Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson — who’s been mentioned as a possible replacement for Ben Roethlisberger — congratulated Big Ben on Sunday.
Wilson could be available for the right price — a price that would likely include at least three first-round draft picks. This would rid the Steelers of cheap talent for at least the next three seasons. Is Wilson worth the asking price?
Per Ian Rapoport, the Steelers prefer to go into next season with Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins and a high draft pick as their quarterback options to replace a future Hall of Famer. That’s suboptimal to say the least, especially considering Roethlisberger’s pedigree and the team built around him.
Are the Steelers voluntarily entering a rebuild a few years early?
Wilson, perhaps subliminally, let the Steelers know he’s watching.
Steelers: Could Russell Wilson replace Ben Roethlisberger?
Wilson would be an ideal fit in Pittsburgh — the Steelers already have an offensive system built around him, as well as a solid defensive unit. The offensive line needs some work, but Wilson’s mobility offers them a bit of leeway there.
The only issue remains, as previously mentioned, that Wilson would cost a considerable amount. Even with the current Seahawks signal-caller, the Steelers likely aren’t favorites in the AFC. They’d have to draft well and acquire cheap talent to build out the roster. Positions like the offensive line and linebacker remains obvious needs beyond just quarterback.
If the Steelers were so inclined, the best way to replace Roethlisberger is through the draft. A proven passer like Wilson takes away some of the risk, but a rookie has a manageable price tag for at least five seasons, which gives the Steelers a solid window to win in.
The only issue? This year’s quarterback class is considered relatively weak in comparison to years past.
There is no easy answer to replacing a Hall of Famer.