Ben Roethlisberger has been a bit of a drama queen at times in his career.
Now, suddenly, he’s become a drama magnet.
Doesn’t the NFL Network have anything else to talk about?
Twice in five days reports have been broadcast that question the long-term viability of Roethlisberger’s relationship with the Steelers.
In response, Roethlisberger can’t state his case that he would like nothing more than to play his entire career with the Steelers faster or more adamantly.
The Steelers had nothing to say on the subject today, choosing instead to stand on the statement made by Art Rooney II on Sunday:
“Contrary to erroneous reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not explored trading quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and have no plans to do so.”
I have no doubt what’s being said on the NFL Network regarding Roethlisberger has resulted from the working of sources rather than a desire to merely throw
something at the wall and see if it sticks.
Nobody’s making anything up just for the hell of it.
But I suspect the sources aren’t as plugged in as those doing the reporting believe.
That’s not to suggest there’s no chance Roethlisberger ever takes a snap in another uniform.
He’ll need a new contract soon and those are complicated deals in the NFL these days.
And even Wayne Gretzky got traded.
So did Peyton Manning.
But I’m convinced of this much:
No. 1 _ Roethlisberger is sincere in his desire to retire with the Steelers.
And No. 2 _ The Steelers fully appreciate the value of a franchise quarterback and what the franchise quarterback currently in their employ means to the franchise.
A lot can still happen between now and then end of the season.
As you watch it all unfold remember that the Steelers have been operating for some time now with the idea of doing what needs to be done (drafting offensive linemen, changing offensive coordinators, drafting a running back, etc.) to extend Roethlisberger’s career in Pittsburgh as long as possible.
And in the event you doubt what Steelers players think about their franchise quarterback, consider what Brett Keisel had to say on the subject today:
“We love Ben. We know why we have two (Super Bowl) rings, why we have two (additional) trophies upstairs. He is a big part of that.
“One reason why we feel like we’ve always got a shot is because we have a great franchise quarterback. A lot of teams can’t say that. A lot of teams probably want that.
“Who knows how it got started? I don’t think it was Ben. I don’t think it was anybody in this building. A lot of us just kind of ignore it, really.
“When you think of Ben Roethlisberger you think
of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I think it’ll always be that way."