The Steelers Should Trade This Player While They Still Can

Jason Schandl
The Pittsburgh Steelers should trade this player away while they can still get a good deal.
The Pittsburgh Steelers should trade this player away while they can still get a good deal. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a really interesting spot in the 2020 NFL season. They showed some real promise while forced to start backup quarterbacks in 2019, and now they're getting Ben Roethlisberger back. That has some experts extra high on them.

Their long-term outlook has some issues, though. Even if he's healthy this year (far from a guarantee), Roethlisberger doesn't likely have many years left before he retires. A few key players are also set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. That's why the Steelers should trade JuJu Smith-Schuster.

JuJu doesn't deserve full blame for his down year in 2019 — catching passes from Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges isn't exactly a recipe for success. But with only one year left on his deal, even a bounce-back season may not mean a whole lot for the Steelers, especially with reports they may not plan on re-signing him anyway.

There's also plenty of wide receiver depth behind him, as Pittsburgh took Chase Claypool in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, adding him to a promising young group that also includes Diontae Johnson and James Washington.

The market for top young wideouts is also clearly a strong one. The Houston Texans got ripped off when they traded DeAndre Hopkins, but the Minnesota Vikings got a great package that included a first-round pick in exchange for Stefon Diggs.

It may hurt in the short term to trade Smith-Schuster when the team is looking competitive in 2020, but question marks around Big Ben's health and the long-term appeal of potentially getting a first-round pick instead of losing him to free agency are hard to ignore. The Steelers are a franchise that is built on sustained greatness, and taking a long-term outlook here would be a great move.


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