Roethlisberger turns 32 in March and is entering the final year of his contract. Sources have told WalterFootball.com that there is some reluctance of the Rooney family to give Roethlisberger another big contract. Pittsburgh has had a history of letting pricey veterans leave when they hit the later years of their career, and Roethlisberger's off-the-field issues haven't been forgotten by ownership. At 32 years old, this is Pittsburgh's last shot at having quality trade value for him. The Steelers also have an aging defense that needs to be rebuilt, and they could decide to start a youth movement in Pittsburgh.
In speaking to Roethlisberger's camp, their priority is for him to re-sign with the Steelers and they want him to finish his career in Pittsburgh. However, they also want a big pay day. They want Roethlisberger to be paid like the other top quarterbacks in the NFL, and they know that this is his last shot at a big contract in Roethlisberger's career. If the Steelers aren't willing to pay it, they would be willing to look elsewhere for it.
Teams that WalterFootball.com has heard could be interested in trading for Roethlisberger include the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals. The Texans selection at the top of the second round and a 2015 conditional pick could mimic what the Chiefs gave for Alex Smith last year. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians coached Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, and Arizona could use Roethlisberger to put the Cardinals over the top to get into the postseason in the NFL's toughest division.
Originally posted by Muggins:
If Arizona got him they would be very scary.
That was my first thought too. Could they afford h though? Fitzgeralds cap number is ridiculously high, isnt it?
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Houston would be an outstanding landing spot for Big Ben, that would be a pretty scary team.
If the Steelers won't re-up Roethlisberger or he wants too much money I could see him being traded to a number of teams including the Cards, Texans, Jags with the true wildcard, and most likely landing spot IMO being the Vikings. They're going to have to play outside in crappy weather for 2 years aren't they? May as well get AP the most capable QB possible that is coincidently very used to terrible weather. Even if this is a Brett Favre 2.0 gamble I think the ownership would be much more realistic this time around.
It would give Zimmer plenty of time to find a true QB, hell maybe even ride out Roethlisberger's career and AP's as well. Then there is the connection between the Steelers RB coach and supposed OC in waiting Kirby Wilson leaving for the Vikings.
If it isn't there it will be the Cardinals because of Arians. After that Ben would probably just want to play for a team that is a playoff contender.
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