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3 Veterans the Steelers Should Trade for Draft Picks

Devon Platana
Three veteran players that the Pittsburgh Steelers should trade for draft picks this season.
Three veteran players that the Pittsburgh Steelers should trade for draft picks this season. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers' late collapse last year has bled into the 2021 NFL season. The Steelers are a disappointing 1-3 this year and have lost seven of their last nine regular season games after starting 2020 by going 11-0.

One of the main causes of this year's disappointment has been Pittsburgh's lack of offense. The team is averaging just 16.8 points per game through its first four contests — tied for the fourth-worst average in the league.

With the Steelers losing their last three games in a row, things don't look like they're getting any better, which means it might be time to reset the roster. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is practically out the door, which means it might be time for Pittsburgh to cut its losses and start building towards the future.

Here's a look at three Steelers veterans that that Pittsburgh should trade for draft picks.

Pittsburgh Steelers Trade Rumors

1. Eric Ebron, Tight End

Eric Ebron joined the Steelers back in March 2020 when he signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the team. While he was solid last year, catching 56 balls for 558 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, rookie TE Pat Freiermuth has all but stolen his spot. Their snaps counts are both hovering around 50%, however, Freiermuth has Ebron beat in just about every pass-catching category. With the latter becoming a free agent after this season, the Steelers may as well trade Ebron for something rather than losing him for nothing. That way Freiermuth can see more playing time to help his development and Ebron can go help out a playoff contender.

2. Benny Snell Jr., Running Back

In his third NFL season, Benny Snell Jr.'s role in Pittsburgh continues to regress. After working as the No. 2 back and occasional starter in his first two years, Snell has played just 6% of offensive snaps in 2021 — recording three rushes for a single yard. Besides, Najee Harris is the No. 1 running back going forward because there's rarely a time where he isn't on the field (93% of snaps). If the Steelers don't think Snell fits in anymore, they're better off trading him. The 2021 NFL season hasn't been kind when it comes to running back injuries, so there's certainly a team out there with use for him. Plus Anthony McFarland Jr. is the more talented backup RB when healthy compared to Snell.

3. James Washington, Wide Receiver

Back in the offseason, fourth-year wide receiver James Washington requested a trade from the Steelers. The trio of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson is preventing Washington from seeing a bigger role in the offense, which is why it makes sense to move him — especially with him becoming a free agent once the season ends. Teams like the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, who are at the bottom of the NFL when it comes to passing yards this season, may want to take a shot at the 25-year-old. He caught 44 balls for 735 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns two years ago, so it wouldn't be shocking if at least one team thinks that he has the potential to help them out.

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