The Pittsburgh Steelers preseason is over and the next stop before the start of the regular season is roster cut down day. Of course the Steelers have already trimmed the team down to 71 bodies, but still need to remove an additional 18 bodies before they can construct a 16 man practice squad. The easiest course of action would be to trim the fat and move on with your day, but a savvy General Manager, like Kevin Colbert, would use this league wide roster slash as an opportunity to better his team in the future. By dealing bubble players, teams receive some sort of compensation for a body that would normally fetch them nothing. A great GM will be picking up 1-2 picks over the course of the next few days.
So who on the Steelers roster could they find some trade value in? Well, there are a number of players the organization has that could of use to other teams, and the past would indicate that Kevin Colbert and company are already working the phones trying to deal in, and deal out players before cutting them outright.
Below are a list of players the Steelers could actually be traded away for draft capital.
After seemingly requesting a trade a few days ago, everything on the James Washington front has cooled down. That doesn't necessarily mean he won't be dealt, but if he is it would certainly be this week. Not to mention Washington holds probably the most value out of any of the Steelers trade assets. It might take a lot to pry Washington out of Pittsburgh, but unhappy players typically get shown the door fairly quickly in the Steel City.
Regardless of where you sit on the Dwayne Haskins and Mason Rudolph debate for the backup quarterback spot, I think most Steelers fans can agree the next great Steelers quarterback isn't already on the roster. If a QB needy team called the Steelers on either of these guys, I think they should at least entertain a deal. We know the Steelers will likely cut Josh Dobbs, but dealing someone else would keep Dobbs on the roster and not really affect anything in the quarterback room.
This preseason Jordan Berry punted the best football of his career. He pushed Pressley Harvin III as close to off the roster as any of us could have guessed, but the Steelers didn't draft ‘Big Press’ not to at least give him the opportunity. There is precedent here as the Steelers traded Brad Wing to the New York Giants for a seventh round pick back in 2015, a move which started the Jordan Berry era.
Benny Snell Jr.
I’m starting to lean in a direction that Snell in fact makes this team. The reason being Kalen Ballage would have an easier time clearing waivers to the practice squad than Snell, meaning the Steelers could keep both. But, if the Steelers get an offer on Snell they would be wise to come to terms on something. Snell won't be a big part of the offense because of the emergence of Najee Harris and the rise of Anthony McFarland, so getting anything for Snell at this point would be good asset management.
Robert Spillane has not played good football since before his knee injury in 2020. He was attacked relentlessly all preseason long and the Steelers replaced him with Joe Schobert via trade a few weeks ago. Rookie Buddy Johnson has also looked like a player who has earned more playing time and could slot in as the Steelers third inside linebacker, if that is the case then Spillane could be expendable. Getting something back for a player who is going to get buried on the depth chart will maximize the return in any trade. But the Steelers will be stronger with Spillane on their roster in a depth and special teams roll.
This is probably the least likely player to be traded, as Ebron is straight up a good player. However, the emergence of Pat Freiermuth may force the coaches hand into moving on from Ebron to get the rookie more snaps. Having both guys on the roster makes the Steelers a better team, but the Steelers could field calls and force teams to reach a high demand to take Ebron’s services.
But what do you think? Do you think the Steelers will recoup any draft picks over the next few days? Who is the most likely to be dealt? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!