As we always do, we will look at how that massive news can affect the Las Vegas Raiders this season.
No Mariota trade to Pittsburgh:
The Raiders are likely to trade backup quarterback Marcus Mariota to a team looking for an immediate starting quarterback. The Steelers could have been a potential fit if they parted ways with Big Ben, but now, this move very likely take the Steelers out of the Mariota mix.
Steelers could be playoff competitor:
The Steelers, who made the 2020 NFL playoffs, should be a contender and I could see Las Vegas and Pittsburgh battling for a wild card spot in the AFC.
Raiders face Steelers in 2021:
The two teams will play this season in Pittsburgh, so they Raiders will likely get one more crack at Big Ben.
Which leads us to ...
Raiders have owned Roethlisberger:
The Raiders are 5-2 lifetime against Roethlisberger and one of five teams with a winning all-time record against him.
Roethlisberger also got hurt against the Raiders in 2018 in an upset Raiders’ win.