Report: Steelers begin actively shopping Ben

Though we’ve seen the reports suggesting that the Steelers won’t trade quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, we haven’t believed them.  The Pittsburgh media has opened the door far too wide, and the team has done nothing to slam it shut.

Recently, a theory had emerged that the Steelers were choosing not to nip the buzz in the bud in order to ensure that Roethlisberger spends a week or so in fear of being exiled out of Pittsburgh, something that actually may be in his best long- and short-term interests. 

If it’s a ruse, it’s a damn convincing one.

A day after Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Steelers are receiving trade feelers from other teams, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Steelers are contacting teams in the top ten of the draft regarding a possible trade.

Per Schefter, at least one team is considering the possibility of sending the top-ten selection to the Steelers for Roethlisberger.

As explained in a PFTV segment we’ll be posting soon (actually, in two of them), there’s a team in the top ten that should be more than willing to make the swap.

124 responses to “Report: Steelers begin actively shopping Ben

  1. Florio _
    did you celebrate a little TOO MUCH 420 yesterday…….?
    here is one of your lines:
    “nip the buzz in the bud”
    you might as well have said you have the munchies.

  2. Big Ben for Bradford? Big Ben for Clausen pick at #4 ( Skins)? Big Ben for Browns #7 if Clausen slips by Redskins?

  3. It’s got to be Buffalo. They took TO last year and now they are probably seriously considering Big Jen. Where else could this scumbag go and not risk a yearlong suspsension by letting Lil Ben out in a club again? Last I heard, Buffalo only has a Dave & Buster’s. LMAO!

  4. “The Pittsburgh media has opened the door far too wide, and the team has done nothing to slam it shut.”
    You gotta believe the media…………….

  5. Browns. 7th pick is right outside of the elite players and thanks to Al Davis they have to match the DHB contrat from last year. Done deal.

  6. They should trade the rapist… but the only team I can think of who wouldn’t mind having a serial sexual molester is Oakland.
    Welcome to the Raiders, Ben!

  7. No way can the Steelers trade Ben! Why would you trade a 28 year old, 2 time super bowl champ, for a top 10 pick? This would set the QB situation back 3-5 years easily! Keep ben Steelers!!!

  8. But he’s been suspended for the sex games……I mean…..four to six games….not… forced sex games….oh, never mind.

  9. Will Adam Schefter of ESPN be fired when this turns out not to be true?
    Is there any accountability at all?
    Here’s mine: All NFL teams are going to trade the best player on their team.

  10. Send the thug to Oakland, and tell everyone in the Bay Area to keep their daughters inside!
    Funny how Ben must be the only celebrity that needs to force himself upon women. With a mug like that, he should try going after men…

  11. The recidivism rate for sexual predators is extremely high (over 90% in in most categories). If Rothlisberger has a true sexual problem, and these behaviors would strongly indicate that he does, then he almost certainly will repeat the offense.
    The next offense will bring a life time ban that will be reconsidered after at least a year suspension.
    Who would want to risk a top ten pick with all of this hanging over their head, as well as having your new “face of the franchise” most likely to be displayed in post offices around the country?

  12. The Steelers HAVE to move him – otherwise, they look like complete hypocrits.
    The problem for them, however, is that who wants to sign a Rapist who will not even be playing the first 4 to 6 weeks of the season?
    And what fanbase would possibly welcome or even accept a Rapist as their starting QB?
    Tough times ahead for the Steelers. But, they signed the creep and brought it on themselves.

  13. Insane.
    They better not trade him. I’ll piss on my terrible towel.
    Good luck finding another QB to win 2 SBs in his first five years.

  14. By Saturday they’ll still be contacting teams in the top ten of the draft. To see if they are willing to give up that 6th round pick for Doofusbungler.

  15. “We have a trade, the Cleveland Browns have traded the 7th pick in the 2010 draft, to the Pittsburgh Steelers, for Ben Roethlisburger, chastity belt, and….”
    Oh wait, would the Steelers really trade him in the division…? Ok, lets try again….
    “We have a trade, the Oakland Raiders have traded the 8th pick in the 2010 draft, to the Pittsburgh Steelers, for Ben Roethlisburger. The Steelers are now on the clock”

  16. Not going to happen. No way the league gives the Steelers that many prime time games if Ben is not on the team. Rooney told Roger they wouldn’t trade Ben and Roger told Rooney all the prime time games would be after the suspension is over.

  17. This isnt shocking, the NFL is a business. The rooney family is obviously tired of this big jerk’s behavior, they realize keeping him is going to hurt their best interests in the long run. He’s gone.

  18. Great PR move even if they don’t really want to get rid of him. As one of the many Steeler fans that are disappointed in Ben’s conduct, it will bring back some respect for the Rooneys if it looks like they tried to get rid of the loser.

  19. If the Steelers trade Ben after already trading Holmes they deserve the 4-12 record they are gonna have for the next 10 years running. I want my team to win and it’s players to stay out of jail. Beyond that it’s not my business. Who in the hell is gonna take solice in the fact that we have a bunch of choir boys with a 4-12 record? Steeler fans who want Ben traded-you are morons. I will have a hard time rooting for the Steelers if they trade Ben. Breaks my heart to say that but it’s hard to root for a team that is sabotaging it’s future. All of this on the word of a drunk 20 year old that by all accounts was following ben around all night and wasn’t even sure they had “sex”. I just don’t believe he raped this chick and obviously there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute him.

  20. come on bowns just do something right and trade for a young proven qb…instead of drafting a young ROOKIE…….he was wrong for what he apparently will not be charged for….but with all the civil suits he has against him he needs to straighten up and stay in the nfl so he can make some money after he pays it all out to the victims

  21. What could the Steelers get for Ben? 1st this year and next? 1st and impact? I see Buf, Oak and Sea in the mix.

  22. Trade Ben? Who will pay me back for my $80 jersey? I think we have the wrong Rooney running the show. His dad would never put morals before wins.
    I’m calling my congressman, as soon as I found out who he is.

  23. He has won you 2 super bowls…
    “screw it, let’s trade him..”
    retards. shows how much they care about him. won’t even try to help him get through this.

  24. Every time I read stories like this it reminds me of how relatively little the Eagles got for McNabb. It is time, once and for all, to stop considering McNabb a top tier quarterback. He is second tier at best, if not third tier. There are at least 20 starting quarterbacks in the NFL that could bring their team a 1st round draft pick. And maybe 15 that could bring their team a top 10 draft pick. McNabb is in the lower third of starting NFL quarterbacks in the NFL. So, shut up, Deion.

  25. Tony Romo is getting really nervous about now….. This sounds like a Jerry Jones deal just waiting to happen…….. Obviously, Romo can’t get the job done but Ben has already proved he can!!!

  26. I doubt it would be the ‘Raiders….. But in the event that it is; I’m making a bee-line straight fom Fort Meade, MD to Pittsburgh on November 21st. That would be so choice to witness.

  27. he’s going nowhere. this is all BS built up by the media (especially here in Pittsburgh). They have always hated him here and want him out. People are buying this. its made for website hits and newspaper sales. The Steelers will not trade him…this is BS and you are all buying it.

  28. He doesn’t need to be traded.
    He needs to be convicted and sent to prison.
    Or Balitmore…

  29. Why is everyone talking 1st round trade value for Roethlisberger??
    Surely with the baggage he has and the perceived lack of interest, he can be had on the cheap?
    If he does get traded, I see just a 3rd rounder going the other way.

  30. Whoever the idiots are thinking they will trade Ben to the Browns has best get a clue… they will never trade him inside their own division.

  31. @PittsburghSteelerz says:
    “I’ll piss on my terrible towel…”
    Join the rest of the world, dude.

  32. -Pittsburgh gets Nnamndi Asomugha
    -Oakland gets Ben Roethlisberger
    -Oakland and Pittsburgh swap 1st round picks

  33. Can you blame them? They can’t be 100 percent positive his behavior is going to stop. He has a pattern of accusations against him, why would it stop now?
    The rooneys will have no choice but to trade him to save face.

  34. sweetleb says:
    April 21, 2010 12:13 PM
    do it for a 1st 2nd and 4th, to the raiders
    Yeah, thats realistic…..go back to surfing meth addiction

  35. Funny. Why would it not surprise me if Denver tries to make a jump. They do technically have a QB to trade.

  36. My guess….
    Big Ben to the Bills for 1st and 3rd rounders…. these picks packaged with their 1st for the #1 overall. In the end, Bradford for Ben and Steelers 1st.

  37. I know the perfect destination for this bum. It is not on the east coast but is a nice cozy place called the black hole. Oakland. Have fun Rapistberger with those clowns. Oakland should give their 2nd round pick.

  38. Raiders and Bills are the only ones that make sense. Pitt would never trade hime to Cleve, and Wash is not going to give up Okung for Ben when they have Mcnabb.

  39. trade the scumbag rapist!!!!!!!!!!
    What if it was your grandaughter Rooney that Ben forced himself on in a GD bathroom?!!!!?!

  40. No one in Pittsburgh is surprised by this – the whole city is disgusted by this creep.
    I’m sure the Rooney’s are feeling the backlash too.

  41. As a Buffalo fan, the sad part is that even if we did get Big Ben for a 1st, we still are screwed at the LT, NT, WR positions…
    ughh.. any chance we get big ben and their 2nd for our 1st this year and first next year?

  42. YEAH RIGHT!! and PFT has posted that the suspension is 4-6 games, but WAIT !!! the comish just stated he has NOT made his mind up on the suspension yet. MORE Bull Shit from the Media……………

  43. Wow, the Redskins are in every single article on PFT and ESPN, they’re getting so much attention. It must be April.

  44. Andy- you are a fool.
    Off the field he may be a turd, but on the field he is worth more than cutler.
    If his value is diminished, it may be one first round pick in return rather than two. . . I still say they get a 1st and 3rd or a player in return.

  45. As a Bills fan, he would solve our QB issue and I could see Chan/Buddy making this move – remember they went hard after McNabb…
    But so did Oakland.
    And honestly i would love to see that Roethlisrapist rot in NFL hell…TRADE HIM TO OAKLAND!!!!!!!!!!

  46. I would think the Arizona Cardinals would be VERY INTERESTED considering their QB situation and current coaching staff.

  47. yeah andy a 3rd round pick. good one. This is still a business and they have to get something back thats equal to playing ability. A WR and a franchise QB are two totally different things. good WRs grow on trees.

  48. As much as I’d love to laugh at Ben wearing silver and black, I say he goes to St Louis. Have fun playing 2nd fiddle to Pujols, Benny boy!

  49. Redskins must be kicking themselves for going after McNabb when a more attractive option was available (on the field anyway).
    Hard to think they can get a #1 with a big suspension in the offing.

  50. this proves how dumb people are. Most of you are idiots. hes going nowhere. do you believe everything you read?

  51. Dustin Chandler says:
    retards. shows how much they care about him. won’t even try to help him get through this.
    We don’t know for sure that they haven’t already tried and that this was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.
    From some accounts I read, B.R. was extremely sensitive about having his picture taken with any alcohol included in the picture. He didn’t want either the person he was with or himself holding a drink when the camera was snapped.

  52. Nobody’s mentioned the Rams?
    They would get their quarterback (a proven one, at that) and save a boatload of money.

  53. Seahawks have too much class to take on Ben’s baggage. Cleveland makes sense but, I doubt the Big Show would want to deal with his off-field problems. Buffalo is desperate enough…they demonstrated that last year with the signing of TO.
    However, I doubt the Steelers trade Big Ben, especially right now…although they did give away Holmes. Maybe they should sign TO. If TO has anything left, look out AFC!

  54. Here is one of Ed Bouchette’s Q&As from yesterday (Ed predicted Santonio’s trade 2 weeks beforehand and is usally right about the Steelers):
    screenwriter: Hello Ed, If Ben Roethlisberger is not traded by the end of the draft on Saturday night, would you say with 100% certainty he will remain a Steeler in 2010?
    Ed Bouchette: I think I would say that right now. I don’t have to wait until Saturday. The trade talk has gotten out of hand.

  55. I’d love to see Douchelisraper traded to Oakland! First the Der faithful would instantly believe that Benrapist would make them a contender, even tho their receivers suck and their o-line is a sieve. And second it would be one more, among thousands, reason to kick sand in the Raiders faces. Ha!

  56. Frankly i would love ben in buffalo. But unlike what @Macadamia says i would be afraid of him raping tons of broads up and down our bar districts

  57. Money on it being the Raiders or Buffalo, as they have the greatest need and the fan base would be more than willing to give him another chance.

  58. I have never in my life heard so much bashing this guy, who has not been convicted or even charged with anything. he deserves to be punished and really needs to be put in counseling, but what he’s been put through in the media is way off line! What a contrast–Brandom marshall is hailed as the “second coming” in Miami and his criminal conduct sports 7 incidents over 5 or 6 years! He’s too busy signing autographs while Ben is hung from a tree limb. And where does someone get saying “all the civil suits”? There’s one—-from a very mixed up girl who was so hurt by her incident with Ben that she “stewed” over it for 2 years and expressed a desire to have his baby? Now there’s a problem there! I respect the Rooneys, but I also hope they have compassion, as I would hope all companies should have for their employees. I say counseling and alcohol rehab and let him prove himself!! He certainly has for all the Steeler football fans!!

  59. I have been a Steeler fan for over 50 years and this is the very first time that I have been embarrassed to be a Steeler fan.
    The people who put winning ahead of morals are the real losers. I have seen the very worst and the very best of the Steelers and believe me, if they trade Big Ben, they will get another one someday with class not one they have to constantly worry about.
    I, for one, will have no problem with them trading him this year. We are good enough without him to make the playoffs. Who cares right now about Super Bowls. We have 6 already and we will certainly get a few more with or without him!

  60. Assuming this is the case, we all know how unpredictable Al Davis is. Ben would be a definite upgrade at the quarterback position. We’ll all just have to wait until tomorrow night to find out.
    I’m hoping the Steelers keep Ben on one stipulation that he meet Ashley Dupree. She’s on the front cover of Playboy and is more than enough woman for any man. This is all conditional that Ashley would be interested of course. She brought down a governor, satisfying a knucklehead from Ohio should be no problem.

  61. I love all the talk about him winning 2 Super Bowls, as if it was actually the strength of the Steelers’ passing game that got those wins, and not the fact they had the best defense in the league those years. Sure, the passing game has progressed, and surpassed their running game the last couple years, including their 2nd SB with Ben at the helm, but it was still the defense that got them to the big game, not Roethlisberger. He’s not even a top 10 QB in the league, let alone top 5.
    The question isn’t why would Pittsburgh let him go, it’s why would anyone picking in the top 10 of the draft give up a younger, more talented, less troubled QB, a stud DL, cornerstone OL, or game-changing safety to get a PR nightmare who won’t play the first quarter of the season, and isn’t going to win games by himself anyway?

  62. i can see the cowboys trading him straight up for Tony Romo. with cohwer on the move next season, as a redskins fan this would suck. cohwer reunited with big ben in big d?

  63. This is for all those people who don’t want Big Ben traded to their team. GOOD! I hope the Rooney’s don’t listen to all the BS out there and they keep Ben and give him a chance to get his act together. I want him to stay put right here in Pittsburgh. He is way too good to even think about giving away for any reason. 1st round, 2nd round, who cares… BEN STAYS HERE! The holier than thous crowd can have their pick of all the rookies around. BEN’S NOT FOR SALE.

  64. REAL Steeler fans dont want him to go or would ever piss on a terrible towel for any reason. Everyone on here has had to ask for forgivness or been accused of something in their lifetime so why is this any different? ALSO stop speaking for the city if you dont live here. The media hates him and apparently a bunch of people who have lived perfect lives do also.
    I’m glad somebody is getting something out of all this media hype garbage. Florio with all the website activity.
    P.s. what if you had a daughter isn’t a argument. and stating things that allegably happened are not grounds for a trade. No player (and especially A List players) in the Goodell age wants pictures being taken of him doing anything because its easily twisted by the media into this bullshit. Roethlisberger isn’t a pig, you are for contributing to all this bullshit.

  65. el dudeoo
    did you even read the report? it never said he got anyone drunk or drunker as you put it. The bar needs to be blamed for that. Shes 20 not 14, so stop acting like shes a child. Not only that but you are going by what a drunken women (who didn’t want to press charges by the time she was sober) says. Why cant she take any blame for being in the same situation. both were stupid, and I agree especially Roelisberger but for this to be one sided is retarded.
    P.s. who believes what they read? especially from the press. I’m certain you are a christian also. jag off.

  66. I have been a Steeler Fan for over ??years. I would rather see the Steelers have a losing season than have Ben Roethlisberger on the team. The whole City of Pittsburgh is disgusted by his “antics”. He doesn’t even get along with his own team mates, let alone anyone off the field. The Steelers and Fans do not need a jerk like him as a leader of a great team built by the Rooney family. That is the key word here “family”. We consider the Steelers as part of our family and we don’t need “Big Ben” part of our “family”. He has dishonored and disgraced the Steelers and the Rooneys.

  67. did you even read the report? -thepittsburghkid
    Yo yinzer!
    Of course I read the report. I read the part about how the franchise QB had his junk waiving in the wind. I read about the code of conduct agreement that the NFL is enforcing. I also read how when Goodell took over how stuff like this wasn’t going to fly.
    I even read about your boy Rooney in his biography (available on Kindle) and his love for not only the sanctity of the game but his fan base. So yeah I read a lot of shit.
    And it all points to shopping this guy making the most business sense for the Steelers.
    So to you and Santonio Holmes this may be an outrage. But for some of us this couldn’t make more sense. If he sticks around in Pittsburg, fine.
    Go Broncos,
    PS: I’m atheist. All religions are equally worthless. I only pray to the football gods. And they will smite Big Ben for hubris.

  68. This is a pile of crap. Not that that comes as a surprise however. I am quite sure we will see universal world peace long before we’ll ever see this site have the header “Report:” precede an accurate statement. There’s no other sports news site where “anonymous source” really means “imaginary friend”. Got to love it.

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