James Washington has reportedly approached the Pittsburgh Steelers about a trade. Should the organization start offering entertaining offers?
Less than a full day after the Steelers vs Cowboys Hall of Fame game, James Washington officially requested to be traded, ESPN’s Adam Schefter Reports. This trade demand caught me off guard, but I can’t say I don’t understand why Washington wants out.
Let me start by saying how I feel for James Washington. I really do. The former 2018 second-round pick was supposed to have a much bigger role on this team. But in consecutive years, the Steelers have spent hefty draft capital on Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool – making Washington an afterthought.
Due to his drastic drop in playing time since the 2019 season, his production fell sharply last year. For a young wide receiver who will be looking for a contract after the 2021 season, I fully understand why he wants to come out. Getting on the bench this season is not going to do his bank account a favor.
With a number of young options to turn to in the passing game and with this news already being made public, should the Steelers agree to grant Washington a trade?
Should the Steelers trade James Washington?
The Steelers have done Washington’s career a disservice. The former Oklahoma State star was one of the most productive receivers in Big 12 history, and some thought it should have been a first-round pick. Although Washington is only medium in height and athleticism, he is still very good at curling the ball in traffic and following it through the air.
For a team looking for a great number three receiver, Washington could be worth the asking price. Unfortunately for the Steelers, because he’s in contract year, Pittsburgh could probably only ask for a 6th round pick in exchange for a year of hiring Washington.
Is a late draft pick worth treating arguably the best WR4 in the NFL right now? Of course not, but it may be deeper than it appears on the surface. NFL teams are working closely with agents, and in order to maintain a healthy relationship with them, the Steelers may agree to give Washington representatives the option of moving him elsewhere.
In addition, James Washington is a top player who has been very patient with this team despite limited opportunities. Pittsburgh could make a career out of trading him and allowing Washington to earn a bigger salary in 2022.
At the end of the day, I’m personally not a fan of commercial-grade, top-tier soccer players when my team is trying to win a Super Bowl, but the Steelers were asking for trouble when they buried their second-round pick. on the depth map. Pittsburgh has a chance to raise the bar by allowing James Washington to seek a trade.