No player is so good they cannot be replaced. So making any player available for trade will have it's good & bad points.
Thing is- what is best for this franchise.
Not convinced trading Ben away is the best option, regardless of the haul they'd likely recieve.
From the current roster, the guys Chadman sees needing upgrades from outside the organisation seem to be Ryan Clark, Steve McLendon, Manny Sanders & potentially the OL.
Guys like Ziggy Hood are only worth trading for late round picks- everyone knows he'll be gone next year regardless.
That said, both Clark & Sanders are likely gone next season too, so why would anyone trade for them?
The most valuable trade commodity the Steelers will have at this point is a high 1st round draft choice. You could trade that for a later pick & several others & get a nice draft haul. The other trade bargaining chip, in Chadman's opinion, is Maurkice Pouncey. Velasco hasn't been a significant downgrade. Trading Pouncey for some valuable draft choices might not be the worst option going forward.
This is NOT a terrible football team.
They are just playing terribly.
A change in Offensive philosophy would go a long way to changing that, as would installing a proper NT.
Can we trade Haley for a case of beer?
Again, look at Dallas in 1989 at 1-15. They did not have a franchise QB until they drafted one. And he was a game manager for a lot of it early on. They went from 1-15 to winning 3 out of 4 super bowls in the span of 3 years.
Build this defense and running game into a power house and they will come!!!!
There's no one person that you can easily pin everything on. Its gotta be maddening to Tomlin. And the best he's come up with is to take away ping pong :)
I think you have to put the majority of the blame on Tomlin and Ben. And neither can seem to get it right. And you do have to wonder if we'll get things right with the 2 of them continuing to be here?