The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially traded away wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders; a move that was a long time coming. It is no secret that Antonio Brown is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL, and was a key piece to the Steelers offense. However, his all about me mentality led him to seek another team. Brown was finally traded and now Pittsburgh has to move forward.
With Antonio Brown no longer being the primary pass catcher for the Steelers, Pro Bowl wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster will take the spot of receiver number one. During the 2018 season, Juju was actually more productive than the aforementioned Antonio Brown. While Brown did only play fifteen games last season, he was still seven receptions short of Juju and had 129 less receiving yards. The only category Brown was better in was touchdowns, of which he had fifteen to Juju’s seven. That being said, some people believe that the only reason Juju was so successful was due to the fact that Antonio Brown was covered more which left Juju open. With Juju being the prime target now, he will face heavier coverage and more competition.
Since Juju will face tougher competition as the star receiver in Pittsburgh, he will need a solid number two to compliment his talent. This will need to be a receiver who excels when he is left open. The ways the stars are about to align, it just may be that slot receiver Cole Beasley of the Dallas Cowboys could be that number two. Beasley is an extremely talented receiver who consistently gets the job done, but only when he is targeted. The reason Beasley may end up leaving Dallas and become a valuable free agent is because his contract is about to expire and Dallas does not seem to be willing to pay him what he wants. Beasley realizes how valuable he is and he has taken to Twitter a few times to show it. On Twitter, Beasley claimed that the front office of Dallas “pushes who they want to get the ball too” and in many cases, Beasley was not the receiver being pushed for. He is frustrated with Dallas and feels as if his talents are being wasted. Even after Scott Linehan being fired, it may be too late for Cole Beasley to return to Dallas.
This opens up the door for Pittsburgh to snatch up Cole Beasley. He plays a position that is in popularity currently with short and quick passes becoming a trend. Of all the slot receivers hitting the market, Beasley is one of the more affordable ones, but also one of the more promising. This is why it is not far-fetched to imagine a world where Cole Beasley lines up next to Juju Smith-Schuster and Ben Roethlisberger for one of the scariest passing offenses in the league.