Big Ben, Raiders seem to be a perfect match

Let’s pretend you’re Art Rooney II for a moment and you’re trying to deal with the internal war that has been raging inside you since Ben Roethlisberger was once again accused of not being able to keep his hands to himself.

Your head is telling you that it’s unwise to get rid of a franchise quarterback because after all, it’s not like they’re sitting on shelves next to the Big Bites at 7-Eleven. Trade Big Ben and you run the risk of setting your already diminishing franchise back several years in the process.

But then your emotions start to get the best of you again. You know that even though Big Ben the groper hasn’t been charged with anything, this clearly isn’t the trustworthiest of people. In the past four years, he’s been accused of sexually assaulting two women and almost killed himself by not wearing a helmet while riding his motorcycle. Considering he was just suspended six games next season, maybe it’s time to cut your losses and close the final chapter on the Ben Roethlisberger era in Pittsburgh.

Now, finding a trade partner is a little harder that it seems. More than half the league needs a franchise quarterback, but teams aren’t usually overly excited to part with a first rounder for a player with a history of making poor off-field choices and who will be suspended for the first part of next season. Buffalo, Kansas City and San Francisco are three teams that might be interested, but all three would likely pass in the end. The Bills can’t field a competitive team around Big Ben, while the Chiefs and 49ers aren’t likely to part with other players in order to pay for his services (especially in KC’s case, which shelled out big money to sign Matt Cassel last year).

No, there’s only one owner and one franchise that wouldn’t hesitate to take a player like Roethlisberger. There’s only one team crazy and stupid enough to acquire players on a whim and not think about the future consequences. There’s only one owner in this league that could give a damn about what Ben does in his free time.

And that’s why the Raiders make perfect sense.

Seeing as how Al Davis died a couple of years ago, he could care less about his team’s future. He likes star power, athleticism and bravado, and in a quarterback, he loves a big arm that can heave it down field in the blink of an eye. He doesn’t care about character and he loves spitting in the face of conventional wisdom. He also has one massive contract that he could clear off the books in order to pay Roethlisberger, if he’s willing to finally admit that JaMarcus Russell would be a better greeter at Wal-Mart than a NFL quarterback, that is.

If Davis obliged, the Raiders could send the Steelers the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for Roethlisberger. Oakland would get its quarterback, Pittsburgh would wash its hands of Big Ben and would likely still have an opportunity to draft Jimmy Clausen if it wanted. Then, in order to clear salary, Davis could cut about nine starters and build the team around Roethlisberger.

It’s a match made in hell.


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