Steelers news: Roethlisberger considered 49ers, Bud Dupree hints reunion, and more
By Tommy Jaggi
As the free agency frenzy finally starts to cool down, the NFL pro day scouting trail is really heating up for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Tomlin and Omar Khan have been extremely busy this week with stops at Iowa, Iowa State, and Ohio State Pro Days so far.
While the focus from here until April will shift primarily toward the 2023 NFL Draft, we recently learned of some Steelers news that is sure to have fans intrigued. Here's what you need to know.
Recently, former Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, revealed that the San Francisco 49ers had an interest in signing him after he retired from football following the 2021 playoff loss to the Chiefs. Here's what Big Ben had to say while speaking with Mark Madden of 105.9 The X:
""[The 49ers] were, I think, reaching out maybe just to gauge my interest. I had discussions... I'd be lying if I didn't say there was a small part of me that was intrigued. I could still do it and prove to people that I could still play. At the end of the day, I just can't see myself in anything other than black and gold.""- Ben Roethlisberger (via 105.9 The X)
This was the first we were hearing about something like this. While Roethlisberger admittedly looked washed up toward the end of his career, going behind a fantastic offensive line in San Francisco with Kyle Shanahan as head coach would have been intriguing. Still, we can take comfort in the fact of knowing that Ben only wore the black and gold during his professional career.
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In other Steelers news, former offensive lineman Ramon Foster recently sent a text to Bud Dupree during his live show asking if he is coming back to Pittsburgh. Dupree responded with the "shh" emoji. This could mean nothing at all, or it could mean that a Steelers deal with their former first-round pick is in the works.
At 30 years old and with an extensive injury history, Pittsburgh will have to vet his health thoroughly. If he gets the greenlight, don't be surprised if a reunion with Dupree takes place in the near future.
Recently, NFL Draft expert Daniel Jeremiah released the third version of his full first-round mock draft. Jeremiah teased Steelers fans with a fan-favorite selection falling to pick 17. Jeremiah had Georgia OT Broderick Jones landing in Pittsburgh -- a player that often goes earlier in mocks. Jeremiah has the Steelers passing on frequently-linked players like CB Joey Porter Jr., WR Jordan Addison, and CB Deonte Banks.