The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington, a former 2nd round pick out of Oklahoma State University, has requested a trade from the organization. His request came after limited playing time last season and so far this preseason. Washington had a break out 2019 season with 735 yards and three scores, but in 2020 he took a big step back with the addition of Chase Claypool. In 2020, he had 392 yards on 33 receptions.
Steelers’ WR James Washington, a former 2018 second-round pick, has approached the Steelers and requested a trade based on his limited playtime last season and so far this preseason, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2021
At Oklahoma State, Washington had some very successful seasons. His senior year, he had a booming 1,549 yards and 13 touchdowns. After three seasons with the Steelers, he has formally requested a trade. Should the New Orleans Saints kick the tires on Steelers WR James Washington?
James Washington has requested a trade from the Steelers…— PFF (@PFF) August 7, 2021
Is he NOLA bound? pic.twitter.com/09tR1zim6B
Coach Sean Payton has stated that WR is not a need for the team, they like the group of guys they have in the building. Expecting a big season from Marquez Callaway, Tre’Quan Smith and Deonte Harris, the Saints seem happy with their room. But Michael Thomas is dealing with his major ankle surgery which will keep him out for weeks, their deep shot Deonte Harris has his two game suspension and past injury history with Tre’Quan Smith, it wouldn't hurt the Saints to make a call and see the price. Washington could be a huge upgrade into the Saints WR room.
Washington is going into his final year of his four-year rookie deal, so it would be a one-year rental unless a extension could get done in the future. Because a down year, the price for Washington might not be as high as many think. But the real question is do the Steelers want to deal Washington. The price for Bears WR Anthony Miller plummeted after weeks of shopping him. This could also be the case with Washington if it gets that bad.
If the price is right, the Saints should absolutely make a call, maybe a day-3 comp pick? But if the price is too high, there is no reason for the Saints to reach for him. They have a solid core with lots of potential.
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