There was plenty of uproar on Sunday after a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport came out suggesting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would be open to a possible trade. Many outside of Pittsburgh were not surprised by the news since the Steelers are on a severe decline. However, one person that was shocked was Roethlisberger himself.
“I’d retire before I’d accept a trade,” Roethlisberger said, according to CBS Sports. “I mean, it would have to be something really, really unbelievable for me to even consider it. I have talked to my wife about that. I don’t want to be anywhere else. This is where we want to be.”
The two-time Super Bowl winner is much more reserved than how his agent, Ryan Tollner, felt about the alleged false report.
“Ian Rapoport’s apparent sources seem to be guessing what Ben feels about the Steelers and being traded,” Tollner said Sunday in a tweet. “This is completely wrong and inaccurate. Ben has always said he wants to play his entire career for the Steelers, and his roots are set firmly in Pittsburgh. He has a lot left in the tank and is 100 percent committed to winning more championships with the Steelers.”
One could not blame Roethlisberger for wanting out, especially since the team has taken a turn for the worse. The Steelers are clearly headed into a rebuild mode that could put the signal caller in a difficult position to get back to a state of glory any time soon. On the other hand, it is no secret that Roethlisberger is dedicated to the city of Pittsburgh and state of Pennsylvania.