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April 17, 2010
Roethlisberger a good fit on Hegenberger?

Was on "Chronicle Live" Thursday night on CSN Bay Area and heard the beginnings of a trade rumor involving the Raiders and a fallen-from-grace, on-the-market, face-of-a-franchise quarterback.

Then I tuned into the Friday episode of "Chronicle Live" and the rumor became more if a rumble. Host Greg Papa, who is also the radio voice of the Raiders, suggested the Raiders package the No. 8 overall pick in Thursday's draft and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and send it to the Rams for the No. 1 overall selection. Then, the Raiders could send the No. 1 pick to the Steelers for Ben Roethlisberger since the Steelers would want a franchise QB to replace Big Ben. With the top selection in the draft, the Steelers would be free to pick Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy and be rid of the distraction that is Roethlisberger.

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I don't know. I mean, just taking into account his on-field success - he's won two Super Bowls - Roethlisberger is better than anything the Raiders currently have on their roster in Bruce Gradkowski, Kyle Boller, Charlie Frye and JaMarcus Russell.

But his off-field baggage - being accused of sexual assault twice in the past year with more damning alleged details coming out seemingly by the hour- raises a huge red flag. And yes, I realize he has not been charged.

So what do you think, Raider Nation. Should the Raiders pursue putting Roethlisberger on Hegenberger?

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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