Trade for Ramsey enticing

Joe Gibbs' folly could be the Steelers' gain. <br><br> How so? <br><br> If Washington's new/old head coach goes through with his flirtations with Jacksonville to acquire veterans quarterback Mark Brunell, it would leave the Redskins with a disgruntled Patrick Ramsey sitting on their bench.

Gibbs apparently isn't happy with Ramsey as his quarterback and is pursuing a trade for the 32-year-old Brunell, who lost his job in Jacksonville last season to rookie Byron Leftwich.

Would the Steelers be interested in acquiring Ramsey, who turns 25 this week?

They should be, especially if Washington's asking price for Ramsey would be the second round pick it is rumored to be.

Ramsey, the Redskins' No. 1 draft choice in 2002, already has 16 career starts under his belt, including 11 in 2003. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound former Tulane star is signed through 2006 and only has a base salary of $1 million in 2004, $1.1 million in 2005 and $1.2 million in its final year.

That's not bad at all for a quarterback who completed 179-of-337 passes for 2,166 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season, when he was beaten to a pulp playing in former head coach Steve Spurrier's ridiculous offensive scheme.

Ramsey missed the final five games of the season with a broken foot, an injury he suffered early in the year, showing he has plenty of the toughness needed to play in the NFL. But he should be fine to play in 2004.

The Steelers need to acquire a good, young quarterback to groom for the future. But with the team showing signs that it won't pursue a trade with Houston to acquire Drew Henson, trading a second-round pick this year for Ramsey - who could beat out Tommy Maddox for the team's starting job – wouldn't be a bad deal at all.

Not only would they be acquiring a quarterback for the future, they would be getting one who is already battle-tested who could come in and play right now. And for a team that has aspirations of reaching the playoffs in 2004, that's something that cannot be overlooked.

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