Pittsburgh Releases Roethlisberger: McNabb on a Plane to Steel City (Humor)

Zack NallyCorrespondent IApril 1, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks back to the huddle after injuring his shoulder in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-24.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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According to Adam Schefter's Twitter account, Pittsburgh has reportedly handed golden boy quarterback Ben Roethlisberger his final paycheck as a Steeler.

After a painfully long deliberation process, the Rooney family has decided that Big Ben's questionable off-the-field antics have warranted a quiet exit. An official statement to the media by General Manager Kevin Colbert is expected later today.

Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault by a 20-year-old college student in Georgia earlier in the offseason and, while he hasn't been officially charged, the Steelers organization has decided the distraction is too much to preserve the integrity of the team.

The former Miami (OH) quarterback is also being sued in Nevada by a woman who claims Roethlisberger assaulted her in a Lake Tahoe hotel in 2008. 

In an additional surprise move, Pittsburgh's front office has arranged for a trip by Philadelphia Eagle's quarterback Donovan McNabb to visit team facilities and meet with Coach Mike Tomlin

Rumors on McNabb's future in Philadelphia have been largely circulated of late, but barring any major conflicts, it's becoming more and more clear that McNabb will be donning the black and gold next season. 

Details on the trade haven't been announced yet, but it's likely Pittsburgh will forfeit their first round pick in this year's draft and possibly an additional first round pick in a future draft. 

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McNabb has played eleven season as an Eagle and, while age has not been an apparent factor in his play, Philadelphia is looking to the future with Kevin Kolb at the helm and Michael Vick as a contributing role player. 

McNabb has never had an elite receiving corps like he had last year in Philly with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Jason Avant, but Pittsburgh is not without its own receiving talent. 

Long-time Steeler Hines Ward is still a dependable veteran who can offer a lot to McNabb's run-and-gun style, and the Mike Wallace/Santonio Holmes duo is well-suited for the former Eagles' gunslinger mentality.  

Big Ben's future as an NFL quarterback is still questionable, but his off-the-field court transgressions will need to be settled before he can consider coming back to the league. 

APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!!!!


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