With the NFL announcing the suspension of Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for at least four games and possibly through Week 7 of the 2010 season, the Steelers' organization is looking for a way out.
And a way up.
Reports of the Steelers possibly trying to trade the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback were thought to be heating up on Wednesday, the day before the 2010 NFL draft, until word was reported that the Rams would not be interested in trading their No. 1 overall draft pick.
Discussion has now turned toward the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders who fared miserably on offense last season are looking for a veteran quarterback to lead their team.
Though a trade of Ben Roethlisberger looks less likely, the Steelers organization has said multiple times that they are interested in taking offers, if it would move them up in the 2010 NFL Draft (currently No. 18 pick in the first round).
They're even willing to bundle their first round pick and Roethlisberger in order to move up.
Oakland currently holds the No. 8 pick in the draft which starts at 7:00 PM on Thursday, and might be willing to give it away for the right price.
The Raiders' staff is known for taking on troubled players, and Roethlisberger fits that description.
Even though the Steelers' quarterback is suspended, the Steelers are only willing to trade for a decent return, most likely only if they can improve their position in the draft order.
The Buffalo Bills would also fit the criteria, as they're in need of a veteran quarterback and hold a top 10 draft pick, but the organization seems like they are straying away from the thought of trying to pick up the troubled quarterback.
The Steelers' had already spoken with the St. Louis Rams organization earlier this week, but were denied when they tried to land the No. 1 overall pick in an attempt to pick up former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford.
Pittsburgh had already prepared for Roethlisberger's suspension by bringing in Tampa Bay quarterback Byron Leftwich in exchange for a seventh round pick.
Leftwich played as backup during the Steelers' 2008 Super Bowl winning season and could end up starting for the Steelers this year.