3 Steelers players who could be traded before the season starts

  • Could the Steelers end an experiment on the defensive line?
  • Veterans sliding on the depth chart could make them expendable
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Steelers could trade OG Kevin Dotson

Let's be honest: there aren't many players Mike Tomlin would be comfortable trading away prior to the start of the 2023 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers fell short of the playoffs last year, and Tomlin wants to do everything in his power to make sure that this team is as successful as possible this year. However, one name that makes more sense to trade away than any other is Kevin Dotson.

The Steelers loaded up on interior offensive line talent over the past two offseasons, signing players like James Daniels and Mason Cole in 2022 followed by Isaac Seumalo and Nate Herbig in 2023. Common sense tells us that Dotson is falling out of favor with this team, and he's unlikely to even have a spot as the first guard off the bench thanks to how much this team paid Herbig this offseason.

This means that Dotson could be buried on the Steelers depth chart with no chance of seeing the field on offense unless multiple injuries occur. Instead of letting a former starting guard and fourth-round draft pick rot on the sidelines, they could look to swap him for a late-round pick.

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Dotson is entering a contract year, but his prototype size and length with ample starting experience should be enough for a team to take a chance on him in exchange for a late-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. This is a trade I wouldn't be surprised to see happen before the start of the season.