Steelers Six From Around The Web – Thursday April 22nd

Following the suspension that was handed down by Roger Goodell to Ben Roethlisberger, Art Rooney II met with the media via conference call to answer a few questions. You can listen to the whole call here.

Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune reports that a Raiders employee confirmed the Raiders indeed contacted the Steelers about suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger but didn\’t make an offer to them. The employee added the Raiders are unwilling to trade their #8 overall pick for Roethlisberger and that the Steelers aren\’t interested in throwing in their #18 pick to sweeten the deal.

Trent Dilfer said that if the Steelers indeed traded Roethlisberger he thinks they would have to draft a quarterback in the first round. I disagree and do not think the Steelers have to draft one of the projected 1st rounders. I do not think they are that enamored with any of them.


The Las Vegas woman who first accused Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault has said through her attorney that she\’s no longer willing to settle her civil suit under previously offered conditions.

Ed Bouchette thinks like many of us that Florida center Maurkice Pouncey could be the pick today for the Steelers if they stay at #18. They might could even move back a few picks and still get him. This is by no way a lock as we have seen with previous Steelers drafts.

Santonio Holmes has made a blog post thanking Steeler Nation and New York Jets fans. Great PR move. Regardless, we will never forget Tone and more memorable the final drive against the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

  • dave

    Pouncey is practically the unanimous choice in every mock I see. I can’t remember the last time so many draftniks agreed on a mid round pick. I do hope it happens, although I’d be OK with Kyle Wilson or Iupati.

    It still would not surprise me at all if Ben is a Raider by the end of today. Everyone knows how negotiations work. The Steelers start off asking for the moon, the Raiders start out offering next to nothing, and they meet somewhere in the middle. They have the next 8 hours or so to hammer it out.

    I just hope the Steelers don’t cave in and settle for peanuts. I’ve said all along, anything less than 2 firsts is a steal in my opinion. Any team in the NFL without a “franchise” QB is crazy not to at least make an offer. I can’t believe the Raiders are the only team interested. Roethlisberger is still one of the best QBs in the game with potentially another 5-10 years ahead. I personally think the Steelers (and Steeler fans) will ultimately regret this move unless they get a “blockbuster” deal in return.

  • J Rob

    A first and a third from the raiders with us tossing in a 5th to them might be a good deal. We could likely get a top tackle, our next great center, a top corner, a good defensive linemen, a shot at getting tebow or another developmental qb. Either way if the steelers keep the burger I’m ok with that, or if they trade him and we then become a team with decent qb instead of a great one and a much better cast of players around our qb I’m ok with that.

  • J Rob

    One other thing this trade business if it happens, I think will happen when the trading partner of the steelers is on the clock and the steelers are able to see the guy they want on the board in the first round. If the steelers do not have a guy they want that is a good value for the pick they will receive in the first round the trade will not happen. For this to work out the trading partners will both have to feel like they are going to get something of great value. Detroit may also be a possible trade partner and with them it may be a 1st and a 4th rounder.

  • dave

    Jrob – not to beat a dead horse here, but why would Detroit be interested? They just sunk $50 mil or so into Matthew Stafford, first overall pick in the 2009 draft. I’m not saying Stafford is better than Ben, but realistically the Lions would have no interest in making a trade.