Trade Big Ben?

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Recently rumors have surfaces that maybe Steelers QB and two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger might want a trade out of Pittsburgh.  This seems crazy to fathom, as he's been the face of the franchise for nearly a decade and is one of the few QB's in the league with the kind of two minute prowess tha tmakes you believer you're truly in any game you play.

Still, it's an interesting thought.  Imagine Big Ben behind a solid O-Line, like you can find with the Vikings or perhaps the Bucs?  What about rejoining former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, now the head coach in Arizona?  It's reasonable to think he'd fit in several locations, but why would the Steelers trade him?

Pittsburgh, now 3-6 in a frustratingly inconsistent AFC North division, has been on a rapid decline the last couple of years.  They're defense is seemingly aging in dog years, and the offensive line has been a problem for what seems like forever.  Furthermore, Ben has watched weapons like Hines Ward and Mike Wallace retire or move on to greener (and by greener I mean richer) pastures.  Maybe the Steelers should trade Ben if he want sout, and get some assets while he still has a lot of value.

Ben isn't a young man at 31, he's got about 5-6 years left if he's lucky before all those hits he's taken over the years reduce him to jelly.  While he's come out and squashed the rumors, it's still a faun game to play.  Should the Steelers entertain offers for the veteran, it's reasonable to think that a pair of first round picks might very well be on the table.  My suggestion is that the Steelers go for it and commit to a rebuild.  Unless there's some level of playoff success at the end of this year, it might be time for the Steelers to unload in the offseason and reload with young talent.  It seems crazy to think of giving up a two-time Super Bowl winning QB, but with the hits Ben has taken over his career, sometimes the smartest move to make is to pre-empt a rapid decline.  If this team is getting you 3-6, how much worse can it be after a youth movement?