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Steelers: ‘No plans’ to trade Ben Roethlisberger, despite media reports

Jay Busbee
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Ben Roethlisberger. (Getty Images)

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday morning that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might be on the move:

Why would Roethlisberger want to be traded from a team he took to three Super Bowls, two of them victories? Well, remember, we're talking about the 2013 Steelers:

Rapoport further noted that his sources indicated that there were no discussions about trading Roethlisberger at this year's trade deadline, though there was one team that called last year. The only way the Steelers could trade Roethlisberger, Rapoport's sources indicated, is if a franchise quarterback would be available in the draft ... and it just so happens that this appears to be an incredibly deep college draft class for quarterbacks. (Johnny Manziel in Pittsburgh? We can dream, can't we?)

Anyway, Rapoport's report didn't go over so well with those who have a vested interest in Roethlisberger's play this year. Roethlisberger's agent Ryan Tollner took to Twitter to refute the account. “Ian Rapoport’s apparent sources seem to be guessing what Ben feels about the Steelers and being traded,” Tollner wrote. “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.”

Then, just after 2 p.m. Eastern, Steelers president Art Rooney II offered the following statement:

Contrary to erroneous reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not explored trading quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and have no plans to do so.

Shortly afterward, Rapoport offered a clarification/defense:

The Steelers are 3-6 after beating Buffalo, but do not appear headed for bigger and better things this year. Is this the final run of Roethlisberger's career in Pittsburgh? The man himself says no. After the victory over the Bills, Roethlisberger emphatically denied the report saying he's a "Pittsburgher for life." 

"That's completely unacceptable," Roethlisberger said when asked about the reports. " I don't know where that came from, it's one of the most B.S. stories I've ever heard of. I've always said I wanted 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 camp, my family, my agents, no one has ever said anything about that. 

"So where ever this was made up from, it's totally false."

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