What if the Steelers are sellers at the NFL trade deadline?
The NFL trade deadline is quickly approaching, and all 32 NFL fan bases are wondering if their favorite teams will be buyers or sellers when the time comes to make those decisions. For the 4-2 Pittsburgh Steelers, it seems as if they would only be buyers, not sellers.
But what if it works the other way? What if they’re sellers at the deadline?
Before getting into the players who could potentially be options, we should look at a couple things. First, these are just my opinions. I have no inside information on these players potentially being moved. Second, Omar Khan surprised everyone when he traded both Kevin Dotson and Kendrick Green before the season began. If anything, he has proven more willing to ship players he didn’t draft away than to retain them. Lastly, none of these potential moves made below would be made at a position where the Steelers don’t have some quality depth where they could survive moving said player.
The Steelers getting more draft picks for the future would be the goal of these moves in hopes of furthering the reconstruction of the roster to hopefully build not a competitive team, but a championship team.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about some players the Steelers could potentially move on from, if they chose to do so…below each player is the likelihood of the move happening. 1-10, 10 being highly likely.
Okorafor is under contract for 2023 and 2024, but carries over $11 million dollar cap hit next season. On top of financials, Okorafor’s play has left a lot to be desired for a lot of loyal fans. Okorafor was built to be a left tackle, but can’t play that side of the ball well. He fits better at right tackle, yet isn’t the road grader the Steelers would like to have on that side of the line. If something else were to fall into place, Okorafor could be shipped if the price was right.
Dan Moore Jr.
What were to fall into place? That would be if Dan Moore Jr. could slide to the right side. In a perfect world, Moore would be the right tackle and Broderick Jones the left tackle for the foreseeable future. But just like Okorafor can’t play left tackle, Moore can’t seem to play right tackle. While I don’t see the Steelers moving either tackle, if the price was right, and Jones seemingly waiting in the wings, I could see the team selling one of these players, not both…only if the price was right.
Calvin Austin III
It seems odd the Steelers would get rid of the young speedster, but the team has seen plenty of Austin to know if he is going to be a big part of their offense/team in the future, or if he is going to be nothing more than a gimmick player. Teams need receivers, and if a team calls Pittsburgh and offers them a worthy offer, the team’s depth at wide receiver could make it a move they can’t resist.
There are many, myself included, who feel Adams is being played out of position playing primarily at nose tackle. If the Steelers want more of the plug in the middle of the defense, they could turn to Keeanu Benton and let him play more snaps. If Cam Heyward is close to his return, the team could see Benton’s development as a reason to potentially part ways with Adams. The thing about this is, would any team call? Probably not, but if they did, I’m sure Khan would listen.
A position the Steelers have a lot of depth is at outside linebacker. There is no way the team would ever part ways with Nick Herbig, but Markus Golden, a proven veteran, could be on the radar for a team that is looking for pass rush help in the second half of the season. It would be a “playing with fire” move for the Steelers, as it pertains to a potential injury to one of the current starters, but if the team trusts in the Top 3, they could part ways with Golden. Again, I don’t see them making the move, but he’s certainly a player who could draw attention from teams looking for pass rush help and not having to pay a king’s ransom to do so.
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