The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, November 1st at 4 p.m. EDT, and unlike other professional sports, football’s deadline usually comes and goes without much notice. However, that doesn’t mean fans can’t contemplate if their favorite team has a player, or two, who could be trade bait and help their team acquire another player, draft picks, or sometimes cash.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are an extremely deep team at several positions, but none deeper than wide receiver. This was why when ESPN posed this very question to their beat writers, Jeremy Fowler pointed directly at a receiver who would make sense, if the Steelers decided to trade someone.
See what Fowler had to say:
Wide receiver Markus Wheaton
One of the Steelers' most productive playmakers late last season is experiencing a turbulent contract year. He has missed four games with a nagging shoulder injury, and he had several drops in Week 3. With four catches for 51 yards this season and a $1.67 million salary, Wheaton could be an appealing option for a team that is one receiver away from offensive success, and perhaps one would commit a late-round pick for his services over the stretch run. His shoulder isn't a long-term issue, and Wheaton, when in rhythm, is a reliable No. 3 receiver with good downfield speed. Perhaps he could use a change, too. -- Jeremy Fowler
It is tough to disagree with Fowler’s sentiment, but you have to wonder what the team would be able to get in a trade for a player like Wheaton. After all, Wheaton has been dealing with reoccurring shoulder problems, and hasn’t exactly been lighting it up when he stepped on the field in 2016.
Another position which the Steelers have some wiggle room is at running back. Fitzgerald Toussaint has proven he can play special teams, run the football and return kickoffs. With Karlos Williams now on the team’s practice squad, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the organization to put out some phone calls for teams looking to add a 2nd, or 3rd, running back to their stable of backs.
With the return of Ladarius Green looming, Pittsburgh could try to shop one of their current tight ends. Jesse James isn’t going anywhere, but David Johnson or Xavier Grimble could be an attractive option for a team looking for help at the tight end position.
As stated earlier, the Steelers rarely, if ever, make moves at the NFL trade deadline. It simply isn’t in the organization’s DNA. Nonetheless, if they were to trade someone away, who would you pick?
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