Steelers Stand Pat At Trade Deadline

Bit of expected house-keeping for you as we roll into the bye week. The Pittsburgh Steelers did not make any moves at today’s 4 PM trade deadline. That was wholly expected with the only rumors surrounding Martavis Bryant. Ian Rapoport reported teams called to inquire about Bryant but the Steelers shot them all down.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler just reported the Buffalo Bills were one team to phone in. They wound up acquiring Kelvin Benjamin.

Pittsburgh made their moves before the season started. Trading for Vance McDonald. Signing Joe Haden. And shipping Ross Cockrell and Sammie Coates out of town, both guys who have done little in their new homes.

There wasn’t anyone obvious to deal away. Guys like Arthur Moats and Coty Sensabaugh had no value and there wasn’t enough of a glaring need at any position to justify parting ways with another draft pick.

But it was a busy trade deadline 48 hours. Duane Brown went from Houston to Seattle, Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco, the aforementioned Benjamin to Buffalo bombshell, and Jay Ajayi heading to Philadelphia. The rest of the AFC North did not make any moves though given the standings, it really doesn’t matter what they all do.

Let us know if you think the Steelers should’ve made any moves and your reaction to an unusually active trade season in the NFL.

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  • Steve Johnson

    I wonder what the Bills offered for M.B? If it was a 3rd Rd Draft Pick, yes, I think they should have made the trade.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    A wise man once said, “You play to win the game.” Or in the Steelers case, “You play to win the Super Bowl.”

    Martavis Bryant helps our odds of winning the Super Bowl this year. If we go 3 WR’s, with Antonio on the left side and Martavis + JuJu on the right side, the opponent MUST leave a safety over the top on the right side. That leaves Antonio 1-on-1. And/or prevents them stacking the box on LeVeon.

    Heaven forbid JuJu gets hurt. We NEED Martavis this year. If we win the Super Bowl this February, THEN we can talk about trading him. Until then, we play to win now.

  • The Chin

    Glad

  • Mr. Goodkat

    On paper this is 100% spot on. The only issue is if MB plays his part and keeps the BS to a minimum the rest of the year.

    He does us no good benched/suspended and he can’t be a cancer to the team chemistry.

    The DET game was a big opportunity for Hunter to step up and show he could fill that role the rest of the way. Had he played better I wonder if they would have dealt MB today. Was he in on DHBs drop? I wonder why they even had DHB in on that play. Not a great throw, but hard not to wonder if Hunter hauls that in.

  • pittfan

    Bills still play NE twice this year. Anything that helps them hang a L on them is good with me.

  • Chad Weiss

    Glad it’s over. The drama was to much. Now let’s go martavis all we need you to do is take the top off defenses and be a productive#3. Anything extra like learning how to fight for the ball,be a better route runner,and staying off Twitter would be a bonus

  • Mr. Goodkat

    I’m probably with you, but only if they were confident Hunter can provide the same deep threat to free up JuJu and AB. Based on what we’d seen so far, I doubted that was the case.

    Even as a decoy, MB provides value to this offense. If he “allows” them to keep playing him (and he, ya know, tries) our offense is better with him.

  • Dan

    I wonder what they were offered. Evidently it wasn’t enough to bother with.

  • francesco

    Smart not to trade MB.
    Steelers need to figure out what to do with Bell after the season.

  • Steeldog22

    Let’s assume he gets back to where he was and he leaves for a pretty decent contract for someone else at the end of next year. Might that not get us a 3rd in a FA comp pick anyhow? I don’t know.

  • Steeldog22

    Baby mama be mad.

  • RW

    pay the man.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Poor Browns :’-(

    According to reports, they thought they had a trade complete with Cincinnati for a QB. AJ McCarron. They literally began to celebrate within the break/war room in The Factory of Sadness. Cincy had said yes. Done deal. Just one problem…. while they were cutting the cake and pouring the drinks, it turns out someone forgot to notify the league office. They called a minute after. The NFL told them the window was closed. The Browns executives were gobsmacked. They pleaded, and Roger Goodell told them “No.”

    Sorry. You are not the Patriots, so we’ll make no concessions. I hear people started crying. Just another day in Cleveland. The Halloween horror story that lasts 365 days a year. And sometimes 366….

  • WilliamSekinger

    Careful what you wish for. If they are good enough to hang a L on the Pats, then they are a team that will probably make the playoffs and be a hard out for whoever has to play them.

  • Rick McClelland

    Hey, they could have offered the Steelers one of those multiple first round picks they are sitting on for the greatest miner of all time (“Mines”), the pot smoking MB. Another opportunity lost to get a Brown. Whenever I think of Brown, I think of the bathroom first thing in the morning. LOL

  • Rick McClelland

    Now that the NE QB situation is more settled, here’s hoping that Brady breaks a leg in the next game.

  • Doug Andrews

    Jay Ajayi traded already? Thought he was the next RB sensation in Miami

  • jlingo

    They been playing MB in the x wr spot. When they go 4 wide he is the receiver away from the bunch. Would like to see MB in that bunch with AB and JuJu. Put Hunter or Rogers at the x and run them deep 10 times a game. This offense is built to throw to the slot and the z (AB). This is on the OC to put players in the best spot to be productive. Haley hasn’t done so yet.

  • Nolrog

    They tried to pay him this year, he said no.

  • francesco

    Someone in the executive HR dept. had perhaps one too many drinks!

  • pittfan

    ALL I careful about right now is getting the #1 seed and not going to clam chowderville in January

  • pittfan

    Ouch. I wanna put an L on him

  • pittfan

    Lmao! When it rains, it pours!

  • Bruce

    I’m glad they didn’t make any trades, MB is cheap and if you bring in somebody then they have to cut someone. They already have to cut someone within 3 weeks!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Even deep in the Factory, the roof leaks and the Brownies get soiled.

  • pittfan

    They should trade in their helmets for paper sacks

  • Michael Mosgrove

    obvious that was the case.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i hope brady’s leg looks like an l after that game.

  • That is irrelevant. Just like the Browns play us tough. The Bills, Jets and Dolphins have played NE into close hard fought games. They all have been NE over the years as well.

  • steelmann58

    I don’t think the steeler should have moved him now and wait till the draft

  • J.

    Id rather beat the pats with Brady on the field. Secondly its in poor taste to wish an injury on another player.

  • heath miller

    thats a terrible thing to say … show you have no class.. absolute gutter thought …. (but i couldnt agree with you more … shoooooo dont tell anyone) …. high 5 .. HEATHHHH

  • heath miller

    id rather beat the pats with brady playing too .. love to see that douche lose.. but it wont happen … if brady plays we lose.. he will pick out D for 400-500 yards ..

  • heath miller

    possibly .. depends on how he plays

  • Darth Blount 47

    And don’t cut eye-holes in them.

  • Bryan Ischo

    I would so much rather lose to the Bills than the Patriots. If the Bills won the superbowl, I’d be happy. If the Patriots win again … well, maybe I’ll stop watching football. It’s not worth it.

  • Rick McClelland

    Enough of the politically correct crap. We all root that something happens to that opposing QB. Don’t think for one second that I didn’t get a little smile on my face when Aaron Rogers went down. Still remember that Super Bowl loss. ☺

  • Brenton deed

    The only MB trade that makes sense is part of a deal to trade up in the first round next year for a crack at a “franchise possible” QB.

  • Brenton deed

    If Ben retires at the end if the season and they don’t get a top rated rookie QB to nurse, then let Bell go if he still wants $17M/yr.
    If you get a high rated QB then franchise Bell one more year so the rookie has a running game to lean on.
    If Ben stays keep Bell for a shot at number 7 or 8.

  • francesco

    Ok but about this scenario…
    There is no way the team will pay a LBell 15-17M a year. Trading him at end of year can get you a 1st and a 3rd rounder. You get LBell’s replacement in the draft plus a good rookie QB. This sets you up for the next 5 years.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Different question: would you trade Bryant for Benjamin??

    Different attributes. Feels like Benjamin is closer to Juju, whereas Bryant stretches the field with speed.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    If the Steelers win the Super Bowl, Bryant likely worked out just fine.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    That’s too bad. I can say with assurance that I do not wish injury on other players. That would put me in the Burfict and Pac-Man camp, which I do not wish to be.

    Much better feeling to beat the best at full strength. Then no one can say what if, and the trophy means what it says – Champs.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Have a feeling it’s not over..

  • Brenton deed

    Sure … if they get the 1st and 3rd. Whoever is on the other side of that trade has to be ready to fork out big money and those picks.
    Why not keep the pick and wait for the steelers to let him go?
    I guess the NFL history is full of one sided trades. The one that springs to mind is the one that made the Cowboys’ dynasty of the nineties.. Herschel Walker??? Can’t be bothered looking it up now…

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Yes Hunter has been disappointing.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    “If Brady plays we lose”.
    This guy is a flesh and blood man, not the demigod TB12.
    He CAN and WILL be beaten.
    But it requires us to play our best – and to be healthy.
    Remember it was 17-9 in the mid 3rd quarter last year. BUT we had no Bell after like the first quarter. We had AB and a bunch of journeyman wideouts. We were playing in Foxboro, not in the burgh. I STILL believe if Bell plays the entire game we could win or at a bare minimum make it a much better game.
    The J E T S and more recently the Chefs have beaten him multiple times so we need to learn from what they did.
    I want to see pretty boys face when we show him the door this year and shove him into retirement without a sixth ring!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    U r CORRECT sir! Herschel for like 8 draft picks

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Browns fans truly have my admiration brother!!
    AND my sympathy!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Haha!!! What can Brown do for YOU?!! 😎

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Methinks MIA suddenly realized they are further away than they thought 8 weeks ago!!!

  • heath miller

    have u seen our record against him?

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I didn’t have to see it, I have FELT it!! 😑
    My point is that I want us to beat him straight up before he retires,
    SO NO PATS FAN CAN EVER SAY WE COULDN’T BEAT HIM. Sorry for all caps, not intended as shouting.

    The bottom line is that I don’t ever want anybody to put an asterisk on our next SB victory because Brady wasn’t playing.

    You know – like the asterisks that are ALL OVER at least half of NE’s SB trophies (Spygate, etc)!!!!

  • J.

    Actually no not everyone roots for something to happen to the opposing QB.

  • heath miller

    no one looks at the asterisks.. asterisks are put on by the losers… give me the damn lombardi…. id rather play them with brady hurt and win the lombardi than brady healthy and we finish second again .. sure its great if we can beat them at their best .. but .. WE DON’T .. so lets beat them with a hurt brady and get the lombardi and they can stick an asterisks wherever they want to stick it ..HEATHHHHHHHH

  • Rick McClelland

    Really? Your online handle at the Depot is J. and I’m suppose to think your opinion matters? NOT. Get a name already for the Depot. J. is not a name.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I very strongly and respectfully disagree. ANYONE that I talk to about the Pats success almost universally mentions the underhanded methods of the Pats/Hoodie as an organization. That is the essence of the ‘asterisks’.
    I am not talking about the media or the NFL Films version of the SB Champs seasons – those are always sugar-coated.
    I’m talking about US – you and me and all the other fans out there who will always remember that s**t.

  • heath miller

    only the sore losers remember it .. just the way ..sore losers use is for an excuse…. winners look for a way to beat them next time …

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Or as a valid reason to vilify an unworthy ‘champion’.

  • heath miller

    as i said sore losers..

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Call it what you will. Personally I don’t feel like a loser – just sore!!

  • heath miller

    lol ok my friend we will settle on just sore ..

  • Steve Johnson

    Hunter has been a huge disappointment. Most analysts seem to think the Steelers will draft two WR’s next April. I think they will too, then try and trade M.B. afterwards.