So it has been rumored that the Steelers could be enticed into a trade for Big Ben, as long as they can get a high first round pick (preferably #1 for Sam Bradford). With all the talk about the Raiders rumored to have wanted McNabb (prior to the trade to Washington), this trade would make just as much if not more sense. It was said in a previous article that the NEW Raiders are not looking for "problem child" players, "divas" or questionable character players based on the "good guys" we have now. Ben does not have questionable character, he just makes dumb a$$ decisions off the field sometimes. That is a maturity issue and also due to him having early and repeated success in his short career.
It's probably a foregone conclusion that St. Louis will pick Sam Bradford with the 1st overall selection, but for argument sake, lets say that he's actually around at #8. It may be well worth it for the Raiders to make a trade at that moment with the Steelers. No one can argue that the trade (and releasing JaMarcus) would solve our QB situation. Gradkowski just tore a pectoral muscle and even though he should be ready by OTA's, he nor the recently signed Kyle Boller, Charlie Frye or JaMarcus Russel are going to take us the playoffs.
I would be much more inclined to trade our #8 pick for him than any other available veteran QB right now. But even though we need a QB upgrade......BADLY.....I would not be willing to use our 8th pick on a rookie QB. We need a seasoned vet with a proven record of success and leadership, not another project.
Of course, this is only conjecture at this point but everyone else is spewing their "What if's", and "The Raiders need to do this or that", so this is mine.