Add the Pittsburgh Steelers to the record of groups Odell Beckham Jr. would reportedly like to participate in for in 2020. On Monday, NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala explained on 92.3 The Admirer that Beckham, as he has reportedly finished with associates of 3 other corporations this season, informed a member of the Steelers that he would like them to “occur get me” this offseason.
“I spoke to a Steelers’ participant who Odell did say that to ahead of the video game from the Steelers,” Kinkhabwala reported of Beckham, who, in accordance to CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora,will not request a trade this offseasonregardless of his claimed fascination in signing up for other teams.
Beckham, who has evidently been dealing with a decrease-human body injuries all through the period, has failed to make the figures quite a few envisioned him to make when he was traded from the Giants to the Browns this offseason. When he is just ninety yards shy of his fifth occupation 1,000-garden getting year, Beckham has caught just sixty seven of 121 targets and has totaled just two touchdowns for the Browns, who are 6-eight and nearing the stop of a highly disappointing year.
Even though Beckham may possibly want to enjoy in Pittsburgh, here is five motives why that will most most likely not occur.
The Steelers have limited cap space
Pittsburgh is envisioned to have just $6.1 million in cap space in 2020, the fourth-lowest overall in the NFL, in accordance to Spotrac. That by itself will make it practically extremely hard to get Beckham, whose latest deal commands $56 million in base wage about the future 4 decades. With the wage cap anticipated to be in the neighborhood of $two hundred million up coming year, the Dolphins, Colts, Buccaneers, Charges, and Cowboys are the teams that are predicted to have the most cap area this impending offseason and would all probably have a superior shot at buying Beckham by way of trade — should the Browns give — than the Steelers.
Pittsburgh has other fiscal priorities
Although Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell’s 2019 departures make it possible for the Steelers far more revenue moving forward, Pittsburgh will probable commit that dollars on players that already on the team. The crew is anticipated to offer you third-calendar year wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster a worthwhile-longterm deal this offseason in spite of Smith-Schuster’s harm-marred 2019 year. The Steelers also will need to maintain cash readily available for T.J. Watt, who will most very likely see his fifth-year solution picked up this offseason. Pittsburgh will likely also check out to hold exterior linebacker (and previous very first-round choose) Bud Dupree, who is having fun with a profession 12 months with 9.five sacks, thirteen tackles for decline, 4 pressured fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Dupree is slated to be an unrestricted cost-free agent this offseason.
Cornerback Mike Hilton and commencing offensive lineman Matt Feiler are slated to turn into limited totally free agents while starting up defensive lineman Javon Hargrave is slated to enter absolutely free agency. And while the Steelers will most likely wait to see how James Conner performs in 2020, they may well also choose to present him a extended-expression deal in the course of the pursuing offseason.
The Steelers do not have substantially to offer
The Browns traded a first-spherical select, a 3rd-spherical decide on, and safety Jabrill Peppers, a former initially-round select, to acquire Beckham this previous offseason. It really is hugely very likely that the Browns would be expecting equivalent benefit in return for Beckham if they in the end determine to trade him.
Pittsburgh already traded absent next year’s first-round decide on in the deal that acquired them security Minkah Fitzpatrick, who immediately helped convert the Steelers’ defense into a single of the league’s best (he will also likely be in line for a massive payday in 2021). Pittsburgh is also now with no a 3rd-spherical decide on right after buying and selling that choose to Denver in buy to go up in the 2019 draft to receive linebacker Devin Bush (the Steelers are hoping to get a 2020 third-spherical compensatory select after dropping Bell in no cost company this past offseason). The Steelers are also with no a fifth-spherical decide on just after buying and selling that decide to Seattle in September in trade for limited conclusion Nick Vannett.
The Steelers also do not have an desirable trade piece to send Cleveland’s way. If Antonio Brown or a player of Brown’s stature (that the tea would be inclined to portion with) was continue to on the team, this could have some legs. But with minimal draft picks and no tangible trade parts they are willing to part with, the Steelers wouldn’t be able to match what the Browns would possible assume.
Pittsburgh is arguably the very best at finding WR talent late in the draft
Kevin Colbert, the 1st basic supervisor in Steelers record, has drafted a slew of long term productive NFL receivers because coming to Pittsburgh in 2000. Between those receivers involves Plaxico Burress (2000), Antwaan Randle El (2002), Santonio Holmes (2006), Mike Wallace (2009), Emmanuel Sanders (2010), Antonio Brown (2010), Martavis Bryant (2014), and Smith-Schuster (2017). While it is much too early to challenge the futures of Johnson and Washington, both players have shown great guarantee in 2019 and are envisioned to be the team’s next and third wideouts opposite Smith-Schuster in 2020.
The Steelers favor to draft youthful receivers, then come to a decision regardless of whether or not to lock them up lengthy-time period just after watching them create into Pro Bowl level gamers. Their way of accomplishing company has mostly worked for them all through Colbert’s time in Pittsburgh, and it’s the way they will probably do enterprise as long as Colbert is their GM.
While the Steelers will most likely be in the market for a veteran wideout to include productiveness and professionalism to a younger acquiring corps, Pittsburgh will most likely go after a less-heralded, more reasonably priced veteran receiver fairly than a player of Beckham’s caliber and cost variety. Pittsburgh will also most likely draft a receiver, as Colbert generally picks at the very least a single wideout by using the draft each and every calendar year.
No a lot more drama
As extensive as the Steelers are between the most well-liked groups in the NFL, there usually be some sort of information and narratives encompassing the staff. That currently being claimed, news pertaining to the Steelers — outdoors of the Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph Week 11 incident — has been incredibly silent this period and reasonably drama-totally free, a far cry from what experienced been the scenario in the course of the past various seasons.
“It is definitely great just focusing on football this 12 months,” guard David DeCastro recently said in a story written by Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.
Most of the “drama” encompassing Pittsburgh this time has been centered on soccer-connected matters, like why the Steelers failed to operate the ball additional versus the Expenditures and (Mike Tomlin resolved thatfor the duration of his weekly push conference) who will be Pittsburgh’s starting up quarterback for this Sunday’s video game versus the Jets (Tomlin also dealt with that on Tuesday, stating that Devlin Hodges will get a possibility to make up for his rocky performance from the Costs).
It truly is harmless to say that the lack of drama surrounding the Steelers this period has contributed to the team’s surprising achievement this period despite the offseason losses of Brown and Bell and the in-year accidents to Ben Roethlisberger, Smith-Schuster, James Conner and defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt, between some others. The Steelers clearly never want to improve their chances of incorporating drama to their locker space, something that would certainly come about if Beckham somehow ended up in Pittsburgh.