Steelers QB Roethlisberger could interest Seattle Seahawks
With Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback recently being in the news for harassment as well as other possible charges involving an incident outside Atlanta, the Rooney family is not so high on Big Ben. This is his second off the field incident (he’s currently fighting a civil suit in Nevada for sexual assault) and could be willing to part with the star quarterback.
The Steelers have said they would be content with current backup Dennis Dixon as the team’s starting quarterback or could acquire one via the NFL draft, but Dixon would be the more immediate choice.
So who would be interested in the 28-year old quarterback?
The Seattle Seahawks, led by new head coach Pete Carroll, would be the first team that would be a great fit for Roethlisberger. Seattle is rumor to be searching for a new franchise quarterback to replace the aging Matt Hasselbeck.
So far Kevin Kolb, Jimmy Clausen, Derek Anderson, Charlie Whitehurst and possibly Donovan McNabb are on Pete Carroll’s “possible quarterback list”. Could Ben Roethlisberger’s name be added to that list?
If you look at the situation that is currently in front of Pete Carroll, there would be no better option than Ben Roethlisberger.
You also have to look at it from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ point of view, with their franchise taking a step back this past season.
The Steelers currently hold the No. 18 overall pick in the upcoming draft, which is too far for Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford to fall. Then you have to look at the next few quarterbacks in the draft with Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, Jevan Sneed and others.
With Seattle holding the No. 6, No. 14 and No. 40 overall picks in the draft as well as a few players the Steelers would be interested in to fill some holes on defense it would seem that both teams could come to an agreement on a trade.
The Seahawks currently have linebackers David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill, who can both fill the Steelers need at linebacker (more likely Hill because he’s an inside linebacker-type talent with experience, where as Hawthorne is still a backup).
The most logical trade proposal involving the Seahawks-Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger would be this:
The Seahawks send the No. 14 pick, No. 101 pick, second-round pick in 2011 and Leroy Hill to the Steelers for Ben Roethlisberger and a third-round pick in the 2010 draft.
It gives the Steelers a top 15 pick in the 2010 Draft where they could fill their offensive line issues at either guard with Idaho’s Mike Iupati or an offensive tackle like Anthony Davis from Rutgers, Trent Williams from Oklahoma or Bruce Campbell from Maryland — whoever is still available.
Then it gives Pittsburgh a starting inside linebacker in their 3-4 defense who can come in right away and make an immediate impact, and is also signed through 2013. Also, with the added 2011 pick, it gives them options to make a later trade for another first-round pick in 2011 should they decide they want another first-round pick.
What it gives the Seahawks is a proven, talented, young starting quarterback who has already won two Super Bowls (one against Seattle) and can make everyone else around him better.
The Seahawks would be giving up a lot in order to get Roethlisberger, but it gives the Seahawks what they’ve been searching for: a true franchise quarterback who’s already signed long-term and one that you don’t have to groom behind Hasselbeck or try to build through the draft in the later rounds.
Also, when you look at the Seahawks giving up the No. 14 pick in the draft for Roethlisberger, you have to look at the possibilities of who they could be drafting compared to what Roethlisberger would bring.
Defensive end Derrick Morgan, offensive tackle Anthony Davis, running back C.J Spiller would not bring the immediate impact that Roethlisberger would.
Plus, if the Seahawks were to make this trade, it still leaves them with the No. 6 overall pick, as well as a third-round pick where they could pickup an offensive tackle to fit in Alex Gibbs’ zone blocking scheme.
Additionally, if the Seahawks wanted to really make their offense a complete Super Bowl caliber offense, they could seal the deal on Broncos’ restricted free agent Brandon Marshall and sign him to an offer sheet giving Roethlisberger a true No. 1 wide receiver.
It’s not really asking a lot….it just has a lot of moving parts. It’s an interesting scenario, one that could become a reality should the Steelers and the Rooney family decides they don’t want their team picture tarnished by Roethlisberger’s off-field problems.
Talking with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the rumors about the New York Jets trading for Brandon Marshall “have no legs”, so consider that Marshall rumor along with the Bengals rumor of bogus, the Seattle Seahawks still remain the only real team involved with Brandon Marshall.
-The Seahawks signed former Patriots tight-end Chris Baker to a two-year contract, making him the No. 2 tight-end behind John Carlson.
– The Seahawks are still negotiating with restricted free agent quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, but not deal is official as of yet.
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