Ben Roethlisberger suffered a major injury in their last game and according to reports, he could be sidelined for at least a month due to his hurting knee. The development opens the NFL rumors and trade possibilities that the Pittsburgh Steelers try to find a replacement quarterback while their starting QB is out.
But could the Steelers also explore trades for their long-time quarterback and get someone like Jay Cutler from the Chicago Bears? Multiple reports have confirmed the latest injury status on Roethlisberger and that he can only re-join the team until after Thanksgiving.
Cutler, the long-time quarterback from the Bears, is under contract until 2018 in a deal that pays him about $18.1 million per season. Roethlisberger is signed until 2019 and the Steelers owe him about $21.85 million. Cutler has a bigger guarantee ($54 million) compared to his counterpart’s $31 million.
Swapping Cutler and Roethlisberger has no major financial effect for both teams but the Bears would be saving a bit of money because Roethlisberger has the lower guarantee. Cutler is younger by a year and is a less injury risk than Roethlisberger.
This Cutler for Roethlisberger trade makes sense for the Steelers since they want to contend for a Super Bowl this season. Pittsburgh currently leads the AFC North with a 4-2 win-loss record and on pace to win the division.
However, without a true QB for the next few weeks they could face a time getting the Ws. A trade for Cutler would solve that problem by acquiring a veteran quarterback.
The Bears are once again struggling this season though it’s no fault of Cutler, who has suffered injuries in the early part of the regular season. Chicago is at the bottom of the NFC North and they can take chances by getting Roethlisberger and save some money in the process.
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