Hours before the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Buffalo Bills 23-10, rumors began circulating that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wanted out of Pittsburgh.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Big Ben is “incredibly frustrated” with the direction of the franchise, according to Steelers sources. It’s not just coordinator Todd Haley, but the entire offensive coaching staff that has the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback discouraged.
Team sources expect Roethlisberger to ask the Steelers to explore a possible trade in the offseason, Rapoport was told. Pittsburgh fielded trade offers for Big Ben last offseason and the team expects to answer the phone again in 2014.
Steelers president Art Rooney II issued a statement in response to the rumors.
Contrary to erroneous reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not explored trading quarterbackBen Roethlisberger and have no plans to do so.
After the Steelers’ victory over the Bill, Big Ben spoke to the media.
“I’m unhappy with the offense when we don’t produce and that’s as much on me as anybody. As far as me wanting to go somewhere else or anything like that, I mean that is completely unacceptable, I don’t know where that came from. It’s one of the most BS stories I’ve ever heard of! I’ve always said I want to be a Steeler for life! I love it here, I’m happy here. I don’t want to go anywhere. No one in my family, in our camp, agents, no one has ever said anything about that, so wherever this was made up from, it’s totally false.
“It’s ridiculous! I don’t want to go anywhere, I love it here! This is family! This is where I want to be, and where I’ve always wanted to be. I don’t want to play for anyone else..I’m a Pittsburgher. This is home. I’m so proud to raise my kids here. I want to finish my career here, however long that is. I don’t want to play for anybody else. This is it for me!”
We’ll have to wait and see if these rumors ever amount to anything, but as of right now it seems like while Big Ben is unhappy with the Steelers’ season so far he wants to remain a Steeler and the Steelers want to keep him.