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Steelers think agent games could be at the heart of Roethlisberger reports

Ben Roethlisberger, Todd Haley AP

Remember those reports about Ben Roethlisberger wanting to be traded?  Apart from denying flatly and persistently the notion that they would trade their franchise quarterback, there’s a theory percolating in the Steelers organization that the rumors can be traced to an agent who would like to represent Roethlisberger for his next contract with the team.

Per a league source, some in the Steelers organization believe that the chatter about Roethlisberger wanting to be traded was intended to ultimately shine a light on his contract status — and to get Roethlisberger thinking about the fact that his current deal doesn’t compare well to the guys at the top of the market, and that his next deal should.

Roethlisberger is due to make $12.1 million in 2014 and $11.6 million in 2015.  Currently, several guys average $20 million per year or more.

It’s widely believed that the Steelers will attempt after the 2013 season to extend Roethlisberger’s contract.

Far-fetched as it sounds on the surface, the agent industry can be dirty and nasty and filled with guys who want to steal clients from other agents.  With franchise quarterbacks still getting huge contracts at a time when rookie deals have been capped significantly and veterans at most other positions not cashing in like they used to, the stakes are higher than ever when it comes to the representation of the small handful of men who are in position to make huge money.

There’s no indication that Roethlisberger plans to make an agent change.  Regardless, some in Pittsburgh believe that recent reports were aimed at ultimately making him want to.

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9 Responses to “Steelers think agent games could be at the heart of Roethlisberger reports”
  1. tory707 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:17 PM

    Rooney Rule

  2. fdugrad says: Nov 24, 2013 3:23 PM

    Agent games?! Next thing you will tell us is that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning.

  3. koenig61 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:29 PM

    This story sure Sounds a lot different than what Ian “I can’t report’ initial story of it being someone in the steelers front office or coaching staff. And no it’s not hard to believe agents can be sleazy and start rumors to steal a player from another agent.

  4. thedudeabides422 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:50 PM

    I think Tomlin games might be at the heart of the rumors.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 24, 2013 4:06 PM

    The steelers are a low character organization.

  6. spyboots says: Nov 24, 2013 7:16 PM

    Probably was Bruce Arians; he was always telling the media stuff when he was in Pgh, esp when he realized he was on his way out.

  7. apkyletexas says: Nov 24, 2013 8:38 PM

    spyboots says:
    Nov 24, 2013 7:16 PM
    Probably was Bruce Arians; he was always telling the media stuff when he was in Pgh, esp when he realized he was on his way out.

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    Agreed. And you know that Arians would just love to get his friend and neighbor Ben out of the Burgh and into a Cards uniform.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Arians still has scouts or others peripherally involved with the Steelers who would be happy to do his dirty work for him, allowing Rapaport to call them “Steeler sources”, even though he knew the info came straight from Bruce.

    The main thing to keep in mind is that just as Arians or these agents are being sleazy, Rapaport is being just as sleazy by passing these dirtbags off as “reliable sources”.

  8. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 25, 2013 8:07 PM

    Yes but Rapoport attributes the rumor to sources inside the Steelers organization, not some outsider waiting in the wings to poach Big Ben.

    So somebody needs to own up to something here…

  9. ubu507 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:29 PM

    A low character organization? Yeah, may be if your team was as low they’d have SIX TROPHIES! I smell a Browns fan, and it’s a sad, sad odor.

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