6 quarterbacks the Steelers could trade for if Ben Roethlisberger is done
By Tommy Jaggi
The Steelers have some very important decisions to make at the quarterback position. Here are six players they could trade for if Ben Roethlisberger is done.
The majority of fans and analysts seem to believe that Ben Roethlisberger will be returning to Pittsburgh for one final season. However, some recent comments from Ed Bouchette on 93.7 The Fan may suggest that a return is much less likely than we think. The Steelers quarterback is set to have the largest cap hit in the NFL in 2021, and Art Rooney has expressed that something must be done in order for Ben to come back next year.
While I would still lean towards a Roethlisberger return in 2021, it’s certainly plausible that this could be the end for Big Ben. If that is the case, the Steelers are likely to stick with their ‘win now’ mentality and trade for a veteran passer. There are more names than ever at the quarterback position that have been linked to trade rumors this offseason. With many teams wanting a fresh start and others trying to stay competitive, here are six quarterbacks the Steelers could trade for if Ben Roethlisberger is indeed finished in Pittsburgh:
This is really the first time I’m hearing about Derek Carr potentially being dealt, but apparently, there is some interest in dealing him on the part of Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders. Gruden is said to be interested in acquiring draft choices in an effort to make a move for Deshaun Watson this offseason (something that really shouldn’t come as a surprise given his track record).
It is believed that Carr could fetch a first-round pick and then some if traded. The 29-year-old quarterback is coming off arguably the best season of his NFL career in which he threw for 4,103 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions last season. What’s most impressive, however, is his eye-popping 7.9 yards per pass attempt over the past two seasons – one of the best marks in the league. Trading for Carr would keep the Steelers competitive and would give them a quarterback with a lot left in the tank. His contract numbers are reasonable, and they could get this done if Ben is cut or retires.