3 players the Steelers could wager in offseason trading
By Austin Lloyd
Diontae Johnson, Wide Receiver
Staying on the topic of receiving options, Diontae Johnson is probably the weakest link of the top four Steelers wide receivers, sitting behind a star-studded trio consisting of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, and James Washington. However, being last place when amongst this company is nothing to be ashamed of, and I feel that Johnson has gotten too much hate in the past by the bulk of the Pittsburgh fanbase. Yeah, he’s dropped some passes before, so what? In recent memory, he has been one of the most relied upon targets for Ben Roethlisberger, and he has certainly not disappointed.
But still, being a darn good number-4 receiver does not change that you are in fact a number-4 receiver. And a player of his caliber would be welcomed with open arms at a team with noticeably less target depth, such as Houston. Pitch the bundle of Johnson, with McDonald, and maybe a 4th round pick as well, all for Deshaun Watson? Perhaps?
Regardless of that particular idea’s stupidity, it still paints the picture of Diontae not being worth too much by himself. He would need a little bit more tossed in with him to reach the potential of a trade worthy of blockbuster status. But if he ends up on the trading market and catches no one’s eye, that is fine by me. The more help for an aging passing quarterback like Big Ben, the better.