The Pittsburgh Steelers lost in Oakland on Sunday and now find themselves three games out of the AFC North division lead, looking up at a streaking Cincinnati Bengals team. The Steelers are struggling on offense, scoring 27 points just once this season. In five games, they have failed to score even 20 points. With the playoffs slipping away, and the NFL Trade Deadline looming, the Pittsburgh Steelers should trade WR Emmanuel Sanders.
Sanders was singed to a one-year deal this offseason worth $2.5 million dollars. A team would be on the hook for a very reasonable $1.25 million for the remainder of the season. Last season, Sanders recorded 44 receptions for 626 yards and a score. To this point in 2013, Sanders has 31 receptions for 396 yards and two touchdowns.
In reality, a trip to the playoffs looks unreasonable this season. The offense is struggling and the historic solid defense has shown chinks in the armor. It was until week six of the regular season before the typically opportunistic Steelers defense even recorded a turnover.
The Steelers could use an addition draft choice next season. This team needs a rebuilding and Sanders is going to be a free agent next year. If the Steelers were to shop Sanders, he would likely draw interest for the right price.
The New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions might be possible landing spots for Sanders. The Patriots could use another veteran in their line up while the Lions are in need of a number two receiver opposite Calvin Johnson after losing Nate Burleson to a broken arm and now Ryan Broyles to a ruptured Achilles yesterday.
The Steelers need to make some wholesale changes this offseason, starting with the firing of offensive coordinator Todd Haley. They need to re-tool their roster moving forward. Sanders likely will leave via free agency next year, why not get something in exchange for him right now?