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Friday, October 24, 2014

Steelers: We have not explored trading Ben Roethlisberger

Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II issued a statement on Sunday in response to a report saying the team expects quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to ask for a trade.

“Contrary to erroneous reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not explored trading quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and have no plans to do so,” Rooney said in a statement.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that Roethlisberger is “incredibly frustrated” with the Steelers’ offense. He’s reportedly discouraged with the entire offense, including offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

The Steelers reportedly fielded calls on Roethlisberger last offseason and expect the same thing to happen this offseason, but they have no plans to trade him unless they can get another franchise QB to replace him. They might ask him to restructure his contract, however, because he has a high cap number next year.

Nobody can see the Steelers getting rid of Big Ben at quarterback, so the more likely solution is for the team to change offensive coaches in an effort to make him happier. The Steelers entered Sunday’s game 2-6. They rank No. 25 in the NFL with 19.5 points per game.



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