Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to pass against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Steelers 55-31. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger expected to ask for trade options

Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is reportedly unhappy with the team, as the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that Big Ben is expected to ask the Steelers to shop him around in the offseason in an effort to see what he’s worth. On GameDay Morning today, Rapoport stated that Roethlisberger is upset with the Steelers organization, and that this is something that transcends a dispute with incompetent offensive coordinator Todd Haley, whom Roethlisberger has been highly critical of in the past.

With this information, it seems perfectly reasonable to expect the Steelers to shop around Roethlisberger and field some offers, but it doesn’t seem reasonable at all to expect him to be dealt. Top ten quarterbacks like Roethlisberger simply don’t grow on trees, and they are incredibly valuable commodities who earn top dollar and would never fetch fair trade value (see: Cutler, Jay). The Steelers are incredibly unlikely to trade Roethlisberger, no matter how mad he is.

I honestly think this will boil over by the time any of this would have been expected to happen, because my guess is that Roethlisberger is simply frustrated with the way the Steelers season has gone this season. This issue can be exaggerated rather easily, but I certainly wouldn’t fall victim to that trap. At this point, Roethlisberger is probably just a little bit upset, the Steelers will quickly gauge his trade value (and see that it is absolutely not worth it), and he’ll end up staying for the rest of his career. As long as the Steelers continue to make an effort to beef up their offensive line and defense, then there shouldn’t be any problems; winning coincides with the happiness of star players, so it’s about making the effort to win.

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  • Joe Longo

    Effort to beef up the O-line? You are kidding me, right?? our line has sucked since 2008 and with the infusion of 2 number 1 picks and 2 number 2 picks, they still suck! Who should take the blame for this??? BTW, Look at all the top tier QBs in the league, what do they all have in common? A good o-line, what does BB have to work with? True, TB lost a lot of his weapons, but at lead his O-line is above average!

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Relax, not every blogger is a blithering idiot who disagrees with you. In fact, I totally agree with you. The Steelers offensive line is horrible, and it’s been among the worst units in the league for a number of years now. Mike Adams has been a colossal bust, and the only great player on the line is David DeCastro, who has been phenomenal this season. My point was that the Steelers will make Big Ben happy by making an effort to improve the line in front of him. Although it may seem like they haven’t tried to make the line better, they have indeed. It’s just that their moves to improve the line haven’t worked, with a notable, recent example being the Levi Brown trade. Next time, please read closely. I didn’t say the Steelers OL is good (nobody in their right mind would say that).

      I didn’t mention Tom Brady, but he has one of the league’s better pass blocking lines at his disposal. Dan Connolly is a bad right guard and Ryan Wendell has issues in pass pro, but he has an amazing LT in Nate Solder and a reliable LG in Logan Mankins. It’s too bad elite RT Sebastian Vollmer is done for the year, but third-year tackle Marcus Cannon has looked good as his replacement (Cannon didn’t look as good in his less-natural guard spot).