Don\’t Even Suggest Trading Willie Parker

I have read various message board post this week about how the Steelers should trade away running back Willie Parker before the season ends now that Rashard Mendenhall had one break out game as a starter. The truth is, while Mendenhall certainly looked great against a banged up 3-4 Chargers defense, it was only one game. Throw in the fact that having two good running backs on the roster that can carry the ball 20 plus times is a great insurance from an injury standpoint as we are seeing now with Parker being sidelined. Sure, Parker is in the final year of his contract and will in all likelihood be gone in return for nothing at seasons end, but to trade him for a few draft picks takes away the ability to have a chance to win now.

Realistically, Parker would likely only garner a 3rd or 4th round pick and maybe another later round pick with the right buyer, but it is not enough. Also this assumes Parker gets back to 100%. Right now he can heal slowly over the next few weeks while Mendenhall gets a heavier work load with a fresher body and legs. Parker can return after the bye week and spell Mendenhall to keep him fresher should the starting gig be his at that point. Many will point to Isaac Redman as a reason to move Parker, but do you really want a player you truly know nothing about other than late pre-season appearances and a few goal-line drill reports to be the guy you go to should Mendenhall go down? Just because a player will walk for nothing in the offseason, is no reason to trade away a chance to win a 7th Lombardi Trophy.

  • Ben Morgan

    I agree, no point trading him now. I think there was a time when it would have been sensible to do so if they had confidence in Mendenhall and Moore (which they probably did not), but IMO that was before this year’s draft. Most likely it would have been to move up higher in the first round but I’m not sure who they would have targetted with a higher pick exactly. Hood looks a good solid pick but how I would’ve loved to see Michael Oher in Black & Gold!

  • Mario Lopez

    I can see trading FWP, on account the writing is on the wall, in the fact FWP doesn’t seem to be in the future plans of our Steelers. So my ? is will the Steelers sign a FA or draft another RB in the mid to late rounds in the draft? With FWP days numbered one way or another. He has had trouble staying healthy last few years, but if healthy he could be the LIGHTNING to MENDENHALL”S THUNDER!!! But the money won’t be there….for what he’ll want & probably get on the FA market…so next year RB depth will be Mendenhall, Moore, Davis, ?, Redman?????

  • admin

    Likely draft at least one RB mid draft, maybe 2. Redman if still here will get a shot to make the roster, maybe a cheap FA as well.

  • Rob Henderson

    The steelers also have Justin Vincent who they like. I would think about trading Willie Parker but because we will not play Denver & The Ravens until after the bye week you just cant risk the trade.They don’t know how Mendenhall is going to respond in the Mile High’s thin air or how he’s going to respond going against Baltimore. I also noticed on NFL networks replay of the Steelers vs Chargers game that Mendenhall was rubbing his shoulder on the sidelines.They need to keep an eye on that.