This past Sunday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers might be ready to trade quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the offseason. It was contingent on whether the Steelers felt like they “could replace [him] with a franchise quarterback” in the draft.
“Ben Roethlisberger is not happy,” Rapoport said. “[He's] incredibly frustrated with the direction the franchise is headed.”
Roethlisberger has spent the week denying those rumors and stating that he is happy with the Steelers and wants to remain with the team. A source told CBS’ Jason La Canfora, that the rumors have “zero truth, are fabricated and are totally, totally false.”
“I want to stay. My family wants to stay. I want to finish my career here. I’ve always said that,” Roethlisberger said Friday on WDVE-FM, via ESPN.com. “I hope that’s very clear to everybody. When someone is a source and they’re unnamed, they have an agenda, and that agenda is not winning football games and not helping this team. And whoever the agenda is coming from, they’re not helping us. They’re hurting us.
“There’s no way it’s coming from in the building because, if it is, they would come talk to me. I think my résumé speaks for itself on what I’ve done in the past — winning championships and football games.”