No player is bigger than the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Rooneys have no problem proving it, time and time again.
Jason La Canfora reported on NFL.com Thursday that the Rooneys are "livid" with Roethlisberger, and have internally discussed the idea of trading their franchise quarterback .
This isn't like it was with Holmes, though, where the Steelers couldn't wait to give away their most talented wide receiver to the first team that offered.
It will take a much more equitable offer to persuade the Steelers.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Art Rooney II said that they will wait until after draft day to make a disciplinary decision on Ben Roethlisberger , but that's if they choose to keep him.
I have a feeling that they'll make a decision before then.
They almost have to. Here's why:
Let me stress that if a Roethlisberger trade is made, it won't be in the same air as the Santonio Holmes give-away of this past weekend. The team isn't chomping at the bit to eradicate Big Ben, as they were with the Super Bowl XLIII MVP.
The Steelers have begun to prove their point, but would display a sense of favoritism that couldn't possibly be associated with a team like the Steelers, which holds the highest standard in terms of personal conduct.
The double-standard would be clear: If you're important enough to the team, you get to stay. That's not how the Rooneys have conducted business in the past, and I wouldn't expect this time to be any different.
This sort of ties into the image reasoning. Anger is a powerful emotion that can drive us to do crazy things.
The sense that I get when the Rooneys use the word "livid" is that this has caused them a lot of stress, and that they're anxious to see all the hoopla come to an end. The quickest way to do that is through a trade.
Rooney isn't one to let his emotions get the better of him. With the looming suspension and the continuing PR nightmare, Rooney must be anxious to put an end to the whole ordeal.
By trading him, it becomes someone else's problem.
I know this sounds like such an obvious factor, but think about it: With what a franchise quarterback means to a team, can the Steelers afford to sit around and wait until after the draft?
Over the next week, they'll undoubtedly be presented with the opportunity to trade way up in the draft to take a quarterback like Jimmy Clausen. Or perhaps they'll take Colt McCoy at the end of the first round?
Unless they're sold on Dennis Dixon as the quarterback of the future, the decision has to be made before draft day or else they'll miss their opportunity to cash in on an heir to Roethlisberger's brief reign.
If the Steelers are even considering a trade, now is the time to do it.