Posted November 10, 2013

Will the Steelers consider trading Ben Roethlisberger in the offseason?

AFC North, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger is reportedly unhappy with the direction of the Steelers franchise.

Ben Roethlisberger is reportedly unhappy with the direction of the Steelers franchise. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

UPDATE (6 p.m. ET): After the Steelers’ Week 10 win over Buffalo, Roethlisberger emphatically shot down the rumor that he’s asked the Steelers to trade him:

UPDATE (2:15 p.m. ET): Ben Roethlisberger’s agent denied that the Steelers’ QB is unhappy in Pittsburgh.

Art Rooney also denied that the team is looking to shop Roethlisberger.


The Pittsburgh Steelers have spent the past two offseasons shedding veteran players due to salary-cap woes, with the subsequent on-field results being disappointing at best. Could they try a different, far more drastic approach once the 2013 season concludes?

It’s possible, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who reported Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning that the Steelers might consider dealing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger next offseason, if they “could replace [him] with a franchise quarterback” in the draft.

That is a pretty substantial “if” — especially if the Steelers wind up behind QB-needy teams like Jacksonville, Minnesota and others in the draft order. Still, as has been covered before, the 2014 class could be loaded with talented quarterbacks. Roethlisberger still has two years left on his current contract, with $12.1 million in base salary due next season and $11.6 million in ’15.

“Ben Roethlisberger is not happy,” Rapoport said. “[He's] incredibly frustrated with the direction the franchise is headed.”

The Steelers made the playoffs in six of Roethlisberger’s first eight seasons, with two Super Bowl victories. They missed out on the postseason last year with an 8-8 mark and currently sit at 2-6, well back in the AFC race.

The issues have been prevalent on both sides of the football — Pittsburgh ranks 25th in points scored and 23rd in points allowed — but the team’s struggles along the offensive line have made life miserable for Roethlisberger as of late. As such, Rapoport added that the Steelers could explore “wholesale offensive changes” after 2013, with coordinator Todd Haley likely the first to land on the chopping block.

Rapoport also reported that the Steelers fielded trade offers for Roethlisberger last offseason. (They drafted Oklahoma QB Landry Jones in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.) CBS’ Jason La Canfora reported that he was “told adamantly” that Pittsburgh never put Roethlisberger on the block prior to this season.

According to OvertheCap.com, which tracks NFL contracts, the Steelers are on track to have slightly more than $134 million committed to its 2014 roster. The cap this season landed right around $122 million; it is projected to stay relatively flat for the 2014 season. Pittsburgh already has had to jettison several key players recently, including linebacker James Harrison, James Farrior and Willie Colon, plus sat out the bidding on former free agent WR Mike Wallace.

The Steelers’ current 2-6 record has them tied with Houston, Atlanta and the Giants for the fourth-worst mark in the league. Minnesota (2-7), Jacksonville and Tampa Bay (both 0-8) round out the bottom of the league standings.

21 comments
MythicStriker55
MythicStriker55

Really hows  wallace doing in miami, how about holmes with the jets, Ben mad all of them


sldghammer
sldghammer

Does any active  qb have more sb's than ben? and don't tell me brady.... he's great, but his coach cheated to get there

Matthew53
Matthew53

Poor coach

Poor O-cordinator

Aging declining talent D

Weaponless Offense

Yeah....its all Rapistburger's fault Pittsburg sucks.

sam93505
sam93505

Seriously, this article fails to mention the 3,000 ton pink elephant in the room- he's obviously not happy with Todd Haley's play calling, and anyone that watches football even casually can see that.

sam93505
sam93505

Even if he did want to be traded, who wants a broken-down, beaten-down rapist has-been QB? 

DennyCrane
DennyCrane

Clearly the glory days are over for this edition of the Steelers. If they can sell his contract and get big value for it then they should. He is in the latter part of his career and I fail to see how he could be part of the rebuilding effort for the future, particularly at the cost of his contract.

This is what happens when a team hangs on to players too long - they don't refresh portions of the team so eventually every thing is stale and past its stale date.

decredico
decredico

this means he is as good as gone

gary41
gary41

Drafting Landry Jones was a total and complete waste, not unlike Mike Glennon at Tampa Bay.  Lots of cracks appearing in the brain trust offensively.    

mwr5053
mwr5053

I've thought for a few seasons now that the Steelers were way too invested in Big Ben. He plays too often like he's had severe brain damage - holds on to the ball forever, repeatedly gets sacked because he's too stubborn to throw the ball away and costs the offense too many turnovers when he fumbles. The Steelers organization is a mess- not sure what became of the Rooney magic but it is long gone. They'll be better off sooner rather than later if they can unload Ben.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I thought the only problem Roethlisberger had was with the OC. If he goes, Roethlisberger will be happy. As to how much he has in the tank, that will increase exponentially with how good the O-line is.

Don Campas
Don Campas

I'm from Pitt. And this needs to change.......quickly. we do not except losing.go get a power back. Steven jackson woulda been grea t

Don Campas
Don Campas

He isn't great. He does tje basics very well. He still has a lot left but when you are getting smeared to nto the turf every week I would want a change too

Don Campas
Don Campas

This story holds weight or else it never would have been publishd

PatrickBatemanVP
PatrickBatemanVP

Roethlisberger is proof that your team doesn't need a great QB to win a SB.

beast
beast

He's just not one of the elite and he's not good enough to win a Super Bowl. So yes he should go be a backup somewhere.

RickEger
RickEger

@beast He's the Steelers Q-B and we like him sooooo f@ck you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@beast How can he not be good enough to win a superbowl when he's got two superbowl rings?

bwah
bwah

@beast He has 2 superbowl wins. The talent around him just isnt there.

WilliamHannon
WilliamHannon

@beast  Clearly he is good enough to win a Super Bowl. I would still take him over Romo any day. 

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

Yeah, and you are clueless enough to take Dilfer over Marino all time because os Superbowl wins. The team Ben rode the coat tails to two Superbowl wins had GREAT olines which helped have a great run game and they had top shelf D. Switch Romo andBen, and Ben has not won jack in Dallas. Not to mention the officials gave Pitt that win over the Seahawks...

Ben is the most overrated QB all time.

RickEger
RickEger

Pittsburgh's 08 o-line stunk, you can cry all you want too about 05 but the Lombardi stays in Pittsburgh. Bens' Pittsburgh's Q.B. and we like him! You're the one who's clueless moron...