By Eric Schmidt

The Pittsburgh Steelers are suffering through a very disappointing 2013 season. Few things that the team has done this season has translated to success on the field. Offensive line issues, a struggling running game and a defense which has lacked the trademark Steelers intensity this season have all been evident this year. With changes looming, could the Steelers actually trade their franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this offseason?

NFL Network’s insider Ian Rapoport reported this morning that Roethlisberger is frustrated with the team this season and would be open to a trade after this year. Roethlisberger has had a well documented rocky relationship with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, but Rapoport suggests the animosity by Roethlisberger runs deeper than just his relationship with the coordinator.

Roethlisberger has taken a beating this season, being sacked 31 times so far along with receiving numerous quarterback hits.

The Miami of Ohio product will turn 32 this offseason and his salary will be $12.1 million next season. Pittsburgh will have to be assured of receiving another franchise quarterback prospect in exchange for moving Roethlisberger. As crazy as the idea of trading Roethlisberger sounds, one has no idea the depths the franchise will go this season in order to blow this current situation up and start over from scratch. The Steelers, like the Patriots, are a close knit team and little news as to what is happening behind the scenes ever comes out.

 

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