4 Steelers that need a change of scenery in 2022 offseason
By Andrew Falce
Steelers James Washington
While Ebron has watched as his role with the team shrank, James Washington has been forced to sit back in an injured receiving room and still struggle to earn playing time. It is maddening that the Steelers are so content to not give Washington a lot of playing time and instead let Ray-Ray McCloud see the field before him. Washington deserves better, and it is clear that he will need to prove himself on a new team.
Despite being a more than capable starter, the team opts to keep Washington on the sideline for usually around half the offensive snaps. This led to his name being heavily mentioned in trade talks before the deadline, but ultimately nothing materialized. The team is hurting his value by keeping him benched and come next offseason, Washington should finally have a chance to prove himself on a team that actually wants to get him involved.
I recently wrote about how Washington may just end up becoming the new Emmanuel Sanders: a receiver that is never utilized to his best with the Steelers and goes on to have a better career elsewhere. While Sanders is a cut ahead of Washington, it won’t be surprising to see him regularly do well on a new team. With the Steelers refusing to use him, a new organization and chance are exactly what Washington needs.