4 Steelers that could be traded away in the 2022 offseason
By Andrew Falce
With the Steelers set to rebuild in 2022, these four players could be used as trade bait to aid in getting draft capital.
The Steelers will begin their long-anticipated rebuild in the 2022 offseason. The roster will once again be hit by free agents and the team doesn’t have elite draft capital. Because of this, the team may look to flip some of their current players that don’t fit into their long-term plans.
Here are four Steelers players that the team could trade in the offseason.
Steelers could trade Banner
One of the most disappointing players from the 2021 season has been Zach Banner. Signed in the offseason with the hope that he would start, he struggled with injury early in the season and was too late to crack the starting lineup. Now, he enters the 2022 offseason with a sizable 6.625-million-dollar cap hit. 5 million of that can be saved if he was cut or traded this offseason.
Considering he has struggled to carve out a starting role with a below-average unit, one has to wonder if he is a part of the team’s long-term plans. If he isn’t linemen hold a lot of value in the league. Banner would likely fetch a fifth or sixth-round pick on the market and he would still save the team 5 million off their cap.
That all said, the Steelers may still envision Banner as their right tackle of the future. They felt confident enough that he would be worth such a deal last season, and they may still hold that to be true in 2022. If they decide to part ways though, he should have some talent on the open market. It wouldn’t be for much, but if the team plans on parting ways with Banner, they should get a small bit of draft compensation in return.