The NFL trading deadline is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, but don’t expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to make any moves.
“We’re open, but not necessarily active,” said head coach Mike Tomlin just prior to the Sunday game against the Indianapolis Colts. “It’s prudent business to be open-minded about opportunities to improve your team, but we haven’t had a lot of active thought or participation in that regard.”
While the Steelers aren’t normally a team that makes a trade during the season, they did make one last year when they dealt a conditional draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals in return for veteran offensive tackle Levi Brown early last October.
Brown never played a snap for the Steelers, however, as he suffered a triceps injury during pregame warmups just prior to the week 6 game against the New York Jets. It was a desperate move and it required the Cardinals having to eat a lot of Brown’s 2013 salary in addition. That kind of deal won’t happen this year.
The Steelers also have very limited salary cap space to work with and that’s another reason why you won’t see them make a trade Tuesday.