Steelers Trade For Redskins CB Dashaun Phillips

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The Pittsburgh Steelers made a trade Wednesday night as they acquired cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the Washington Redskins in exchange for center Lucas Crowley.

Phillips, who played his college football at Tarleton State, entered the NFL originally in 2014 with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent. He has since been with the New York Jets and Redskins.

He finished his college career with 175 career tackles, 12 interceptions and three forced fumbles. Last season, Phillips played in five games for the Redskins, starting two. He had seven tackles as nickel defender to go along with a fumble recovery.

At his 2014 pro day, Phillips measured in at 5-11, 182-pounds. He reportedly ran his 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and had a 39-inch vertical jump. He had an amazing short shuttle time of 3.97-seconds.

The Steelers trading for Phillips reminds you of them dealing for cornerback Brandon Boykin a few years ago. That deal, however, happened right after the Steelers started training camp in 2015. Boykin, however, didn’t start seeing regular action on defense until much, much later in the season.

Phillips is scheduled to earn $615,000 in 2017, the final year of his current contract.

As for Crowley, the Steelers had signed him just a few weeks ago after losing center Mike Matthews to an injury.

The deal for Phillips now gives the Steelers two weeks to look at him. I think this deal was made due to there no longer being a cut-down to 75 players. In short, the Steelers want to look at as many cornerbacks as they can during the last few weeks to potentially see if any are worthy of the practice squad. Don’t forget that Greg Ducre needed to be waived earlier in the day and Antonio Crawford was signed off the street. Crawford obviously won’t be around long and Phillips might not be either.

  • Todd Johnson

    Wow

  • TroymanianDevil

    I know this is the earth-shattering trade we’ve all been waiting for

  • WreckIess

    Who?

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    How tall is he?!

  • WreckIess

    If we were going to trade with the Redskins, we should’ve seen what they wanted for Niles Paul.

  • Matt Manzo

    And Sua!

  • Matt Manzo

    Does this mean anything? Or just adding guys for the last few games?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Well… as long as we didn’t have to give up a 5th round pick, I say… welcome aboard! Looks like now we may be keeping 8 CB’s. Time to change those projections again.

  • dany

    Neither will make either team

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Can he play!?!
    I SAID, CAN HE PLAY!?!!!
    No forrealz, Can he play?!?

  • falconsaftey43

    Interesting move. Obviously we gave up nothing for him, but why bring another low level guy in now? Burns Cockrel Sutton gay Sensabaugh would all seem to be locks.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Article said 5’11”.

  • DSG

    Hmmm. Is there a chance cockrell gets cut??? On a related note, does anyone have info on how/if sutton was a full participant at practice?

  • Steelers12

    Have u read about cockrell in camp. Have u seen him in preseason

  • falconsaftey43

    Yeah, but hard to see them cutting him. He was starter last year and played well. That means a lot more than a few series in preseason.

  • DSG

    Assuming this is a man press dude not zone?

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    He has the measurables to play press. 4.48/39″/3.97 aren’t too shabby. Is Ross on the way to the pine?

  • Lambert58

    I think Ross just got a memo.

  • Chris92021

    Well, this is a win for both teams. One, Crowley wasn’t going to make the active roster (barring injuries of course) but he will have a better shot at being the backup center in Washington (which he wasn’t going to be in Pittsburgh with both Finney and Hubbard on board). We need all the healthy bodies we can get at CB and Phillips is worth a flier. So essentially both teams traded lottery tickets to each other and hope they got something out of it. Not exactly the Herschel Walker Trade but good for both teams.

  • JT

    Woah. I love it, only because player-for-player trades are much rarer in the NFL. Incredible that we traded our 3rd string center.

  • Chris92021

    I think Sensabaugh playing with the 1s during practice for the dress rehearsal preseason game was memo enough for Cockrell.

  • JT

    I heard Mike Hilton could also player Center.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I wouldn’t doubt it. The guy is an Iron Man in the making.

  • Dorian James

    At least they didn’t give up a draft pick this time

  • falconsaftey43

    Also, not likely they just aquired a starting CB by trading their 3rd string UDFA C.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Pretty inconsequential if you ask me.

  • H.K. northern cali

    CB in the 1st or 2nd rd next draft??

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Heard he works the concession stand at halftime!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Both. No seriously trade up!

  • J.

    Because our last two last minute CB trades have worked out so well.

  • SteelersDepot

    Dont go changing your 53 just yet. Really going to be tough for DS to make final 53. Might be good PS candidate.

  • Michael Conrad

    He is. I have no idea why he is coming in. Unless Sutton is going IR. Did Sutton practice today.

  • Steve Johnson

    8 CB’s? Naw, I think maybe 7.

  • Rusted Out

    Yea, let’s not get our hopes up. This guy has contributed virtually zero the the Skins for the last two seasons. I’m always happy when the Steelers are proactive in area where they are deficient though.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Lol the comments are so funny. We lost Ducre and need someone to take his spot. I very seriously doubt if this means anything for Cockrell who is making this team whether us fans like it or not.

  • JohnnyFootball

    Burns, Gay and ???? Whoa boy. Cockrell has sucked and if this isn’t a warning sign I don’t know what is. They clearly are concerned about the secondary. Again.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Seems like trading a used jockstrap for a used pair of socks.

  • James Rogers

    Perhaps they should have used their 2nd round pick on a CB, instead of JuJu. JuJu will probably be good, but the need was at CB.

  • Uncle Rico.

    So, we’re doing this again? Getting to be a yearly ritual. Boykin, Gilbert, now Phillips. Least this time was player for player, and someone who was gonna be cut anyways. Still, if pattern holds, can’t wait to see his 4 dime snaps around week 17.

  • Rusted Out

    Why wouldn’t they be concerned about the secondary. It’s been the absolute weakest spot on the team for years. At least they are paying attention and being proactive.

  • AndyR34

    Pretty silly to my little pea-picking brain.

  • Rocksolid20

    Debo .

  • Rocksolid20

    What can we get for Golson ?

  • Michael Mosgrove

    obi melifonwu.. cough cough. big strong fast safety.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    him and $2 gets you a a candybar.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    neither. qb, and safety are weaker positions.

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    I don’t know, I think we need another starting level CB. Cockrell should be a solid depth player for us, not a meh starter. Maybe I like Jordan Dangerfield too much.

  • Lambert58

    Whatever it takes to light a fire under his butt.

  • #beatthepats

    Maybe Mike Mitchell wont be ready for the regular season, Gay getting reps at saftey being reported, opens it up for more corners?

  • Steelers12

    I never said he was gonna get cut. I think this will help light a fire under him and ensure depth in case of another injury. I also read he can play some safety

  • Corey

    They should trade trade for a TE that has 5th/6th round value. Need to replace Grimble.

  • steelerbum

    The front office had ALL off-season to address this need. The patriots exposed the steelers for what they are and Colbert stood pat adding virtually NOBODY. Do you honestly think any team worth a damn won’t copy the patriots playbook when they face the steelers this year? Tomlin/Colbert must be high to think using more cover 2 is the solution…it takes talent in the def. backfield, which the steelers have severely lacked for quite some time

  • steelerbum

    Mike Mitchell is too slow to play FS in the nfl and is wayyyy over-paid. sutton/golson/gay/sensabaugh/hilton are all non-factors. Allen is wishful thinking and cockrell does just enough not to sit. Without burns and sean davis, the steelers would have THE worst def. backfield in the league.
    Need I remind everyone brady and co. torched the steelers w/o their most effective weapon…gronk. To add another NOBODY to the mix at this point is a slap in the face.
    Thanks colbert, thanks alot…

  • Jason

    I would say let the overreactions begin but I’d be a bit late on that.

  • steelerbum

    Did I say anything that was not true?

    I would say let the trolling begin, but i would be late on that too…

  • falconsaftey43

    So who is he replacing on the roster? I don’t see a spot. Just seems weird to trade for a guy to practice for 2 weeks then cut. Why not just sign a guy off the street. Is bringing a guy in that won’t make the team really going to motivate cockrell anyway?

  • Jason

    Did i reply directly to your post? The fact is many are overreacting to a very insignificant signing. Dont know what your take was but i assume by your defensive response you were one of them.

  • Nolrog

    Highly unlikely.

  • Nolrog

    Agree with all your logic, though I wouldn’t call either a win. I’d call it a no-lose.

  • Nolrog

    Only if that candybar is $2 or less.

  • francesco

    Just as the players need practice time Colbert needed to practice as well.

  • Nolrog

    Right now, going into the season, I’d say the top 3 needs are CB, TE, RB. We’ll see how that changes between now and the end of the season though.

  • Jason

    I’ll actually give u the benefit of the doubt after seeing you’re brand new to the site. I actually found your original comment to some extent.

  • steelerbum

    First of all it was a TRADE, not a signing. Secondly, my post was directly before your comment making it plausible to assume that you were directing it towards me.
    Please tell me how to react next time oh mighty troll…

  • afrazier9

    I live in DC and I think this was to change the D to more man that is all the Redskins play so maybe this is a change of philosophy for the d. I think it is time to shake it up a bit to see what falls from the tree

  • Conserv_58

    Meh. I don’t know what signing these guys means other than they’re competition. We’ll see what the Steelers think once cut down day comes.

  • SilverSteel

    I love it. MT shaking things up a bit. Bout freakin time! 👌👌

  • SilverSteel

    I think this is gonna be Danger’s breakout year. He put in his time. Nut up or shut up!

  • Darth Blount 47

    I was being cheeky. Heck, 7 is an awful lot to carry. Though we seem to just want to throw things at the wall at this point. We’ve brought in 2 CB’s in just the last few days. Maybe we should have actually made CB even MORE of a priority in the draft like most of us armchair GM’s were hoping for.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    I’d of taken Obi for sure. Personally, I wanted Awuzie. Either way, we missed an opportunity. And drafting Juju over a DB still isn’t as egregious an error as taking Dobbs over Jake Butt and George Kittle. I’m really hoping the failure to address need areas doesn’t come back to bite us in the rear late in the season.

  • razaard2

    Weird cause Phillips started games last season, meanwhile Crowley was literally picked off the streets a couple weeks ago. I didn’t even know he was a steeler.
    Lopsided trade in favor of the Steelers? How desperate are the redskins for a center? Lol

  • Denny

    Bell wants to be paid for playing multiple positions so maybe he is the answer to our CB woes. Just the kind of suggestion that the Steelers reporters love in their chat sessions.

  • Denny

    Dave suggested that it gives them 2 weeks to see if they want him on the PS. Had already determined that Crowley would not be on their PS.

  • Mrs Bighead

    Word is that Phillips was a disaster for Washington last year

  • Denny

    Unfortunately both Obi and Awuzie (and all other 2nd round graded DBs) were gone when it was our turn to pick in round 2.

  • razaard2

    He must have been. They are trading him for a guy we picked 2 weeks ago.
    But Cockrell and sensabaugh didn’t exactly get much love on their past teams, but now are fighting for our starter spot. And Cockrell was the best CB we sported last season. We never know until they wear black and gold

  • hdogg48

    They could have traded the extra 3rd rounder and
    swapped their second and got him.

    Also I think they blew it on getting Watt in the first
    round, when Miles Cunningham from Vannerbilt
    lasted until the second.

    He is the ILB cover guy that we need over the
    Middle. I like Vince Williams as a backup
    but he is not the answer as Timmons replacement.

    Timmons was let go because he couldn’t cover
    anymore. The Middle of the field will continue
    to be our Achilles heel.

    Our D has become a s hit sandwich….good up
    front, good in the back…but big time stinky in the middle.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    As I said a couple days ago, I’m a huge danger supporter but he still needs to take steps forward. They will draft a safety high. Mike Mitchell will not finish out his contract.

  • Dorian James

    With just 2 padded practices in 3 seasons? Maybe a 6 pack of Iron City Beer

  • Kenneth Wilt

    This trade somewhat boggles my mind. Odd timing to add a fringe player. I can’t help but wonder if this has something to do with Sutton’s injury. Maybe worse than we know?

  • Aj Gentile

    I’d take it!

  • Steelers12

    Time will tell. Maybe he got certain traits they like

  • Jason

    Well moron there’s a “reply” icon people here click on when they want to respond to punks like you directly. My post was just in response to the majority of the comments. It wasn’t intended as personal and evidently nobody but you took it that way. I rarely resort to petty name calling behind a keyboard but you are clearly the type of goofball that likes to “troll” as you say. As I stated above I was surprised to see your post since I actually agreed with much of it since I doubt we’d agree on much else.