, the list of young QB failures is daunting. I don’t see anyone in college right now who had the skillset of # 7 when he was at Miami of Ohio.

  13. rodh32340 says: Nov 18, 2013 11:17 AM

    This proud franchise is teetering towards permanent instability with all of the offensive disagreements, no running game and an O- line that resembles the Dolphins. What will it take to put the Steel back in their persona?

  14. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 18, 2013 11:21 AM

    Ben knows he will win his 3rd SB this year. He’s obviously a smart businessman to defer any discussions until then.

  15. bobzilla1001 says: Nov 18, 2013 11:21 AM

    I say the Steelers ought to sign Roethlisberger to a six-year, $300 million extension. Then fill out the rest of their roster with volunteers.
    Here’s how difficult it is to play quarterback in today’s NFL: Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, in his first-ever NFL start, threw three TD passes on Sunday. McGloin also was a walk-on at Penn State.
    Today’s NFL is a quarterback-friendly league, which has devalued veteran QBs while increasing the success rate of young, inexperienced QBs.
    Quarterbacks who perform like “100 million quarterbacks” once or twice a season against 30th-ranked defenses are a lot less harder to come by than ever before.

  16. randomguy9999 says: Nov 18, 2013 11:30 AM

    Rooney would get rid of him if he were smart… Rothy isn’t getting it done anymore

  17. stoogy says: Nov 18, 2013 11:32 AM

    Steelers recievers has some pretty good YAC yesterday to make Ben appear to have a better game then he actually did. Crown Ben all you want but the recievers were the ones that produced they yards.

  18. joetoronto says: Nov 18, 2013 11:37 AM

    This is his last season as a Steeler, that much is clear.

  19. steelerben says: Nov 18, 2013 11:37 AM

    florida76 says:
    Nov 18, 2013 11:05 AM
    Comparing Alex Smith with Big Ben is like comparing a Toyota Corolla with a Corvette. # 7 will soon hold all the club passing records, and has already earned himself a place in Canton. Getting a QB of the future is a huge gamble when you already have a HOF caliber one who turns 32 for the 2014 season.

    While BR figures to age faster due to the punishment he’s taken over the years, the list of young QB failures is daunting. I don’t see anyone in college right now who had the skillset of # 7 when he was at Miami of Ohio.

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    I’d slow the roll on the Hall of Fame talk. He’s been to the dance three times and won it twice, but the defense had a much bigger hand in that than anything else. He holds a bunch of club records on a team that has traditionally been a run first team when they were any good in a league that is passing friendly.

    That being said, his numbers do hash out to show he’s the best the team has had to date. While a trade in the offseason to bring in good draft picks and breathing room in the cap, keeping him wouldn’t be a back breaker either if he doesn’t try to be the next $100 million man.

    The team needs more than Ben to win. The defense needs to get younger, the offensive line needs to get better and the running game needs to get anything going.

  20. troy43mvp says: Nov 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    15 mil a year Ben. That’s it take or leave it. Give another team a chance to pay Ben more and draft Cb’s and safeties. In the mid section of the draft get one of those in between sized 3-4 defensive LB pass rusher and cut Ziggy Hood and use that money to get a decent free agent O lineman. Trade Emannuel Sanders for Andre Johnson. Win a division that is pretty weak.

  21. tremoluxman says: Nov 18, 2013 11:48 AM

    Those throw-back jerseys made them look like the Pittsburgh Killer Bees.

  22. jmblosser82 says: Nov 18, 2013 12:04 PM

    You people do realize Ben has already signed a $100 million contract. If they can extend him for 15 mil a year that’s still probably too high of a hit for him..

  23. wycoff says: Nov 18, 2013 12:07 PM

    If only the Steelers could shift some money from the Woodley and Timmons contracts. Roethlisberger could be extended, and the money left over could be used to help shore up weaknesses elsewhere.

    Unfortunately, when you pay two merely above-average LBs as if they are Hall of Famers, and then when you miss on a few draft classes, your talent and your room to maneuver both are limited.

  24. Deb says: Nov 18, 2013 12:16 PM

    @jmblosser82 …

    Ben started this salary talk when he went on the radio and began ranking quarterbacks according to the number of championships they’ve won. I have no doubt he resents being paid less than Joe Flacco. Ben has always been ego-driven. That’s why he courts the image of a guy who drags himself onto the field despite a myriad of injuries and carries the team on his back to victory. The problem is that, even if the Steelers wanted to pay him Flacco money, the team simply can’t afford it. And look what that’s done to the Ravens.

    Apparently the trade talk has finally persuaded Ben to elevate his game–but as many have noted, the Lions have the league’s 25th-ranked defense. That’s not a huge test. If Ben wants to contend for another title, the Steelers have to rebuild the defense–among other things. And that costs money. Will Ben be willing to take a paycut like Brady to stay with the team and get back to the top? We’ll see.

  25. footballfan01 says: Nov 18, 2013 12:48 PM

    Maybe the Browns will trade for him.

  26. troy43mvp says: Nov 18, 2013 12:55 PM

    15 Mil is fair for a qb that will be 33 years old when it takes affect. Brady and Manning are QB’s that can get it done with minimal talent around them. Manning proved it with Indy and Brady has a number of times. That’s why they are 20 plus mil QB’s. Also teams would chop off an arm to get either one of them. Not the case with Ben. 15 Mil would be the high end and the only reason that I came up with that number is there probably is one team out there with a horrible front office that would pay more. (Minnesota Vikings…NY Jets) and if they are going to be dumb they should have to pay.

  27. TheRealLogicalVoice says: Nov 18, 2013 1:03 PM

    Romo gets too much. Flacco gets too much. Ryan gets too much. Soon, Fat Ben will get too much. Sooner or later these contracts need to level off because they aren’t leaving money for the team to sign anyone else. I mean if you’re OK being a loser at $20 mil a year then I guess it’s OK.

  28. jmblosser82 says: Nov 18, 2013 1:13 PM

    Not saying 15 mil for Ben is too high(his yearly average if his 100 mil contract was like 13 mil)but for the sake of the team(assuming he really does want to stay)he needs to sign for 10 mil or so.

  29. mostlombardisintheleague says: Nov 18, 2013 1:20 PM

    @bobzilla,

    So Ben played against Detroit like Brady did against the sorry azz Steeler defense.

  30. hor2012 says: Nov 18, 2013 1:21 PM

    The Falcons paid Matty Ice 100 million and he hasn’t even been to a superbowl. The steelers will pay the man – end of disscussion. And, they should he’s one 2 superbowls and he’s the only reason that they are still in the playoff hunt

  31. ruthlessburgher says: Nov 18, 2013 1:25 PM

    “Meanwhile, Rooney has yet to rule out a trade involving Rapoport.”

    That’s just awesome right there.

  32. chiadam says: Nov 18, 2013 1:26 PM

    Someone sit Ben down and explain how a scale of one to ten works.

  33. islandgechee says: Nov 18, 2013 1:47 PM

    Big Ben’s day in the steel city are at a close…deal with it..they have no choice but to retool this team like they did when they first drafted Ben…stout defense paired with a solid running game backed up by a capable rookie..best way to stay relevant..use Ben to get some decent picks scuttle the overpaid grey-hairs bring in OL during free-agency draft high for the secondary and a pass rushing LB find a fast RB to pair with Bell and find a strong arm heady QB who can run it(they’ll be plenty this draft is going to be deep) and presto a decent Steelers team for the next decade or something like that

  34. tonyaxe13 says: Nov 18, 2013 1:53 PM

    the media blitz on this is as ridiculous as the Steelers throw-back uniforms : ) …. it’s just business as usual in the NFL… Let it go, media

  35. tictoccpthook says: Nov 18, 2013 1:54 PM

    Wrong story! The Steelers beat Detroit, Megatron was shut down in the second half by the “old and slow” defense, roethlisberger is happy, and the Rooney’s are well known for developing and sticking with their key players.

    The reporters out there must be smoking something.

  36. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    @TheRealLogicalVoice – Ben isn’t really that “Fat”. It’s the horizontal stripes.

  37. holeinone09 says: Nov 18, 2013 2:05 PM

    bobz’s post indicates he thinks that playing QB in the NFL is easy, and insinuates that McGloin is as good as Ben after one game.

    So much for credibility.

  38. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 18, 2013 2:13 PM

    Maybe he can get a mega-contract after beating the Lions with 4 td’s. That’s happened before. Maybe it was 5 td’s.

  39. silverhornet says: Nov 18, 2013 2:59 PM

    not as ridiculous as those uniforms. Known to give small pets seizures while watching on TV.

  40. williamshatnerstoupee says: Nov 18, 2013 3:23 PM

    Apparently several people posting here have been in the Steelers’ locker room and front office meetings to know so much about what is happening with the team. Would any of you like to disclose the MegaMillions numbers? Many here can obviously see into the future.

  41. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Nov 18, 2013 3:28 PM

    Someone seriously needs to hold Rapoport accountable for his blatant lie. He should be fired immediately.

  42. Deb says: Nov 18, 2013 3:40 PM

    Geez, people, leave our throwback unis alone. They bring us luck! And they look better than the last ones, which were the color of dog poop topped with banana helmets!

  43. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 18, 2013 3:41 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Nov 18, 2013 11:21 AM
    Here’s how difficult it is to play quarterback in today’s NFL: Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, in his first-ever NFL start, threw three TD passes on Sunday. McGloin also was a walk-on at Penn State.
    Today’s NFL is a quarterback-friendly league, which has devalued veteran QBs while increasing the success rate of young, inexperienced QBs.
    Quarterbacks who perform like “100 million quarterbacks” once or twice a season against 30th-ranked defenses are a lot less harder to come by than ever before.
    —————————————

    So after gushing about Ben’s franchise performance yesterday, Captain Bringdown now falls back on the old belittle-the-defense-he-was- facing ploy. First Bob claims Ben is incapable of having consistent 4-TD games, then when Ben does, well, he’s got to qualify things by saying it’s no big deal, look at the DEFENSE he was facing.

    Meanwhile, Matt McGloin beats the sinking ship that is the 2013 Texans, but no docking Matt for that! No Bob doesn’t mention that the Texans stink out loud; the competition only counts when it applies to Ben. Nice touch, Captain!

    Who HASN’T beaten the Texans this year Bob?

    Btw Matt’s whopping 197 yards passing would be EXACTLY the kind of numbers Bob would rip Ben for, if Ben pulled a performance that weak. Never mind Matt was getting set up on the Texans 16 yard line for his “drives” thanks to his defense, hey, why mention that either?

    Get back to us when Matt wins more than one game, let alone a couple of rings, mmkay?

  44. kpizzow says: Nov 18, 2013 3:50 PM

    The rumours are ludicrous because no one is trading for Ben and paying him $20 mil. Look what is happening to the Redskins. Traded all those picks for RGIII and look…now they get to see the Rams draft a bunch of good players and pay them nothing. Ben is and has been great…but the Steelers are stuck with him. Will have to pay him and hope to get lucky in the draft to build a team around him. Troy etc are all going to be gone before Ben. The real fear is Ben breaking down quickly..

  45. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 18, 2013 4:11 PM

    bobzilla1001 | Nov 18, 2013, 11:21 AM EST
    I say the Steelers ought to sign Roethlisberger to a six-year, $300 million extension. Then fill out the rest of their roster with volunteers.
    Here’s how difficult it is to play quarterback in today’s NFL: Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, in his first-ever NFL start, threw three TD passes on Sunday. McGloin also was a walk-on at Penn State.
    Today’s NFL is a quarterback-friendly league, which has devalued veteran QBs while increasing the success rate of young, inexperienced QBs.
    Quarterbacks who perform like “100 million quarterbacks” once or twice a season against 30th-ranked defenses are a lot less harder to come by than ever before.

    @rambo prune, you jumped off the Ben bandwagon once the afterglow of victory wore off….hypocritical but very much in character for someone wanting two things very badly…to fit in with the crowd and secondly to always be right.

    Your fake joy at Bens performance reinforces your status as a hater and nothing more.

  46. masterblaster78 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:17 PM

    Keep making him wear those ugly bumble bee costumes I’d want to be traded too. Geshhhhhhhh………..stop already and ditch them.

  47. tvjules says: Nov 18, 2013 4:58 PM

    Trade Hailey and Tomlin to Arizona… and bring back Arians as HC!

  48. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 18, 2013 5:37 PM

    holeinone09 says:
    Nov 18, 2013 2:05 PM
    bobz’s post indicates he thinks that playing QB in the NFL is easy, and insinuates that McGloin is as good as Ben after one game.

    So much for credibility.
    —————————————–

    Yep. Bob’s quite skilled in this art of deception, but once you pick out the contradictions and hypocrisies he’s pretty easy to de-bunk.

    Bob was gushing all over Tom Brady saying that a real franchise QB overcomes big point deficits when his defense lets down. PERIOD. But when Ben does the same thing, well it’s time to whip out the competition story and and in a little extra. Bob doesn’t dock Brady for torching the weak Steeler pass defense, but he sure will penalize Ben because it’s “only” some low-ranked pass D like Detroit he’s done it against.

    But wait there’s more! Bob now claims McGoin proves any ol’ QB can get it done in the NFL. So then why would Brady be anything special? But wait, Bob DOES claim Brady is something special. Well how can any QB be special when even some walk-on Penn Stater can get the job done? I don’t get it!

    See what I mean? Poor Bob’s got to be dizzy from spinning his own head around like this.

  49. voyager6 says: Nov 18, 2013 6:01 PM

    1. Just note that it was reported several times over the last few years that Ben reworked his contract to be more cap-friendly. If they try to force Ben to take a major discount to stay in Pittsburgh, then the Rooney family is really dissing Ben.

    2. Just be glad this isn’t MLB. A public vote of confidence by management usually results in the manager being fired the next day.

  50. gmsingh123 says: Nov 18, 2013 6:21 PM

    Who the hell would trade for a guy that would wear a uniform like that?

  51. pittsburgh361 says: Nov 19, 2013 10:41 AM

    Why get down and trash talk on ben. When he has to he can go stride for stride with any qb. Even if he does want 20 mil a year he has earned it. And it dont matter we are projected at 134mil for nxt year. When he signs that contract extension for what ever its going to be it will drop from 18 cap hit down to about 12 mil. But for other topics the d played pretty well against the lions. I dont care what d is playing against them you have to pick and choose who to stop eithet calvin or bush. So ive said many of times this year has shown us who the real fans are. Bandwagon and fairweather fans are showing there true colors now. But you can promise one thing. If we go on a run they will act like they never talked trash.

  52. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 19, 2013 4:35 PM

    steelerben says:
    Nov 18, 2013 11:37 AM

    I’d slow the roll on the Hall of Fame talk. He’s been to the dance three times and won it twice, but the defense had a much bigger hand in that than anything else. He holds a bunch of club records on a team that has traditionally been a run first team when they were any good in a league that is passing friendly.
    ————————————————

    That “defense is largely responsible for the trophies” myth has really gotten old and tired. The fact is, the defenses in place BEFORE Ben were WAY better than what Ben played with, and the Steelers couldn’t break through — not even with the Blitzburgh crew. The DIFFERENCE was the QB who could get the job done come playoff time. If you can’t realize that, you’re clueless.

    The same thing goes with the “QBs like Manning get it done with minimal talent around them.” Excuse me? Since when has Manning ever had “minimal talent”? In Indy, where they were loaded with guys like Harrison, Clark and Wayne? In Denver, where they could win even with Tebow at QB? Gimme a break.

    And the same thing goes for the guy who suggested the Steelers should dump Ben and build a running/defensive team. Uh, we tried it with Cowher for 15 years remember? It doesn’t win in today’s pass-favored league. Which is why the Steelers won Super Bowls after Ben came in.
    See how this all comes around?

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