Roethlisberger’s agent denies any interest in trade

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A report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network on Sunday regarding Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has brought a quick response from Roethisberger’s agent.

The report concerned Roethlisberger’s unhappiness with the direction of the team and the possibility that he could request a trade in the offseason. Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner responded on Twitter Sunday and called the report “completely wrong.”

“Ian Rapoport’s apparent sources seem to be guessing what Ben feels about the Steelers and being traded,” Tollner wrote. “This is completely wrong and inaccurate. Ben has always said he wants to play his entire career for the Steelers, and his roots are set firmly in Pittsburgh. He has a lot left in the tank and is 100 percent committed to winning more championships with the Steelers.”

It’s an emphatic denial, which is pretty much what you’d expect from a guy with eight more games to play this season. Minds can change, of course, but that will likely be a topic for the offseason.

29 responses to “Roethlisberger’s agent denies any interest in trade

  1. If it’s true and he wants out I think the steelers would move him. While he has won 2 rings the embarrassment he has caused the org kind of makes his career with the steelers a wash

  2. Of course not. It was a manufactured story.


    Perhaps Rapoport did some internship work at Fox news? Throw a bunch of stuff against the wall and see what sticks.

    Shoddy journalism…

  3. If there is even remote interest the Steelers should jump on it. They could get a basket of picks for him and clear a ton of cap room to help them rebuild. Big Ben might have 3 to 5 years left in him and the Steelers need a couple of years to retool. Not sure keeping him is the wisest thing to do anyway. I know many fellow Steeler fans might disagree – but we have to be realistic about Ben’s ability to move the needle for the Steelers right now. He’s as much of the problem as their o-line and defense is.

  4. You never know how seriously to take these reports, but I hope it’s true. Trading Ben would be in the Steelers’ best interests–and it would be easier for everyone if he initiated the trade talks.

  5. I personally would think dealing Ben is not the right move for the organization, but for Ben, it might be the best thing that could happen for him. It might save his body a lot of wear and tear. Completely agree, Arians would move heaven and earth to get him.

    @dirtdawg – save your opinion about his character, the man has done an impressive job on his image. His charitable contributions to the community, his work w/the youth organizations alone speak to his character of change. And let’s not forget, he was never arrested, and both women have been tagged as looking for a payoff. . .

  6. What’s the going rate for a loose cannon QB who’s always hurt? McNabb went for a 5th, right? So what’s Ben – a 3rd?

  7. You can delete all the posts you want but it doesn’t change the fact that Roth is old and just isn’t an elite QB.

    No one is going to break the bank or give up a “basket of picks” for him.

  8. @lpo320 …

    Agree that Arizona would be a good fit for Ben–if Arians is willing to bounce Palmer. The two work well together, and Roethlisberger could shine again with a good line and receiving corps. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh could use the cap room and draft picks to aid in the rebuilding process.

    Houston? Not sure about that.

  9. They’d be crazy not to trade him cause some desperate GM would give up a ton of picks for him. And there’s a lot if good QB prospects in this years draft. That team isn’t close to competing.

  10. Give me 2 first rounders like the Bengals got for Carson Palmer, and you’ve got yourself a deal. And give me some high picks for Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Lamar Woodley also while you’re at it. We’ll rebuild this entire team, a la the early 90’s Cowboys.

    And get rid of Colbert. He’d give us a roster full of Jason Worild’s while passing on the Sean Lee’s of the game.

  11. Ben in Jacksonville for their 1st round pick.

    Let’s face it, this will be a complete rebuild for Pitt, they let that team get old in key positions plus too many injuries. It’s time.

  12. I’m not a Steeler fan but Todd Haley is one of the biggest d bags in the NFL. He ruined a qb in KC & that team had a ton of talent. Now Ben is struggling more than I’ve seen in his career. IMO its not a coincidence.

  13. We will know in the offseason who was telling the truth. There are a BUNCH of teams that would be interested.


    All could be Super Bowl contenders with Ben, and would likely give up 1st and 3rd picks for him.

    Also look at teams like New England and Denver if either win the Super Bowl and Brady/Manning retire.

    Then you have teams like Phily / Tampa / Jacksonville that would get involved if the compensation started with 2nd and 3rd round picks.

  14. Pull the trigger..With the backwards direction this front office/owners has this team going, why not shop him? Free up a ton of $ for free Agency and get a 1st and 2nd round pick.

  15. Sucks anyway, lucked out winning 2 bowls over inferior competition..
    Traded him to the Rapers, sorry Raiders

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