4 Steelers that could be traded away in the 2022 offseason

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) . Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) . Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports /
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Wide receiver Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Steelers could trade Claypool

This is a tricky one, as Chase Claypool has all of the tools to be an elite receiver in this league, but he has struggled with inconsistencies on the field and a lot of immaturity both on and off the field. Even if he develops and rebounds as a player, his attitude may end up keeping him off the roster long-term. If he can’t develop into more of a professional off the field, the team would be wise to trade him this offseason while he still has some value.

Claypool exploded onto the field as a rookie in 2020, as he was a threat all over the field. More importantly, he was a red zone nightmare as he consistently found ways to get into the endzone. The same can’t be said for 2021, as his hands have been inconsistent, and he seems to disappear at times on offense. His immaturities are well documented, as he has done some frustrating things on the field even when down on the scoreboard.

If the Steelers don’t believe Claypool is a part of their long-term plans on offense, trading him this offseason makes the most sense. He still has two years on his deal, and he produced enough to not be seen as a conventional bust from the draft. The least the team should consider for him is a fourth, and I believe the right team would offer a third for Claypool. Again, if the team isn’t planning on keeping him long-term, he has the most value in a trade this offseason.

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While I’m not saying any of these players have to be traded, if the Steelers are set to rebuild and don’t view these players as long-term options, they can and should be dealt. The team is lacking draft capital this offseason, so trading some players that aren’t projected to be here in a year or two makes sense. These four players are the most likely ones to be traded if the Steelers decide to rebuild in 2022.