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Report: Cardinals called Steelers about Roethlisberger

If the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to trade quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Arizona Cardinals would make sense as trading partners, considering that head coach Ken Whisenhunt was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator for the first three seasons of Roethlisberger’s career.

John Clayton of ESPN said on 620 KTAR that the Cardinals are at least interested enough to give the Steelers a call.

“The Cardinals did check in. They called and made communication, " Clayton said on KTAR. “They did not make a real offer that is going to get anything done and I don’t even know if it got to the offer stage”.

The fact that the Cardinals called could be interpreted as a sign that Whisenhunt is less than completely confident in Matt Leinart being the right quarterback to run his offense. On the other hand, the fact that the Cardinals haven’t gone so far as to make an offer is a sign that the Cardinals’ interest in Roethlisberger is muted.

And if Whisenhunt doesn’t want Roethlisberger badly enough for the Cardinals to make an offer, the chances are pretty good that every team in the league has determined that Roethlisberger is too toxic to trade for.