The Pittsburgh Steelers are no strangers to last minute trades as teams approach cut down day around the NFL and it seems they might be close to completing another one on Monday, if all the rumors are to be believed.
According to multiple reporters, including Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers are currently in the process of working out a trade with the Oakland Raiders to acquire wide receiver Ryan Switzer.
The Steelers are working on a trade to acquire slot receiver/punt returner Ryan Switzer from the Oakland Raiders, per source. Averaged 20.9 yards per punt return at North Carolina— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) August 27, 2018
Having traded Martavis Bryant to the Raiders back in April, it is rather interesting to note that trade might, in part, have made Switzer surplus to requirements in Oakland.
Originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft, Switzer was only just traded to the Raiders in April himself. Noted for his talents as a slot receiver and a kick returner, Switzer could fill both roles in Pittsburgh.
Josina Anderson of ESPN is reporting that Switzer is already on his way to Pittsburgh.
Just spoke to Ryan Switzer. He said he found out about the trade "this morning" and is "heading to Pittsburgh tonight." https://t.co/OLxov62X05— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 27, 2018
Given that the signing bonus associated with Switzer’s contract was previously accounted for by the Dallas Cowboys as dead money following their trade with the Raiders earlier in the year, Switzer would only cost Pittsburgh $555,000 against the cap in 2018 when the trade is complete. With three years remaining on his rookie deal, he would cost the Steelers $645,000 against the cap in 2019 and $735,000 in 2020, if he remains on the roster.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is suggesting the deal is almost complete, as is NFL.com.
This trade is happening. Finalizing now. https://t.co/HA8zJeN9SE— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 27, 2018
The trade is rumored to be costing Pittsburgh a fifth round draft pick in 2019 in return for Switzer and the Raiders sixth round selection next year.
Although is has yet to be officially confirmed by the Steelers, it is safe to say the deal is done when the player concerned is tweeting about it.
I’d rather everything go according to God’s plan than my own. One step closer to finding a home. Excited to be in Pittsburgh!— Ryan Switzer (@Switz) August 27, 2018
As more information becomes available, we will be sure to update this post.