The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team that is not known for making headlines in the offseason. That is particularly true when it comes to the trade market.
Salary-cap issues aside, acquiring talent in the NFL typically requires a team to part ways with its valuable draft picks. That is not an asset that a general manager—including the Steelers' Kevin Colbert—will necessarily want to give up with an upcoming draft deep with talent.
Instead, Colbert should explore the option of trading veterans whom he plans on releasing. Rather than lose them for nothing, he can at least add a late-round draft choice. It has not been a common practice for the Steelers, but it has been something they have done in recent memory.
In 2010, the Steelers shipped Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a fifth-round draft pick. They would eventually trade that selection to the Arizona Cardinals for Bryant McFadden and a sixth-round choice, which turned out to be Antonio Brown.
At the time the trade may not have seemed like much, but over time it proved to be a tremendous move for the Steelers. Can—or should—Colbert work this type of magic again?
Here is a look at five ideal trade scenarios for the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.