In what has become a National pastime during the NFL off-season, another troubled player is being rumored to have a job waiting for him in Oakland. This time around its skank chaser extraordinaire Ben Roethlisberger who has emerged as the latest “problem child” rumored to be on his way to the East Bay.
As you might expect, today has been filled with the obligatory rumblings of Al Davis taking in the NFL trash in hopes of unearthing a sunken treasure.
Everyone has weighed in on the possibility of Big Ben coming into Al’s fold.
Will Brinson of NFL FanHouse offers this gem of journalistic genius.
Buffalo isn’t really a good fit either, given his looming suspension and off-field problems, so that leaves … oh, that’s right — the Oakland Raiders do have a top-10 pick. And really, there’s no better fit for Roethlisberger, if the Steelers are absolutely determined to move him. Al Davis has no issue taking on “problem children,”
Of course we can’t have an NFL trade rumor without Adam Schefter breaking the news via Twitter.
Here are teams that Steelers have called about Roethlisberger: Rams, 49ers, Raiders, Bills, Jaguars, Seahawks and Browns.
And just for good measure why not have that Laker hating blowhard Bill Simmons toss out his opinion too.
If the Raiders hadn’t already dumped their 2011 No. 1 pick for Richard Seymour, they could have offered two No. 1s to Pittsburgh for Ben Roethlisberger, who immediately would have become the most perfect Raider since Ken Stabler. Oh, like the Oakland fans would have judged him? Come on. JUST WIN, BABY!
I’m not naïve. I know that where there’s smoke there’s fire and Mr. Davis has certainly sent up his fare amount of smoke signals over the years. And for the record who wouldn’t want to acquire a QB with two Super Bowl rings? However, who wants to trade for a QB whose chances of catching an STD is equal to his career completion percentage?
Whatever the case may be, these Roethlisberger rumors will only grow as we countdown the hours until the start of the NFL draft.
If the Raiders do make a move for Big Ben, let’s hope that the trade doesn’t include Nnamdi Asomugha. Giving up one of the best character guys in the league for a millionaire who trolls for trim on $1 beer nights will only assure that these types of rumors will persist in perpetuity. In other words, get ready for those “Maurice Clarett: From the Big House to Al’s House” headlines to surface.