If rumors and inside sources hold true, it looks like the Steelers may be parting ways with two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the Oakland Raiders shutdown corner Nnamdi Asomugha.
The rumored deal would also include a swap of first round picks by the two clubs, giving the Steelers the No. 8 overall pick and the Raiders the No. 18 in the first round of tomorrow's NFL Draft.
Again, if this proves to be true, it will no doubt address the Steelers need for a proven shutdown corner. However, with Bradford almost certainly taken as the first overall pick, the Steelers would then be essentially betting the farm on Jimmy Clausen—and that's assuming he isn't picked up by another team before them.
You of course want to know where this babble of mine is stemming from. I don't blame you. As of right now the only sources I have regarding this rumor are the following tweets listed in succession by a former Pittsburgh radio DJ and a USA Today article which I will link as well.
First the tweets:
and now the USA Today article:
Tomorrow's draft is primed to be an exciting one. I for one would like to see the Rooneys give Ben a chance to rehab and get his life back on track, but if they feel that a clean break is in the best interest for both parties at this time and can get the deal rumored above done—I could live with it. Wait...no I can't.
PLEASE DON'T TRADE BEN!
How about you?
ESPN's Adam Schefter is now reporting that the Raiders are no longer interested.
"Let's rule out some more potential landing spots for Ben Roethlisberger: No Raiders, no Jaguars."
The word is that the Steelers are not willing to part with their 18th pick in order to "sweeten the deal." Now, there is still a possibility that Adam's update is not taking into consideration that a 28 year old Nnamdi Asomugha was added to the deal to convince the Steelers to swap picks. At this point though, it seems that the deal might be dead.