NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last Sunday that Ben Roethlisberger likely will ask to be traded this offseason after a decade of play with the Pittsburgh Steelers. So what's eating at Big Ben? Rapoport said Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that Roethlisberger's frustrations boil down to two factors: losing and money. The two-time Super Bowl-winning passer is set to make $12 million next season and $11 million the following year when a flock of big-name quarterbacks league-wide are making upwards of $20 million annually. Doubts linger over the ability of cap-strapped Pittsburgh to provide Big Ben the new contract he's looking for, according to Rapoport. An auxiliary issue is the presence of offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Rapoport was told Roethlisberger was tweaked with Steelers president Art Rooney's decision to bring back Haley for a second season. Big Ben and the coach have tried to make it work, but the results -- in terms of wins -- are not there.
Big Ben's frustration with Steelers due to money, losing
NFL.com | Nov 17