Cardinals Reportedly Inquired About Big Ben

During an appearance on 620 KTAR's "Doug & Wolf" show, ESPN's John Clayton said the Arizona Cardinals called the Pittsburgh Steelers about the availability of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

"The Cardinals did check in. They called and made communication," Clayton said. "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."

Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt was the Steelers' offensive coordinator when Roethlisberger was drafted in 2004. While Roethlisberger didn't become a Pro Bowl quarterback until after Whisenhunt left for Arizona after the 2006 season, Roethlisberger was the NFL's Rookie of the Year in 2004 and was one of the NFL's most efficient quarterbacks his first two seasons in the NFL.

That Arizona at least inquired about Roethlisberger will be taken as a sign that they're not sold on the long-term viability of Matt Leinart as the starting quarterback. Of course, that just means not much has changed since they pursued then-San Diego Chargers restricted free agent/current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and signed Derek Anderson to a two-year, $7.25 million dollar contract in March that could be worth over $18 million dollars with incentives.

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