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3 Steelers Who Should Already Be on the Trade Block Ahead of the Deadline

Devon Platana
Three Pittsburgh Steelers players who should already be on the trade block ahead of this year's deadline.
Three Pittsburgh Steelers players who should already be on the trade block ahead of this year's deadline. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The 2022 NFL season's trade deadline is quickly approaching on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. ET. Sitting in the AFC North's basement with a 2-4 record, the Pittsburgh Steelers are one team worth keeping an eye on as far as potential sellers go.

Though the Steelers aren't out of the playoff race, nothing about their play indicates that they can become contenders overnight. Cutting off the excess fat ahead of the trade deadline can help them stock up on draft picks and come back stronger next year.

Keeping that in mind, here are three Steelers players who should already be on the trade block ahead of the deadline.

Steelers Trade Rumors

1. Chase Claypool, WR

Once seen as a core piece of the Steelers' future, Chase Claypool has been involved in trade rumors this season. The 24-year-old has become an afterthought to fellow wideout Diontae Johnson, while Pittsburgh hopes that rookie WR George Pickens can grow into the team's No. 2 option. Besides, Claypool could definitely use a fresh start after only posting 23 catches for 225 yards and a touchdown in six games this season. He's still young enough to have better days ahead of him and the fact that he has one more year left on his rookie deal could be enticing to a cash-strapped contender. If the Steelers don't view Claypool as an integral part of their future, they must move him over the coming weeks before his value drops over time.

2. Mason Rudolph, QB

Back in September, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the team wouldn't play rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett this year. Obviously, that turned out to be false as the first-year gunslinger took the job over in just a few short weeks and leaving Mason Rudolph as the third-stringer in the equation. With all of the QB injuries going around the league, it'd make sense if teams began calling Pittsburgh about Rudolph. Is he a game-changer? No, but he's a solid backup who's thrown for 2,366 passing yards and 16 TDs with 11 interceptions in 17 games (10 starts). The 27-year-old drew trade interest during the summer and with his being a free agent in 2023, the Steelers should capitalize on any potential suitors rather than lose Rudolph for nothing in free agency.

3. Terrell Edmunds, S

Terrell Edmunds is no stranger to trade rumors, especially after the Steelers declined his fifth-year option back in 2021. While they ended up bringing him back for this season, his poor play hardly has him safe from being moved. Edmunds has allowed a 70% catch rate and 132.9 passer rating this season, giving up two TDs and 79 receiving yards on only 10 targets. The Steelers are also been using him less often on defense and more often on special teams, likely to hide his struggles. With the organization already having concerns about him in the past, it seems like it'd be best for both sides involved for Edmunds to get a fresh start.

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