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Roethlisberger's agent denies trade request

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The agent for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger denied a report Sunday that he will ask to be traded at the end of the season.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that Roethlisberger is "incredibly frustrated" with the direction of the team. That frustration is reportedly aimed toward the offensive coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

However, Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner, released a statement in response to the NFL.com report.

"Ian Rapoport's apparent sources seem to be guessing what Ben feels about the Steelers and being traded," the statement read. "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."

The Steelers reportedly listened to trade offers regarding Roethlisberger last offseason and they expect to field offers again next year.

Despite that, the team does not plan to trade the quarterback unless it can find an adequate replacement.

"Contrary to erroneous reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not explored trading quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and have no plans to do so," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

Rapoport responded to Rooney's statement on Twitter, writing: "What Steelers denied, I did not report."
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