The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the middle of one of the most turbulent offseasons in team history. The "Good Guy" image that the Rooney family has developed over decades has been thrown into question like never before.
Sure, they have had issues in the past, most of which were dealt with swiftly and harshly. Don't believe me? Ask Cedric Wilson.
Yes, there has been an occasional pass, James Harrison, but in most cases, prior to this year, players were not given much rope with which to "hang" themselves.
With the second round of illegal accusations being brought against Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes, people are starting to wonder if the Rooney family is allowing players to get away with more, simply because of past performance on the field.
Now, I am not saying that this is something that the Steelers SHOULD do. As a matter of fact, I would not be happy if they did do what I am going to propose.
Ben Roethlisberger: Once again, as I have said NUMEROUS times, innocent until proven guilty. That does not change the fact that there is a dark cloud hanging over his head. It is there because of the second round of allegations of sexual misconduct in less than a year.
Would Big Ben still be on the team if he were a backup linebacker? If the Steelers applied the same rules to him as they did with Wilson, then he would have been on the free agent market already.
So, what do you do with him?
It is obvious that the Steelers are not simply going to release someone they gave the largest contract in the history of the franchise. That would be bad business, and we all know that the Steelers front office is not stupid.
They would have to trade him, and in doing so, would get at least one top 10 pick. Do not think for one second that Ben would not draw more interest than Donovan McNabb. Ben is six years younger, and has TWO Super Bowl championships.
Then we have Santonio Holmes. It was only a couple of years ago that Holmes was busted for marijuana possession. Now he is being accused of hitting a young lady in the face with a glass of alcohol.
If the Steelers were to decide to put Holmes on the trading block, what would he be worth? How often has a 26-year-old Super Bowl MVP been available for trade?
Look at a team like the Miami Dolphins. Miami is interested in selecting Dez Bryant with the 12th pick in the NFL Draft. Would they not make the trade for a proven winner over someone that had to sit out most of his senior year of college for personal misconduct?
If the Steelers were to make these two trades, they would instantly prove to all players on the roster that they are serious about players off-the-field conduct, and would again provide Steeler Nation with the assurance that they WILL give the fans role models to look up to.
By making these two trades, it would give the Steelers either...
Picks One, 12, 18, and 33—If They Were Making the Trade with the Rams
The Steelers would be able to address every true need that they have on the offensive line, defensive line, and even TWO picks for their secondary, including either two top-rated defensive linemen or an offensive lineman and a safety.
They would also be able to use pick 18 on Tim Tebow if they truly wanted to show that character was more important than anything else.
Picks Six, 12, 14, and 18—If They Were Making the Trade with the Seahawks
With this scenario, they would still get to choose between the best safety on the board, plus one or two of the elite linemen.
With BOTH of these scenarios the Steelers would be able to restock their team.
The downside of BOTH of these scenarios would be that NONE of these men are proven in the NFL, and all of them could be busts. That is not even taking into account that the contracts that the Steelers would have to pay would be astronomical, all the way around.
Take into account the hit that the team chemistry COULD take, and it could send the Steelers into a tailspin that could take YEARS from which to recover.
Then there is the other side of the coin. These moves could drop the average age of the Steelers all the way around the board. IF the moves all panned out, it would bring depth that no team would be able to rival.
So, the question to you, Steeler Nation, is would it be worth it? Would you, if you were Kevin Colbert, pull the trigger on the potential?