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As Expected, No Trades Made By Steelers By Deadline


As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers made no trades prior to the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

The Steelers had already uncharacteristically traded for running back Felix Jones during the preseason and tackle Levi Brown during the Bye Week. Like any and every coach should do, head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t rule out the possibility of a trade during his Tuesday press conference.

“I’m open to it,” Tomlin said of the Steelers making a trade. “We’ll see.”

The Steelers entered Tuesday with just over $1.675 million of available salary cap space, so that alone made it easy enough to see that they really were not to be taken serious as a possible buyer in a trade.

While they surely could have traded wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for a draft pick to a team wanting to rent him for the rest of the season, the pick they would have received in return for him would have needed to be a third rounder or better.

Why? Sanders will more than likely bring the Steelers a third-round 2015 compensatory draft pick assuming he leaves via free agency during the offseason.

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  • Bell Cow

    Who would want to trade for any of our players right now? Right now, Sanders isn’t worth a 3rd round pick for 1/2 season rental. In hindsight, they should have just let him go to New England for a 2014 3rd round pick. I thought Jason Worlids or Ziggy Hood could have possibly been on the trading block since it’s doubtful neither of them will be back next season.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Crud throws hands up lol

  • Eric

    I was silently hoping that Woodley got traded so we can finally solve the salary cap quagmire

  • Steve

    Don’t think so, we got enough linebacker problems.

  • Ia Ia

    And Woodley is one of the problems. How many tackles did he have against the Raiders? How many solos ?

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    What is the matter, he has like 5 sacks good grief! The whole defense had a bad game except Keisel, Troy & Timmons. I think he has 85% of the sacks the defense has. Yep trade him

  • Eric

    I am not complaining about his performance, just his salary. How are we going to have a competitive team by 2015 with that monster contract?

  • Mike.H

    …man, had we beaten the Rayiders by a FG like we should’ve, the mood would’ve been MUCH less toxic.

  • gene mann

    I would have like to see Sanders moved cause it kills me we had a 3 RD and didnt make a move. Now we get no more than a 5th round comppick

  • HopalongCassidy

    I see guys complaining about a solid top ten defense when the offense is 30th in scoring. Am I missing something here ?

  • AndyR34

    I am complaining about his performance…like Ben, his pay is far above his play…there is no value there. If you are paid like a top 10 payer, you need to deliver the performance…he s not.

  • Eric

    You are preaching to the Bishop. Ike and Troy are not playing up to their salaries also.

  • steelirish33

    IMO, it all starts up front on both sides of the ball. If they had better line play, especially on the offensive side, it would make things a whole lot better. And, even with the mediocre guys they do have on the O line, they can never stay healthy. I have never saw anything like it to a particular part of a team.

  • steeltown

    He’s on pace to have double digit sacks..for a guy who is asked to drop into coverage more than most other OLBs across the League that’s not to shabby. The stat sheet doesn’t always tell the whole story

  • Ia Ia

    I do not agree. Runs are always towards his side. If he doesn’t get a sack he is useless on any given play. We are giving this guy 10% of total cap space. Like Eric said I would welcome a trade or release of him, Ike, Troy and Ryan Clark

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    That is the million dollar question

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Side note does anyone miss Mike Wallace-Tied for 70th in the N.F.L

  • steeltown

    You would release Troy Polamalu?? When healthy, which he is, he’s one of the best players in the League and worth every penny

  • Ia Ia

    For how well he might play his position does not influence the game so much. Do you realize his cap hit next year is above 10% ? Or should I simplify: He gets paid like other starters combined ? Shamarko Thomas doesn’t even make one tenth of Pola salary. People it is a tough job but you need to keep emotions on the other side if you want to win

  • steeltown

    How can you even compare a rookie salary to a pro bowl veteran?? Apples and Oranges.. in the end its possible that Polamalu and maybe even Ike Taylor will be asked to take a paycut next season, but having highly paid veteran players is not foreign to the League..every Team has them. Its not emotions, its common sense, you don’t release your best players if you want to win

  • Eric

    Guys, do you realize that the 2014 salary cap #’s for Ben, Woodley, Timmons, Ike, and Troy combined is $65 million. If you add Brown and Miller, we are at $80 million. The Bears entire team is at $80 million right now. If we do not fix this salary cap hell immediately, we are going to struggle for a long time.

  • steeltown

    Ben will be given an extension and same with Miller.. that will alleviate their immediate cap hits and Troy and Ike will be off the books after 2014, subtract Clark and Keisel hits after 2013 and the cap will start to level out…. we are still in contract hell for trying to keep our SB Team together for another run (which almost worked in 2010) but most of those contracts (and careers) are coming to an end

  • Bob Graff

    With the front office and scouting dept. we have. Do you really think they could pull off a trade that would actually help??? The problem with the Steelers run deep, salary cap , no young talent, poor coaching ,bad drafting and a team that is old and slow. This team needs an enema not more crap brought in.

  • Bob Graff

    Yes you are, The only reason the defense is rated that high is because the offense holds the ball for long periods of time without scoring which shortens the game and skews the defenses stats

  • Bob Graff

    Is Troy worth 9 million a year? Hate to break the news but he’s still good but we are paying for the Troy from 5 years ago. It’s a huge part of the problem the front office has created.

  • Bob Graff

    Troy’s playing a monster back LB more than he’s a deep cover safety. If you watch the Pryor run sometimes it doesn’t work so well.

  • Eric

    Wallace is gone? I had not noticed, LOL

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Some people apparently regard him as jesus in cleats

  • HopalongCassidy

    Really with all of those three and outs ?

  • Bob Graff

    Well the trend goes like this , opposing team goes up on the Steelers they don’t take risks and know there are only a few possessions. BTW i do believe the D is playing fairly well but not top 10

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