3 trade candidates Steelers could ship away before the NFL trade deadline

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RB Benny Snell

When Benny Snell was drafted in 2019, fans and experts were calling this a good pick. Snell ran wild during his college days and the Steelers were trying to fix their running game with a player that had 1,000+ rushing yard performances in each of his three college seasons.

With the addition of Najee Harris, Snell has seen action on the offensive side of the ball just 15 times and has carried the ball 3 times for 1 yard. The idea of Snell being traded to the Rams after running back Cam Akers suffered a season-ending injury was brought up by some fans, but as you can see nothing happened and they settled on Sony Michel.

Snell did touch the ball over 100 times in 2019 and 2020 but saw more time on the offense in 2020. There are teams out there that could use a power back like him or even a special teamer. Benny is an excellent special teams player, which is most likely the reason the Steelers did not entertain the idea of letting him go.

There isn’t any room on this new offense for Benny Snell, Anthony Mcfarland is RB2 and will be the change-of-pace back once he returns from injury and Najee Harris already does what Benny Snell does. Trey Edmunds would then fill Benny’s role on the team and would be cheaper, as he too plays special teams when on the active roster.

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I don’t think Snell will be traded unless the Steelers get a high offer for him, which is unlikely. As I mentioned before he is a good player on special teams who is often near the end of the play and the coaches are always looking for ways to improve special teams. But there is always a chance he does get traded and if he does the team has Trey Edmunds who is pretty much built like Benny Snell, just taller.