Deion Sanders: Steelers Should Trade For Richard Sherman Or Patrick Peterson

As of midnight, Pacific Coast Time, you can now legally buy marijuana for recreational use in the state of Nevada. Judging by a Friday segment on ‘Total Access’, NFL Network talents Steve Wyche and Deion Sanders are already legally or illegally partaking in the herb.

For some reason, Wyche and Sanders discussed potential blockbuster trades that would change the course of the Super Bowl race in the 2017 and the former had a few outlandish ones for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Give me Patrick Peterson or Richard Sherman and send them on to the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Sanders said. “Because you know the Pittsburgh Steelers and Big Ben [Roethlisberger] and Antonio [Brown] are gonna score, but if they just had some defense, be able to stop someone every now and then… oh!”

In a non-salary cap world, this would be a brilliant suggestion by Sanders. I guess that aspect was ignored, however, and while starved for content and something to talk about, it really can’t be. In case you weren’t already aware of it, Richard Sherman is guaranteed to earn $11.431 million in 2017 from the Seattle Seahawks and another $11 million in 2018, the final year of his current contract. As for Patrick Peterson, who is currently under contract through the 2020 season, he’s scheduled to earn $9.75 million in 2017. Additionally, the Arizona Cardinals have no reason to trade him.

Sure, the Steelers could make cap room by restructuring a few players contracts such as Ben Roethlisberger’s and Maurkice Pouncey’s, but that would be very foolish to do.

Not to be outdone by Sanders, Wyche offered up his own cockamamie trade idea that included the Steelers.

“Von Miller to the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Wyche suggested. “You talk about a guy who has wrecked their biggest nemesis, the New England Patriots, this guy played against them eight times, Prime. He has seven and a half sacks, he’s got two forced fumbles, he’s got a pick, he’s just a disruptor, he’s got more than 18 quarterback hits. You add him to that defense and let’s say we get Sherman or Patrick Peterson on the backend, let’s do a duel blockbuster here, Prime.”

Yeah, Von Miller is set to earn $16.5 million from the Denver Broncos in 2017, so that deal isn’t happening either.

Look, I understand how hard it is to come up with content ideas during these six weeks of the offseason, but one would think the NFL Network has people they pay good money to come up with something better than this. Perhaps those employees live in Nevada.

  • Big White

    Why would they? Butler needs deep zone guys for his scheme.

  • kev4heels

    I would give a 1st for Peterson today.

  • dany

    Well yeah, but it simply wouldn’t happen

  • Um…….NO!

  • Ike Evans

    You havent seen all this man coverage theyve been talkin about runnin?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I would trade for Sherman in a heartbeat! Would never happen tho. Seattle was asking for the moon.

  • Jeff McNeill

    I doubt the would take two firsts for Peterson.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Probably would take 2 1sts and a 3rd to get Patrick.

  • Steve Johnson

    The Steelers would never mortgage their future for a player. But let’s be realistic, do you really think the Steelers have the Defense to beat New England? The secondary to stop Oakland and New England’s aerial attack? Keith Butler and Mike Tomlin strategic enough to beat Brady and Belicheat? If you do, slap yourself and wake up.

  • SilverSteel

    Can’t wait to actually see it in games. I’m not convinced our D scheme is going to change all that much. We will see.

  • Darth Blount 47

    If we could afford to pay Donta Hightower 10 million per year…………………..

  • Conserv_58

    On the face value of these trade deals I could see how these two could come to their conclusions. On the fip side, Dion has demonstrated how clueless he is about the Steelers’ defense. Obviously, Dion forgot that the Steelers defense was good enough to get them the the AFCCG. Their loss to the patriots did expose their deficiencies, but they’re not as bad as Dion is positioning them as being. Even as attractive as those trades look on paper we know that there is no way that the Steelers or those teams would entertain the thought of pulling those trades, for good reason.

    First and foremost is those player’s contracts and the negative long term domino affect they could have on the Steelers’ salary cap. Secondly, there are no guarantees that those players would bring a seventh Lombardi trophy, especially if they got injured. Lastly, there is the issue of team cohesiveness, continuity and trust in the ownership. The Steelers’ are not the Washington Redskins. They’re not going to do a Daniel Snyder by throwing big money at free agent players that are in it for the money. They’ve made some ill advised free agent signing, Ladarius Green, but their history proves that they stay true to their team philosophy of building through the draft with an occasional free agent signing. They won six Lombardi Trophies doing it their way.

  • Jeff McNeill

    If you don’t I say pick a different team to like. I think they can beat anyone. Will they? I don’t know but I believe they can stop them and win.

  • Jeff McNeill

    And I would not want it any other way.

  • Steve Johnson

    I don’t need to pick a different team, I can root for the same team I’ve been rooting for years. You can be a Die Hard Steeler Fan and still be impartial.

  • Jeff McNeill

    I don’t think that believing past failures determine the success or failure of a team is at all impartial. Maybe that’s just me. I believe the team when they say they want to play different schemes to address the failures of the past. Perhaps the players they have will not be capable of that, I don’t know. I think the defense last year wasn’t very young and on the rise and will be much improved this year, perhaps I am wrong. I think the pass rush will be improved and the secondary play will be much better and the offense will be better. All of those factors will help them beat every team they play.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    good they may be but both are on the downside of their careers. not worth it.

  • SteelersDepot

    That $10 million or so wouldn’t have been his first-year cap charge, however.

  • WeWantDaTruth

    It’s amazing how much better your DBs are when you have a great pass rush. See Von Miller in Denver and Giants pass rush vs. Patriots. Always spend $$/draft picks on top pass rushers rather than top DBs.

  • Ace

    I would absolutely restructure whatever they could to make room for Sherman. Give them Coates and next years first and 3rd maybe (if this was madden I guess). IMO, the window is two years or whenever Ben decides to hang it up. Bryant won’t get another contract in Pittsburgh, Bell is going to cost a ton, Brown is in his last contract, the O line is the best it will ever be (maybe not ever but, you know). The offense is at its peak and will be sliding down in the next couple years most likely. The window is open now and I would rather mortgage the future as they say for a chance at #7 for the next two years. A lockdown corner would help this D so much. Might not be enough to do it, but I think it would be worth a shot. Course, it would suck to do all that and come up short still……..

  • Kevin Artis

    I would rather have Von Miller, Khail Mack type player. Hopefully Bud Dupree and TJ Watt will develop into such player. If they do, that will make our secondary much much better.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Sure. Coates for RS.

  • Darth Blount 47

    True. I’ve pointed that out before, that really you can do some amazing gymnastics with contracts when you have a guy like Khan or simply use some real creativity.

    But there is also the possibility of trading for Sherman or Peterson (much less likely PP, since I’m not aware of any reports that he’s actually ever been disgruntled) and then inking them to a new deal that lowers that “year 1 cap hit.” I personally still believe Sherman has just enough left in the life of his tank, where doing that could still make some sense.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Sherman is a beast in the Cover 3.

  • Gautama Om

    No question about that BUT where’s the cap room?

  • Gautama Om

    We have no cap room to take on his contract; unless you trade away one of our best players which would mean you almost wash out the benefits of that trade.

    Besides I’m not sure ONE “shut down” CB would do it for many teams that usually have 3 very good offensive options. The other team can also rely on their other 2 offensive options and besides a guy like Peterson would still give some offense to their primary WR.

    I would disagree and trade for a an OLB like Von Miller or Khalil Mack…then move Watt to ILB. We would be one of the top (if not the top) pass rushing team with Heyward, Hargrave, Tuitt, Von Miller and a rising Dupree. Don’t forget Watt up the middle.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I think Sherman’s football mind could take our secondary to the nxt level.

  • Conserv_58

    It’s a very good thing that you’re not working for the Steelers. Then again, Daniel Snyder and you have a lot in common.

  • Conserv_58

    Mike Mitchell has the same mindset.

  • Conserv_58

    While at the same time you can be a die hard Steelers fan and believe that between having last years rookies go through a full season as starters, the selections of this year’s rookie class, on top of the free agent DB’s they brought in that they have improved enough to get over the hump.

  • Conserv_58

    Yes, but they didn’t.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Well I must be breathing some good second hand vapors then, because I’m buying what Deion is selling.

    In my humble opinion, the only position the Steelers lack to become Super Bowl favorites is a shut down CB. I think between Dupree and Harrison and Watt we should be able to get decent pressure from the edges. I think between Heyward and Tuitt and Hargrave we should be able to get decent pressure from the inside. But our CB’s (aside from Burns) are lacking in elite talent. If we had Peterson and Burns as our two starters we would be built very similar to the 2014 Patriots (when they won the S.B. with Revis and Talib).

    Now, fitting them under our cap is a completely different story. You’d have to seriously mortgage the future, but it COULD be done. You extend Bell now and get that $12 million tag off the books. There’s most of your $10 million for Peterson. You restructure Pouncey and Big Ben and you are all set for this year.

    The question boils down to… Is it worth it to win one more Super Bowl in 2017-18 (when we’re sure we have Ben)? Or hope that he plays an extra year, and then try and win two Super Bowls with our current “less than elite” defense?

    To me, I’d take one ring. Right now. This year. And deal with the future later. Because I think the odds are 50/50 that Ben plays next year. And we’re not winning a Super Bowl with Dobbs (or whichever rookie we draft) in 2018-19. Now is the time. Pull the trigger. Win the Lombardi.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Long time listener, first time caller? Lol.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I think it was Revis and Browner for the Patriots in 2014, but I definitely agree with everything you’ve stated!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx


  • Ace

    Probably on a human level we do, just like you and I. Me and Daniel both want to win trophies like now. Not sometime in the future. This team will be crap once Ben is gone for a couple years anyways. Why not go all in right now with this team and take your best shot. Shooters shoot man, that’s what we do.

  • Ace

    Amen to that, I’m all in man. Sign me up right now for all of this. THE shutdown corner of the NFL would slide in so nicely in Black and Gold. This is what I’m saying. Ben is done year after next. We are going to be looking at 7-9 or 9-7 for a few years until we find the next QB. It’s just how it is. Go all in now and go after that smug Marsh Brady. Don’t you think Sherman would have a nice chip on the old shoulder given the opportunity to see Marsha twice this year with the second one sending him home for good? Man I wish the old front office would have a set of balls on them sometimes.
    Cue the Conserv_58 hate….

  • Robert E Lil

    The point is everyone recognizes The defense stinks.

  • HiVul

    I’ve written before during this offseason that our chances aren’t good, but it’s the NFL. Way crazier things have happened in a best of 1. All it takes is one bad game, one fluke turnover, one injury, or one day where our offense is unstoppable and we can beat the Patriots. We find a way to get homefield and our chances improve.

    No one really is better equipped than we are, roster wise. I wouldn’t call it 50/50, but let’s see what our defense looks like by the end of the year, and how lucky we are in terms of avoiding injury. Who knows

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Obviously, you’re right that salary cap matters and the players they’re suggesting are like dreams in that regard.

    But the sentiment from Deion is right on, IMO. Just imagine how different the defense feels if Burns is the number 2.

  • Bill

    Sherman, great player, though not in the Steelers’ mold. Peterson? Yes in a heartbeat.

  • copanut

    The Steelers’ aerial attack is not exactly chopped liver, and yet they struggled against some teams whose secondary is not any better than the current Steelers crew. Sometimes it’s an off-day for Ben, or an accumulation of bumps and bruises, or problematic weather, or a feisty crowd, or some subtle cheating, and that’s all it takes to beat the unbeatable. The difference between beating NE and losing to NE is nowhere near as dramatic as people seem to want to believe.

    Slight improvements to the pass rush and secondary should cause that defensive gap to evaporate, and a full offensive squad is hard to beat. Of course the players and coaches need to execute, but I would not start right out of the gate crowning the Patriots or any other team with the combination of talent and experience available on the Steelers sideline.

    Let’s put it this way: three of the last four times the Steelers went to the Super Bowl they did it with teams that were more flawed than the current squad. 1995: Neil O’donnell. 2005: a nervous young Roethlisberger, porous offensive line, horrible punter. 2010: a fading defense.

    For that matter you could go as far back as one more Super Bowl even if it is sacrilege. That 1979 team was a ghost of its predecessors with a defense that could not stop Vince Farragamo.

  • Boots

    The NFLN is only good for game replays and crying until Terrell Davis and Kurt Warner got into the HOF

  • Ken Krampert

    Why don’t we just swap Big Ben for Brady and Tomlin for Belichick and our Fantasy land problems are all solved!!!!!

  • Kevin Schwartz

    We can take Gronk while we’re at it. Maybe J.J. Watt wants to play with his brother?

  • Douglas Andrews

    We got the biggest acquisition this year with MB coming back. We can get past the Patriots if everyone including LB stays healthy.

  • John Pennington

    Get a defensive coordinator first then talk about who they need.

  • Taylor Williams

    Sherman is the best time corner I’ve seen in years.
    He’ll fit better than Peterson.

  • walter

    they look like they smokin esp that guy on the left Wyche

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    There’s no doubt you are on a ticking clock when it comes to Ben’s career. Your point is well received that the opportunity to win it all is dwindling. I don’t know that Sherman or Peterson would be “the difference” for this team. But, if you believe they would be, I’m perfectly fine with taking that shot and mortgaging a few years. You play to win. Not to be competitive.

  • Steve Johnson

    I hope you’re 100% right. Why? I’m sick of watching them bomb to the Patriots year after year. Changing the schemes? Well, you know, it’s about time they decide to change something! Even the great Defenses of the past under LeBeau were no match for Brady and Belicheat. Yes, the Defense was fairly young last year and should be better, to include the pass rush. But the question? The secondary. Ben needs to stop taking chances with the ball and just take what they give him. (Dink N Dunk)

  • Steve Johnson

    Yes, I’m optimistic the youngins will grow up in 2017. I will give Tomlin credit for getting rid of LeBeau’s philosophy that Rookies had to wait two years plus to start. I’m looking forward to seeing what Front Seven does this year, different schemes defensively, if Butler will finally stop being too cautious and go for it.

  • Steve Johnson

    I agree, I think the Steelers Top to Bottom has the talent to compete with the Patriots. The Coaches will have to come up with a better game plan, make adjustments and not be too predictable Defensively and Offensively. The QB has to stop taking risks, stop being a gunslinger, Todd Haley has to be more creative in the Red Zone. You can’t expect to beat N.E. by kicking Field Goals. The good thing though is this, Tomlin and Butler have already admitted the changes they need to make. I’m optimistic and I will tell you why; the Steelers have gotten 1 step closer the previous three years in the playoffs.

  • Steve Johnson

    I can’t agree there, Mike Mitchell is a liability in coverage. Takes bad tackling angles, too often goes for the knockout hit oppose to just tackling the offensive player. One of the biggest problems we’ve seen over the years when they play N.E. orvteams with a great T.E, they have no answer as to defend the middle of the Field.

  • Conserv_58

    LOL! His eyes look like he can be blindfolded with dental floss.

  • Conserv_58

    Speak for yourself.

    The defense, as a whole, does not stink.

    This team went on a nine game win streak in 2016 and the defense played a key role in getting them to the AFCCG. Since the patriots are the current NFL gold standard, it became quite obvious during the AFCCG that the Steelers’ defense wasn’t up to the challenge. Then again, neither was their offense, especially with Bell riding the pine with a groin injury. That game magnified and exposed the fact that with the injuries to key players, having three rookies starting, no pass rush and a DL that was getting stone walled, the Steelers, as a team, were not prepared to do battle with the NFL’s golden boys.

    Hopefully that beat down by the patriots had the desired affect on Mike Tomlin and his coordinators too. What was glaringly evident was they defined the definition of insanity. They did the same things they’ve always done against the patriots and expected different results.

  • Conserv_58

    I am adamantly against this ridiculous mindset that the Steelers should mortgage their future and adopt a ‘win now’ mentality. Obviously, many of you that advocate mortgaging their future are X Geners. You want everything now and therefore are devoid of the same patience that you profess to admire about the Steelers organization. IMO, there are enough examples proving that mortgaging their future is a recipe for disaster, now and especially in the near future.

    Furthermore, bringing in any of the players Dion and Wych suggested do not also bring with them a guarantee of success or that they’ll never get injured. The Steelers can and should win their seventh Lombardi by doing it the way they won their first six Lombardi’s.

  • Conserv_58

    FYI, The subject had nothing to do with their physical attributes or playing abilities.

  • Conserv_58

    Not at all. IMO, Richard Sherman’s cerebral approach to the game is no different or better than Mike Mitchell’s is. They are both cerebral and fierce competitors. The only difference between them is Sherman is more physically talented than Mike is.

  • Conserv_58

    He’s also in his thirties, the age when player’s brains are writing checks their bodies can no longer cash.

  • Conserv_58

    Not. Worth. It. Comes with no guarantees.

  • derp_diggler

    Any. Given. Sunday.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I wouldn’t say that. I say that Mike is just as physically talented (not as tall and lanky) but Sherman is low key a genius.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I didn’t say I would, I said that’s what it would take.

  • Conserv_58

    I despise this notion that changing for the sake of change is somehow the answer to their perceived problems. What that proves is a complete lack of understanding and patience. The core problem with the defense isn’t the scheme as much as it’s the lack of talent in the secondary and at the OLB position. Great players can make mediocre coaches look like the best in the business. Coach LeBeau is a great defensive coach and his record of having league leading defenses proves that. What hurt coach LeBeau in his final seasons with the Steelers was the lack of elite talent in the secondary and at the OLB position.

    Furthermore, coach Butler said in his recent interview that the reason why he chose to install the defensive scheme he did against the patriots was because of the personel he had to work with. He also said that he did run some man coverage, but having a declining Will Gay, a rookie, Artie Burns and a CB, Cockerell that doesn’t excel in man coverage there was no disguising their weaknesses by changing the scheme. It was a case of, garbage in, garbage out.

  • Conserv_58

    Now that’s merely a matter of opinion and I disagree. IMO, Mike is not as physically as talented as Sherman is and Sherman is not cerebrally superior to Mitchell.

  • Conserv_58

    Did I say you would?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Eh, agree to disagree. Sherman will never in his life be able to hit like Mitchell, but Sherman is a smart dude and can affect the game that way!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I guess not. Nm.

  • woodsworld58

    These guys are talking philosophically, and have the right to do so. Deion Sanders, having played in the NFL, would have an especially keen insight to what may work. Richard Sherman is an interesting consideration, but, the Steelers wouldn’t do it, due to cost. The Steelers have never invested in a high pick cornerback, that had any known talent, save for when Rod Woodson fell into their laps.

  • mike

    id trade brown for petterson in a heartbeat…cheaper and better value to this specific roster

  • Ace

    Why would one argue against trying to win now vs the hope of winning later? Afraid of giving up draft picks for a proven guy that would help push them over the top? 4 of the 6 sb’s were won in the crappy 70’s when they had the insane draft of 4 hall of famers. They dominated the league. I’m not old enough to remember the 80’s and 90’s teams, but history shows a lot of crappy records and crappy teams. Then Ben came along and they were relevant again. I see a common denominator of hall of fame caliber players and especially the qb. This team has had 2 SB caliber qb’s and they have one now. History shows if this team doesn’t have the right guy at Qb, they don’t win. Once Ben is gone, this team will stink. I want to see them go all in for these next two years no matter the cost. The 20 teens is trending toward super teams. Look at how it is working in the NBA. Different sport but the concept is the same. Stack your team and go for it now. I’m just saying it’s gonna suck to see them run it back with the same guys, get to the playoffs, and get picked apart by Tom Brady again. There is obviously no guarantees that with Sherman they would win the SB, but at least it would give them a heck of a boost in their most deficient group.

  • deuce_seven

    More of a guarantee than the draft picks give.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Richard Sherman is 29. Just turned 29 in March.

  • Michael James

    The NFL is entirely different now then it was in the 70s or even the 00s. It’s all about maximising the window of your franchise QB now. Without a franchise QB, your chances of winning a Lombardi are very very slim and that’s what will probably happen to the Steelers once Ben is gone (at least for a few years).
    Bill Belichick understands this. He’s been going all in with Revis, Browner & Co. in 2014 – he won the Lombardi, he’s won the SB last year and he’s been going all in again this year. He knows that he has to win now with Brady and that there will be a slump after him.

  • Ace

    Yes and the PS should be operating under the same mind set. There is a notion that the PS can’t sacrifice the future for the now. Trading draft picks away for players, working the cap to fit in players, and trading productive players before their big pay day comes up in order to maximize their value. The Pats do all these things every single year and compete for the Lombardi every single year. They made a dozen moves this year to put them in position again to compete for the SB, and they will!! They understand the window is open only with TB at the helm. Why can’t the PS do the same? Is it just some crusty old guy mantra claiming that’s not the Steelers way? I think it’s time to emulate the Patriots way. It’s a shame we are going to waste Bens career with a GM that sees signing a backup nickel corner as their biggest offseason move. Colbert is a fraidy cat and it’s hurting this teams potential.

  • Thomas

    pfft! why not Von Miller lol?

  • Luis Grove

    Oh Lord, we must be in the dog days of July!!!

  • Kelly A

    Thank you Conserv_58 for being perhaps the only Steelers fan that actually makes sense. I must ask Robert E this to begin, in what galaxy does the defense ‘stink’? When the Steelers were on their 9 game winning streak, I guarantee few if not anyone was complaining about the defense. Then they get beaten by a better team (one whom admittedly they did not scheme for correctly), and all of a sudden this defense ‘stinks’; now this discussion of trading for players whom are supposedly worth an organization mortaging their future, for the next few years in order to win now.

    You are right Conserv_58, there’s a reason why people such as myself is a fan, and will never being a GM for the Steelers. When you think of it, our points of view on the matter is based on our own biased eye, and our perception of what we believe this team needs (ie: Patrick Peterson or Richard Sherman). The delusion here is that we all seem to think that our points of view is justified, and based on facts and actualities; we are all guilty of confirmation bias.

    I’d have to imagine this scenario, suppose if the Steelers decided to mortage their future by giving away future picks and spending a whole bunch of money to ‘win now’ and pick up a Patrick Peterson or Richard Sherman. Let’s say if after all that, they ended up not winning anything after two years, what would they have gained in this case? I can only imagine what this fanbase will say if that were to happen.

    So I completely agree with you, no matter the generation, short-term gain for long-term pain is all the same; especially if that short-term gain is not guaranteed.

  • francesco

    If Brady has a concussion and Edelman is injured and Gronk is suspended and Belicheck is kidnapped and only if these four things happen all at the same time can the Steelers possibly win a game against the Patriots.
    But give me a shutdown corner and I take back everything I said.

  • Ni mo

    What makes you think Bryant won’t get another contract

  • Ace

    I think the odds are stacked against it. If he performs well, he will get a large contract offer from another team that the PS probably won’t match. If he performs poorly the PS can rid themselves of the teams biggest distraction. Not to mention I don’t think they want to tie themselves to any other high paid WR’s while AB costs them so much. Just my guess. At least we have him for Bens 2 year window.

  • Dshoff

    The Broncos supposedly have a great defense, yet they resort to blitzing 6 and sometimes 7 guys at times. Yet we almost never blitz more than 5 guys. You have to rattle Brady. Send 7 guys EARLY and get him thinking. He is MUCH worse when he is pressured, yet we never seem to come close to him.

  • Dshoff

    Yep. I get tired of seeing the Pats sign a top teir CB and WR and I look at the Steelers. Geez. I saw the price of Sherman at 11.5 mill and I thought, really, that sounds doable. Could you imagine a Sherman taking one guy out of each game?

  • Dshoff

    I agree with you. We have a window of 2 years IMO and I would try something big to get #7 for #7. LIke I said, the Pats just signed a top WR and CB in FA. Why can’t we do that?

  • Steve Johnson

    Thank You. But my opinion remains the same; but since you brought it up, the main topic was should the Steelers make a trade for Richard Sherman or Patrick Peterson. Yes, Mitchell has the physical attributes, but he lacks discipline (unnecessary hits) which often leads to penalties. And he is a liability in coverage. The entire Steelers secondary is a liability, that’s why the question to the main topic was should the Steelers make a trade.