Can Ben Roethlisberger Be Had for Less Than a First Round Pick?

David LeonCorrespondent IApril 22, 2010

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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Jamie Dukes of the NFL Network believes that Ben Roethlisberger can be had by the Rams for less than their No. 1 pick.  Logically, this means something less than a first round pick.

When speaking of the absolute No. 1, Dukes said, "I don't think that's the market for Ben Roethlisberger at this point."  He effectively urged the current Rams administration to go for it.

You can see the video here.

Dukes did not elaborate on his point, but it comes at the end of a series of strange trades in which significant stars fetched far less than expected market values.  Given his ponderous public relations baggage, it is believed by many that pawnshop rules would apply to any deal for Roethlisberger.

Several insiders have stated that the Rooneys are open to trade offers.  It is believed by some that they would like to move Roethlisberger; the problem is acquiring some suitable trade value for him.  In this environment, it is likely the Steelers would take a bath on such a deal.  For this reason, many believe that Roethlisberger will remain in Pittsburgh.

What do you think?  Would you want Roethlisberger in St. Louis?  Do you think he can be had for less than a first round pick?

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