Ben Roethlisberger Trade Speculation: Is Sam Bradford Set to Replace Big Ben?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls a timeout during the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Ah, lovable Sam Bradford. The innocent, baby-faced quarterback that has won over crowds with his dazzling play and ability to post points on the board once again finds himself in the media this week.

Recently, Sam Bradford has been caught up in draft speculation and the pre-draft jitters that are sure to come with any young rookie setting his first steps in the wide and sometimes scary league that is the NFL. 

With Jon Gruden attempting to grill Bradford late last week due to his season-ending shoulder injury play, Sam Bradford is more focused than ever when it comes to looking toward his future in the NFL.

Before Sam Bradford can get too comfortable though, it seems there may be another issue that the former Oklahoma Sooner star has to deal with, and it is one that has only begun to blossom in the last day or so. 

It's the Ben Roethlisberger story, and for those of you that find this surprising, let me first off state for the record that Sam Bradford has done nothing wrong. 

No, funny enough, it's what Sam Bradford has done right that has Pittsburgh Steelers staff and owners talking amongst themselves in a so called "internal environment" about whether or not they can acquire the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Realistically, this move is never going to happen. 

But who can blame the Rooney family for dreaming of a more carefree world, where their quarterback isn't being labelled a rapist and isn't constantly in the media for all the wrong things.

Sure, for the most part, Ben Roethlisberger has delivered in every way possible for Pittsburgh in recent years, delivering them two Super Bowl trophies in the last decade. But with the recent controversy, it is hard to see the good out of what Ben Roethlisberger has done, and rather, focusing on the bad seems to be what people have chosen when it comes to considering Big Ben.

As for the Rooney family, I feel for you. 

Therefore unlike others, I will entertain the idea of what Sam Bradford could do for the Pittsburgh Steelers and also what Ben Roethlisberger could possibly do for the St. Louis Rams.


What Sam Bradford Could Do For The Steelers

First off, acquiring the No. 1 pick in the Draft from St. Louis would require some serious convincing.  St. Louis seems intent on refurbishing their offense, and when a guy like Sam Bradford is leading the pack, it seems that the Rams are in prime position to take a quarterback that is labelled "a sure thing" by many in terms of his future.

If somehow the Steelers were to pull the impossible, it would not only be great for the Steelers' offense, it would be a monumental change in the NFL Draft and also the 2010 season.

Sam Bradford is the type of quarterback that is looking like he could possibly fit in with any offense.  His arm is great, and although he was injured for the majority of the 2009 season, his mechanics and skill set are what put him above the rest.

Aside from what Sam Bradford can do, it is also the mental side of his game that makes him such a threat.  His work ethic is great, and you only have to look at his impressive combine and workout efforts to know that Sam Bradford has every intent on succeeding in the NFL.

The most promising point that comes out of Sam Bradford is that he seems like an all-around, honest guy.  Texas fans that have seen Sam Bradford nearly annihilate their Longhorns on more than one occasion can safely say that Sam Bradford's sportsmanship, leadership, and off-field smarts leave a lot to be desired out of Ben Roethlisberger.

Can Sam succeed in Pittsburgh?  Of course. 

But I highly doubt that we will ever see it.


What Ben Roethlisberger Could Do For St. Louis

It's no mystery why the Rams' offense has struggled in recent years.  Three years ago, it seemed that Marc Bulger was the go-to guy for St. Louis until he to collapsed under the Rams curse and now finds himself a free agent in the NFL.

The bigger question than what Ben Roethlisberger can do for the Rams is why do the Rams want Ben Roethlisberger?

Well, to me this is a lot like the Eagles signing Michael Vick.  Most teams are cautious when signing a controversial player, and although said player may have had a very poor past, he still has the ability to have a bright future on the playing field.

This statement pretty much sums up Ben Roethlisberger.  Yes, he has done wrong, but he has done pretty much everything right on the field except for acquiring a few concussions here and there and maybe making some bad decisions.

With the Rams needing a quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger is as reliable as ever.  He's proven he can get the job done, and he's proven he has an arm.  Like Bradford to Pittsburgh, we'll probably never see the day when Ben suits up in a Rams helmet, but it would be interesting to say the least.



As I've said, this whole story is very unlikely to happen, so please don't take it out of context.  However, if the Rooney family has discussed it behind closed doors, there's no telling how far they may go with the idea.

The bigger story coming out of this small piece of speculation is that the Steelers organization is truly unhappy with Ben Roethlisberger.  Personally, I can't blame them, as Ben has embarrassed an historic franchise whose name is stamped all over the league.

Pittsburgh has some problems to sort out, and Ben Roethlisberger may find himself taking the Santonio Holmes route right out of Pittsburgh. 

If you are a Steeler fan, all I can say is this: At least your ownership is trying to sort the problem out and isn't tolerating any nonsense.  A small positive to come out of this story, but one that is needed to move forward.


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