Rumours spread on Sunday afternoon that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may be seeking a trade in the offseason.
With his deteriorating relationship with offensive co-ordinator Todd Haley believed to be at the root of the problems, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that both Roethlisberger and the Steelers will explore trade avenues.. The once feared Steelers are beginning to show their age, and with talk of a rebuild on the horizon, getting a draft pick for their 31 year old quarterback may be the place to start.
However, to complete a trade, they need some interest. Here are three teams that may pursue a trade for the two-time Super Bowl champion.
The most logical trade partner appears to be the Arizona Cardinals. Carson Palmer isn’t the long term answer for the team, and whilst Roethlisberger is just two years younger than Palmer, head coach Bruce Arians is a known fan of Big Ben having worked with him in Pittsburgh. The two have remained in contact despite Arians leaving the Steelers in 2012, and should Roethlisberger become available, you have to imagine that Arians would be one of the first coaches in the NFL to enquire.
Christian Ponder isn’t the answer. Matt Cassel isn’t the answer. Josh Freeman probably isn’t the answer either. The Vikings have a fairly talented roster, but poor quarterback play is definitely holding them back. They will have a high pick in the draft where they can add a defensive player, and trading a mid-round pick for somebody like Roethlisberger could be sensible, especially with it looking unlikely that they’ll be in a position to land either Teddy Bridgewater or Marcus Mariota in the draft.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
They may have finally won a game, but the Buccaneers are still searching for a quarterback. Mike Glennon has flashed ability since replacing Josh Freeman, but learning behind an experienced veteran in Roethlisberger could aid his development. Head coach Greg Schiano surely won’t be there much longer after a tumultuous season, but with a high pick on the way they could be in a position to land Jadeveon Clowney at pass rusher, and could still afford to give up a mid-round pick for Roethlisberger.
It still seems somewhat unlikely that Roethlisberger will be traded, but with the Steelers looking to get younger across the field, they must be in the mindset of at least listening to offers for their long-time quarterback.
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