The Pittsburgh Steelers have been at the center of trade talks surrounding their wide receivers all off-season. After losing out on nearly every quarterback sweep stakes this off-season, Pittsburgh went a different direction. The only thing that stands between Pittsburgh and a full rebuild is first round draft pick QB Kenny Pickett. A trade with the Packers could be something they explore.
Why does June 1st Matter?
June 1st represents an important day in the calendar year for the NFL. It is a day when various rules and tenders change. In short, prior to June 1st any player removed from a teams roster, either by release or trade, will have all their remaining salary cap allocations accelerate into the current League Year. Any players removed after June 1st can have that “dead money” charge now split between two seasons. This is why many teams wait till after June 1st to make significant roster moves.
In 2019 the Steelers drafted Diontae Johnson in the third round, if The Packers trade a second and a fourth for him, that’s good business. Johnson finished with 107 receptions (ranked 5th in NFL) and 527 yards AFTER the catch (ranked 8th in NFL) in 2021. He is a YAC MONSTER. In total he finished with 1,161 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. 59 of his reception in 2021 converted a first down. Over 50% of the time Diontae Johnson is moving the sticks.
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50% of the time his YAC is acceptable. The other 50% of the time he has stone hands and drops absolutely every and anything. Especially in clutch moments. You can have him.