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The Curious Case of Trading Fast Willie Parker

Now before you go nuts, hear me out. Trading is not something we usually do with players. Sean Mahan aside I struggle to remember the last time the Steelers traded away a player. But I find this worth looking for a few reasons:

 

1) We spent a first round pick on a guy who looks like he could be an every down back next year and a good backup in Mewelde Moore.

2) We desperately need to improve our OL

3) Picking #32 is unlikely to get us a top notch Offensive Tackle

4) Trading FWP saves $3.6m against the cap

 

A closer look at the numbers, Parker's scheduled to hit the 2009 cap for $4.538m of which $937,500 remains of his pro rated $3.75m signing bonus. If we trade him we take that $937,500 hit as dead money but clear $3.6m.

 

Now I think Parker represents awful good draft day trade bait, the sort of player who might gain you an extra second rounder or perhaps catpault you from #32 to mid first round. Even if we don't snag that tackle in the first round via the trade clearing the cap space is good for helping us bring on board a good free agent Offensive Tackle instead. I know many people will probably have a problem even discussing this but to me trading away a player in a position of strength to gain advantage at a position of weakness is something of a no brainer if you can get the deal done.

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