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James Washington reportedly approached the Steelers and requested to be traded

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According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, James Washington wants out of Pittsburgh. This is pretty surprising news, to say the least, but Washington has reportedly approached the Steelers and requested a trade based on his limited playtime last season and so far this preseason (there's only been one preseason game so far).

The Steelers have a deep wide receivers corps and Washington is fourth on the list, so trying to get on another team where he would shine more makes sense, but it's still early in the process. Unless he sees the writing on the wall already.

According to Brooke Pryor of ESPN, Washington had just two targets last night in the Hall of Fame Game. Last season he played 44 percent of offensive snaps, down from 64 the season before. Also had 392 receiving yards last season, down from 735 in 2019.

Per Spotrac, trading Washington would leave behind just $338,000 of dead cap space. It will be interesting to see if the Steelers can sort things out with Washington or if they just respect his wishes and let him go. Washington is a good receiver, but if he's unhappy in Pittsburgh, and this is public knowledge now, then perhaps it's best to just move on and get something in return while dealing him.

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