8 most disappointing trades in Pittsburgh Steelers history
By Tommy Jaggi
Steelers trade up in the 4th round for a punter
When the Steelers were in need of a punter back in 2007, they elected to go all out. Unfortunately, this move didn’t really pan out for them. In an effort to get who they believed at the time was the best punter in the NFL, Pittsburgh packaged two picks ( their fourth and sixth-rounders) and traded with the Green Bay Packers to move up high into the fourth round and draft Daniel Sepulveda.
You probably remember that Sepulveda was a remarkable athlete at the punter position. On occasion, he would be the first man down the field on special teams making the tackle. I even remember a time when the crowd erupted after Sepulveda lit up the return man.
However, a few big hits as a punter will only get you so far, and Sepulveda was average at best in terms of his efficiency. Though he cost Pittsburgh two picks in a trade-up to land him, he played just three-and-a-half years for the Steelers and never earned a punting job for another squad after he left.
There are many other disappointing trades that weren’t quite on this level, but these eight were clearly among the biggest letdowns in the history of the franchise. At least we can take comfort in knowing that the Steelers typically get the better end of the trade — just not in these instances.