I'm at a loss here, how does trading one of our star players help make us better.
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Every single one of these guys on defense has an issue that would keep them from garnering serious compensation in return should they be traded. The only one you could get maybe a 2nd rounder for is Timmons.
-No one would touch Harrison b/c of age and salary.
-You won't see a sign and trade with Wood b/c this isn't the NBA.
-TP has not proven he can really last a full season so I can't see anyone offering much with a couple of possible exceptions like maybe Detroit or Arizona.
-Clark? Maybe a 3rd rounder, but he is aging as well.
We are being hypothetical right??
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Top 5 most tradeable players for us (excluding Ben):
1. SS Troy Polamalu
2. OLB LaMarr Woodley
3. ILB Lawrence Timmons
4. OLB James Harrison
5. WR Mike Wallace
None of these guys have value for other teams:
Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, Brett Keisel, and Ryan Clark.
We love them as Steelers players, but they've got absolutely no value to other teams. Ward and Smith are one year away from retirement. Keisel and Clark are on the wrong side of 30, and aren't great for that matter. Both are good, but not great.
Clark's job is to protect the deep zone and help receivers, he's not supposed to come up into the box like Troy is. People say he gets beat deep, that's more likely due to the fact that we play deep zone and QB's read it. With a zone defense, there's a small no-man's land where the CB leaves the receiver and the S has to pick him up. It's not a big zone, but good QB's definitely pick it up and take advantage of it. There are very, very few safeties who can consistently make plays on these schemes, and sadly Clark isn't one of them. But Troy and Reed are, and there aren't many safeties of their caliber in the league.
Same for Farrior. He had a bad season last year, but he did bounce back. Again, not the biggest, not the fastest, but he's very good in his role.
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But the most important thing not being addressed here, is why are we even considering trading Woodley? He, Timmons, and Hood are the only true building blocks we've got for the future, there's absolutely no way we'd willingly part with either of them.
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