5 receivers Steelers should sign if Washington is traded
By Andrew Falce
Steelers should sign Tate
The name that makes the most sense assuming Washington gets traded is Golden Tate. The former second-round pick is in decline like Fitzgerald is, but he is still a far more effective receiver. Once again, adding him means giving this group a veteran to look up to, and what he offers on the offense would further add to his value for the team.
Tate had a relatively quiet year with the Giants in the 12 games he played last year. That, along with his age, has kept him on the free-agent market for an extended amount of time. Mike Tomlin has complimented Tate in the past though, so if a hole on the roster was there, Tate would make sense to fill it. He can still run sharp routes, has good hands, and has far more athleticism than a name like Fitzgerald has at this point.
The two issues with Tate are this: he is slot limited and his contract may require more than the minimum. In terms of being a slot-only type of receiver, this isn’t the end of the world as he is a backup and can still give the team some flexibility with their other receivers. As for the price, if the team gave him a voidable year deal, they could keep his first-year cap hit low. If the Steelers move on from Washington, Tate should be the first name that the team calls and offers a deal to.
While it is still unknown if the team will ultimately trade Washington or not, it wouldn’t be a surprise given his diminished role with the Steelers. Assuming he is moved, any of these five veterans would make sense to replace him and help keep this receiving group deep.