Is it really that far fetched? Far more shocking things have taken place during drafts… remember the 13 picks Mike Ditka gave away for Ricky Williams in 1999?? How about 2004, when Manning was traded from San Diego to NY in exchange for Phillips… that seemed to work out for everyone. How about 2001 when San Diego traded down from their 1st overall ( Atlanta picked Michael Vick) to pick up Ladamian Tomlinson and Drew Brees in the same draft? On draft day, anything could happen.
Having said that, what is the going price for a Two-Time Superbowl Champion? Specially one under 30, soon to hit his playing prime? Is the Number One overall selection good enough?
It’s been reported by the Post-Gazette that the Steelers are not “actively” pursuing a trade for their championship caliber QB; however, they would not be adverse to dealing their QB if the right situation would present itself. The Post-Gazette also reported that Sam Bradford had made a strong impression on the Steelers coaches and front office. But I wonder, what do they mean by ‘the right situation”? what would that look like? hear me out.
The Steelers just acquired Byron Leftwich, Big Ben’s 2008 backup via a trade with the Buccaneers. It makes sense, he knows the offense and he’s performed well for them on relieve duty. They also have a young QB in Dennis Dixon, who showed flashes of play-making ability last season when he started for an injured Roethlisberger. In addition to these two, Charlie Batch was re-signed a few weeks back. They have enough experience there, if we need someone to start right away, right?
Well, that got me thinking… see, they already have 11 picks in this year’s draft (which many believe is the deepest draft in the past decade) Is it possible their young backup QB, Dennis Dixon, could demand a 4th and 6th pick on the trading block? Let’s say he does and they make the trade, that would give them 13 picks in this year’s draft. Will the Rams take Roethlisberger, the 18th Overall and perhaps a 5th round for their Number One overall and maybe a 3rd or 4th round pick?
It would make a lot of sense for the Rams,if you ask me. First of all, this is a franchise that’s looking to give their fans something to cheer for. A team that’s going through an ownership change that wants to give their fan base a winner, let alone sell some season tickets. They will have their QB of the future and they still would have a first round selection which they can use to help their D-line. Perhaps a Jared Odrick from Penn State or Dan Williams from Tennessee, there will be options at number 18.
If Dez Bryant falls out of the first round and falls to them with the first pick of the second round….. forget the J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS! the Rams are going to the playoffs!!! Think about it, they still have Steven Jackson, who’s run over 1,200 yards the past three seasons despite an inept Offensive Line and no passing attack. Their Defense should be better under Spagnoulou’s watch on his second season. Draft a DT to anchor their D-Line, add a Osi Umenyiora via trade ( maybe a 4th or 5th round pick) and you got yourself the an NFC West contender.
I am not saying, I am just saying… it could happen. I sure would like to see Sam in Black and Gold. I wonder though, will he have any Satan t-shirts in his closet? I don’t think so, he’s too good.