Big Ben calls report he'll ask for trade 'completely unacceptable'
Team president Art Rooney II says that, 'Contrary to erroneous reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not explored trading quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and have no plans to do so.'
On Sunday morning, hours before the 2-6 Steelers took on the Bills, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was so frustrated with how the first two months have unfolded that he could possibly ask to be traded this offseason.
"Steelers sources tell me to expect Roethlisberger to ask [the organization] in the offseason to explore possible trade options," Rapoport said. "The Steelers did field trade offers for Big Ben last offseason, they're expected to do so again this offseason. I asked a Steelers source would they actually trade their franchise quarterback and the response I got was 'No, unless we could replace him with a franchise quarterback.'"
That prompted this response from Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner
"Ian Rapoport's apparent sources seem to be guessing what Ben feels about the Steelers and being traded," Tollner said. "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."
And just before halftime of the Bills-Steelers game, team president Art Rooney II issued this statement: "Contrary to erroneous reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not explored trading quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and have no plans to do so."
And shortly after the Steelers beat the Bills, Big Ben got in on the action, calling the report "completely unacceptable" and "one of the most B.S. stories I ever heard."
So there you go.
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