Wonder what Rapoport's source has to say about the $11 million cap hit the Steelers would have to take if they traded Ben?
Rapaport is on 93.7 right now. It's all speculation based on a team contacting the Steelers last year regarding a trade for Ben. He keeps saying that he wouldn't be surprised if this happens, that happens, whatever. What a crock, they're beating Ian up pretty good right now.
Last edited by JAR; 11-11-2013 at 04:09 PM.
The Steelers also stand to make a lot more money keeping Ben in the fold. As long as Ben is here, they can claim to be working toward winning more SuperBowls even if they're not even competitive. Ben will keep the fan base engaged. He'll sell a lot of gear and keep fans engaged. At the end of the day, Ben's still the most exiting player in the game to watch. Everyone will keep watching to see what magic is coming next. He's still got a long run in Pittsburgh.
Bob Labriola and Tunch Ilkin were talking about this on Steelers Live today. After breaking it down, they basically called Rappaport a liar and said to look west (meaning AZ) for the source of the rumor.
Do you not realize the $11 million cap hit is an easy fix in a trade? It can be a win-win for all parties. They re-structure and give Ben a new long term contract. Back end loaded gives Ben more money for more years. It gives both teams involved in the trade immediate cap relief.
Here is an example.
In order to make the trade happen, McNabb had to agree to re-work the five-year, $78 million contract he signed with the Redskins because the Vikings didn't have enough salary-cap room for him with the way the deal is structured. NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi confirmed that a restructured deal was in place, but the terms weren't immediately available.
Last edited by Dee Dub; 11-11-2013 at 05:53 PM.
Steelers 2014 Draft
1-Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
2-Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3-Jordan Tripp ILB/OLB Montana
4-Christian Jones ILB Florida State
5-Brent Urban DE Virginia
5-Michael Schofield OG/OT Michigan
6-Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee State
6-Ben Gardner DE Stanford
7-Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma