Why would they make the trade? Like Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger has enjoyed a monumentally successful career, but, the end is nearing without a concrete plan behind him. Although Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs have flashed potential in the past, both have little experience and were mid-round picks for a reason.
The Steelers would make this trade to build a really solid young foundation that would theoretically consist of Rosen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and James Conner. A Big Ben to Rosen transition wouldn’t be too tough either as both share many similar qualities in terms of quarterbacking.
Why wouldn’t they make the trade? They have a broken defense and invested in Mason Rudolph last year. While Rudolph isn’t near the prospect Rosen is or was, he has some potential to succeed in Pittsburgh. Trading valuable assets for another quarterback while the Steelers have holes all over the defense may not be wise if Steel City wants to get back to competitive form in 2019.
Their lack of cap space for the ’19 season is also rather concerning.
What are their trade assets looking like? In the first four rounds of the ’19 draft, the Steelers hold the 20th, 52nd, 66th, 84th, and 123rd picks. Potentially tradeable players include Joe Haden, Bud Dupree, Eli Rogers, and Vince Williams. Simply put, a trade between the two 2009 Super Bowl foes would likely be a haul of draft picks instead of players.