Schefter: Raiders out of Roethlisberger talks

April, 22, 2010
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It seems the Oakland Raiders are not interested in making two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger their own at the price tag the Pittsburgh Steelers want in return for the embattled star.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Raiders are out of the running for Roethlisberger. Schefter reported Thursday that the Raiders were one of the teams the Steelers contacted about Roethlisberger, who is facing a six-game NFL suspension.

The Contra Costa Times reported that the Raiders contacted the Steelers but were not interested in giving up the No. 8 pick in Thursday night’s draft for Roethlisberger, and that the Raiders were interested in the Steelers tossing in the No. 18 pick into the deal.

I can’t blame Oakland for looking for more picks. But the Raiders badly need a quarterback and Roethlisberger would be the answer for the next seven to eight years, provided he doesn’t have any more off-field issues. Who do you think will have a bigger impact in the next five years: Roethlisberger or the player the Raiders take at No. 8 Thursday night?

The odds are it will be Roethlisberger and that’s why I think the Raiders shouldn’t close the door on this deal. But it seems like they have.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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