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.