In 2010, the Pittsburgh Steelers were a 12-4 team that went to the Super Bowl. The following season, the Steelers had another 12-4 record but had an unsuspected early exit from the first round of the postseason. The 2012 campaign showed the start of the franchise’s decline with an 8-8 record and no playoff appearance. This season things have only gotten worse with Pittsburgh getting only their third win of 2013 in Week 10.
With such a backslide by the Steelers over the past few years, could it be possible that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wants out of the Steel City? According to NFL Medial Insider Ian Rapoport, Roethlisberger is “incredibly frustrated” with the Steelers’ lack of success. Rapoport was told that the Steelers were actually shopping Big Ben around this past offseason, and the same can be done at the end of this season.
Personally, I can’t see Roethlisberger in any uniform other than Pittsburgh’s black and gold. One would think that a quarterback of Big Ben’s caliber would play his entire career in the city in which he first played. However, if franchises are willing to give up great quarterbacks like Joe Montana and Peyton Manning, who’s to say that it can’t be done with Roethlisberger?
After being a part of such a winning tradition throughout his professional playing career then all of a sudden being on a team that is at the bottom of the league, I don’t blame Big Ben for being frustrated and wanting to separate himself from such negativity.
I’m sure that the 10-year veteran would love to stay in Pittsburgh and bring another Lombardi Trophy back to the city, but if his best chance of winning another Super Bowl is to go to another team I wouldn’t be surprised to see him jump at the opportunity.
If team president Art Rooney II and the rest of the organization wants to put all of this trade talk to rest and have Roethlisberger retire as a Steeler then they need to start bringing in more talent that will actually help Big Ben win games and possibly consider tweaking some things coaching-wise.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+