Nov 3, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws the ball against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers could explore trade talks in offseason

The Pittsburgh Steelers could use a high pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to address their quarterback position. Current starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be 32 years old when next season starts and he is reportedly unhappy with the Steelers organization.

Pittsburgh has struggled greatly throughout the first half of the regular season and there have been reports of Roethlisberger having issues with offensive coordinator Todd Haley since he came to town, so it appears that the team’s rebuilding phase could soon kick in to full swing with an offseason trade that would ship their two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback out of town.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network passed along the report on NFL GameDay Morning:

In fact, Rapoport said the team explored trade offers last season. A team like the Arizona Cardinals or Minnesota Vikings could make a lot of sense.

Of course, Roethlisberger has a hefty contract and he isn’t getting any younger, so the team will need to sort through trade offers to see if they can get enough compensation in return to make the move worthwhile.

If there was ever a year to use a high draft pick on a rookie quarterback, the Steelers would be picking the right year.

With guys like Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel, Zach Mettenberger and A.J. McCarron all likely to be available, the Steelers could find their quarterback of the future in the first-round of next year’s draft.

Whether or not an actual trade or the trade talks begin in the offseason remains to be seen, but it looks like that is the direction we are heading.

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  • Jamie Ramirez

    Trading Ben would be a mistake. He is a Hall of Fame quarterback and one of the best quarterbacks in the league. What needs to be done is a shack up on that OF line and maybe get ride of offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

    • lucky9lives

      I agree

  • steel this

    “their have been reports”

    How can you take a journalist seriously when he doesn’t even know the difference between their and there?

    • mary

      it says “there” in the article….

      • Imma Commenter

        That’s because the writer changed it later.

  • bk

    Didn’t the Steelers brain trust just draft a QB last year? Nothing these clowns do would surprise me at this point…

  • Kareem Daniels

    This would be the draft class to do it with. Half the sacks are on him. Take the checkdown or throw the ball away. The team is rebuilding. Get something for him now

    • Dan

      None of the college qbs mentioned are franchise guys. Not even close.

    • Imma Commenter

      I suppose you are on your feet screaming wildly whenever he ” holds on to the ball too long” and makes something spectacular happen.

      What a dumb comment!

      • Kareem Daniels

        Remember the beginning of last season, when he was getting the ball out on time. The Steelers were 6-3. He was in the MVP talk. One of his best statistical seasons.
        A lot of those spectacular plays were needed cause he didn’t take the check down earlier in the drive. Such short term thinking

        • Imma Commenter

          I don’t care about his best statistical season. I can show you plenty of games Cowher teams lost when they dominated in every stat but the final score. Stats are for losers. Ben is a winner. You don’t trade a franchise QB in his prime, and take a $14 million accelerated cap hit along the way. Dumb. He only “holds the ball too long” when it’s not a spectacular play. Fans like you make me wanna puke. Seemed like eons of garbage QBs till we get one, then you wanna go and trade away the best competitor we’ve had at QB since TB. Dumb!

  • James Kennovin

    Lets get real… haley has no PITTSBURGH mentality. He belongs on a college sideline not the Steelers sideline. Big plays make in the NFL not screen pssses

  • Rachel Stingis

    Get rid of Haley!!!!!