Following the report made by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to ask the team to explore trading him after the 2013 season, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Twitter that he was told adamantly that the Steelers never “fielded offers” or ever entertained trading their franchise quarterback this past offseason like Rapoport suggested.
La Canfora smartly points to what I did in my last post and that is the fact that trading Roethlisberger prior to June 1st would result in a dead money charge of $13.59 million and thus would only save $5.305 million in cap space in 2014.
As I mentioned, I am not buying any of this right now. Franchise quarterbacks do not come along every year and Roethlisberger still has a few good seasons left in him. Even if he should want out, why I don’t believe is the case, I don’t think the Steelers will trade him.