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Roethlisberger Rumors, Did We Learn From McNabb

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 19:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers practices on April 19, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Steelers South Side training facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIApril 21, 2010

     Since it was announced that Ben Roethlisberger was being suspended for 4-6 games (depending on behavior) there has been many rumors that he is on Oakland's radar.  So far, only "sources" have said that this trade is likely.

     Flashback:  Donovan McNabb said that "sources" were a bad source of information in his conference after his trade to the Redskins.  The "sources" said that McNabb would retire or block a trade to Oakland if the trade was made.  McNabb said he would have been at workouts to learn the offense and meet his new team.

     Present:  This McNabb situation was a couple weeks ago and it seems like a distant memory.  People are all talking about "Oh my god, Big Ben is coming to Oakland."  If the Raiders wanted a QB they could have taken McNabb because apparently McNabb had a much lower asking price (top 40) than Ben (top 10). 

     Now, Ben is better than McNabb. 2-0 on the Super Bowl rings and Ben is younger with more left in the tank, but why would the Raiders ship away a top 10 pick to bring in a QB who will have a poor supporting cast, except for Zach Miller. 

     I think the Raiders will keep the #8 pick and go offensive line.  Bulaga, Williams and Campbell are the big 3 on Oakland's board and one of them will be in silver and black for 2010.  One man who won't be in silver and black:  Ben Roethlisberger.

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