With the NFL's trade deadline quickly approaching, there are rumblings that a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers could be a target for a trade.
ESPN believes that Steelers' wide receiver Markus Wheaton could be an attractive option for teams in need of help at wideout. The usually productive playmaker has been hampered by a shoulder injury that has caused him to miss four of the team's first seven games.
"One of the Steelers' most productive playmakers late last season is experiencing a turbulent contract year," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler wrote of Wheaton. "He has missed four games with a nagging shoulder injury, and he had several drops in Week 3.
"With four catches for 51 yards this season and a $1.67 million salary, Wheaton could be an appealing option for a team that is one receiver away from offensive success, and perhaps one would commit a late-round pick for his services over the stretch run. His shoulder isn't a long-term issue, and Wheaton, when in rhythm, is a reliable No. 3 receiver with good downfield speed. Perhaps he could use a change, too."
Wheaton has four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown this season, but is only one year removed from setting career highs with 749 yards and five touchdowns in 2014.
The former third-round pick could fetch the Steelers some help on defense, or a decent draft pick in next year's draft.
It all depends on whether the team would be confident enough that Martavis Bryant will be a changed man once he returns next season.
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