It’s been the hot topic for the past week in Pittsburgh and around the NFL, and it seems like finally it’s official – Ben’s on the block – for the right price. The Post-Gazette reports that if a team comes with something big, and we’re talking a couple first-round picks, and possibly a player, then Ben may be available.
While they are expecting to learn tomorrow what punishment quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will receive from National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell, the Steelers have received trade feelers from other teams and have not ruled out the possibility of dealing their two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, the Post-Gazette has learned. It is not believed the Steelers are actively seeking to trade Roethlisberger, nor are they close to doing what they did with Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes, who was traded for a fifth-round pick to the New York Jets because the team was planning to release him anyway. Nonetheless, the possibility Roethlisberger could be traded, provided the price is right, is not being discounted by the team.
I still have a hard time seeing this team entering the 2010 season with anyone other than Roethlisberger as the starting QB. Yes, they went out and grabbed former backup Byron Leftwich on Tuesday for a 7th round pick, but he’s not the long-term answer. And yes, Dennis Dixon is around, but again, he’s not ready. It would have to be one heck of an offer, and a real eye towards the future to move Roethlisberger.