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    Crazy Thought: Trade Rashard Mendenhall?

    Crazy Thought: Trade Rashard Mendenhall?

    by Tim Mullhaupt on Jan 14, 2012



    Picture yourself as Kevin Colbert. Fresh off a painful and shocking loss to Denver, you're now sitting at your office desk preparing to initiate operation "Geezer Dump." Jerseys with numbers 86, 51, and 91 are being put into the "Do Not Use" commemorative closet, while you toss an occasional dart at a poster of Tim Tebow. As your eyes scan the payroll, stopping and double-taking at the names Kemoeatu, Chris, and McFadden, Bryant and their respective salaries, you pause for a moment at the name Mendenhall.

    You immediately feel a pang of sympathy for the young man and envision him hobbling around his house as he attempts to recover from the torn ACL. You are about to break for lunch and text Kemoeatu that to make things interesting, the only way he gets his '11 salary is if he can protect it from a blitzing 4 year-old (money well saved), when you are struck with inspiration. Quickly you call up Mike Tannebaum, GM of the hapless New York Jets, and make an offer involving your wounded ball carrier.

    The Jets in particular are one of the few teams left in the league that still put great emphasis on the running back position and what they have there in Greene and withering LT is underwhelming to say the least.They are of course welcoming in Tony Sparano in as their new offensive coordinator, but I think the run-first offense will still be very much in effect-Sparano is the father of the wildcat after all-meaning that an upgrade is needed. The Jets pick 15th in each round this year (too late of a pick to get stud RB Trent Richardson IMO), and while it'd be ridiculous to expect a first round pick for Mendenhall, I think it's more than fair to expect a second rounder in exchange for a back that in the last 3 seasons has rushed for over 3,000 yards and amassed exactly 30 touchdowns (29 Rushing, 1 Receiving).

    What works against Mendenhall is of course his recent acl tear, an unspectacular 2011 campaign, and a pedestrian 4.1 ypc for his career. Still young however (he'll be just 25 in June), Mendenhall could very well still have some gas left in the tank, well worthy of the attention of teams in need of a good runningback. Outside of the Jets I can ony really characterize the Patriots, Colts, Browns, and perhaps the Giants as teams "in need" of a runningback. The Patriots are a pass-first offense that does not rely heavily on running, but I have to think Mendenhall would provide an upgrade to the likes of Green-Ellis and Woodhead. The Colts are going to draft Andrew Luck, and if Manning leaves than they may want to have a good running option to help ease Luck's transition to the NFL. The Browns look like they're parting ways with Peyton Hillis, but they may be the leading candidates to take the aforementioned Trent Richardson in the draft come April. Then there's the whole "never trade within the division" strategy.

    As far as the Steelers are concerned the move makes sense on a couple levels. 1. The offense is clearly pass-oriented now that the receiving corp has blossomed, 2.

    Mendenhall will enter his contract year in 2012 (an additional factor that may hinder his value as his new team would have to end up giving him a new deal if they invested considerable draft picks), and the Steelers are going to have a hard enough time trying to keep Brown, Sanders, and Wallace locked down long term within the next two years, likely leaving little money for Mendenhall, 3. The running backs not named Mendenhall are pretty damn good. I like Isaac Redman, Moore, Dwyer, Batch and Clay in some kind of committee. They can all run the ball and can all help supplement what could turn into one of the elite passing attacks in the league, provided the offensive line improves in the near future. Plus there's a kid named Doug Martin (picture right) out of Boise State who reminds me a bit of Jones-Drew/Rice who should be available at the end of the second round/early third, meaning that there are other, affordable options out there.

    Even using Mendenhall as a piece to swap first round picks with a team higher up i.e. the Jets would be fine by me. Ultimately, with some of the veteran talent it will lose this offseason, this team could use a great draft in 2012 to help remain a contender next season. Additional/Higher draft picks could give Colbert and Co. the foundation to build the next generation of great Steelers.

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    Re: Crazy Thought: Trade Rashard Mendenhall?

    Gonna be hard to trade a back that has a torn ACL and is coming into his last year of a rookie contract. He already has missed 1 season and probably wont be ready for next season until some time after the start of it. I'd love to do it but its not happening.

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    Re: Crazy Thought: Trade Rashard Mendenhall?

    As absurd as this article is, what would be the value if we rolled the dice and traded Redman. For one he will be more attractive to teams since he will cheaper in salary this year, has less wear and tear than Mendy, but like Mendy he is next year he will be a FA.

    Would you trade him for a mid 2nd rounder or use him as a combo to trade up to get Decastro?


    If he is traded, Mendy, Moore(?), Dwyer, Batch, Clay, and maybe a F/A or a Rookie.

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    Re: Crazy Thought: Trade Rashard Mendenhall?

    Quote Originally Posted by steeler_george
    As absurd as this article is, what would be the value if we rolled the dice and traded Redman. For one he will be more attractive to teams since he will cheaper in salary this year, has less wear and tear than Mendy, but like Mendy he is next year he will be a FA.

    Would you trade him for a mid 2nd rounder or use him as a combo to trade up to get Decastro?


    If he is traded, Mendy, Moore(?), Dwyer, Batch, Clay, and maybe a F/A or a Rookie.
    Trade a guy who just had ACL surgery. Is he hoping to get a a team bus or something? I'm sure the offers will be hard to keep up with.



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    Re: Crazy Thought: Trade Rashard Mendenhall?

    [quote=JUST-PLAIN-NASTY]
    Quote Originally Posted by "steeler_george":3xucvofh
    As absurd as this article is, what would be the value if we rolled the dice and traded Redman. For one he will be more attractive to teams since he will cheaper in salary this year, has less wear and tear than Mendy, but like Mendy he is next year he will be a FA.

    Would you trade him for a mid 2nd rounder or use him as a combo to trade up to get Decastro?


    If he is traded, Mendy, Moore(?), Dwyer, Batch, Clay, and maybe a F/A or a Rookie.
    Trade a guy who just had ACL surgery. Is he hoping to get a a team bus or something? I'm sure the offers will be hard to keep up with.[/quote:3xucvofh]

    JPN has a great point. What value do you get back in a trade for an injured player? No one gives you anything for him especially given that the RB position is not really hard to replace and has a limited lifespan in the NFL.

    Mendy probably won't be anywhere close to ready to play until October and probably won't be close to 100% until the play offs. If anything we need to add RBs not give them up to get through the regular season. If Redman is the lead guy to start the season and with his running style you had better have a string on a number of back ups in case he gets hurt.
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    Re: Crazy Thought: Trade Rashard Mendenhall?

    Al Davis is dead. There's nobody out there who is going to give up a second-rounder for an injured RB who is entering his contract year.

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    Re: Crazy Thought: Trade Rashard Mendenhall?

    I think Mendenhall, as young as he is, will recover nicely...

    The Steelers will gain very little by attempting to trade him...what, a 5th round pick? If that?

    They would also gain little to no cap room...

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    Re: Crazy Thought: Trade Rashard Mendenhall?

    Place him on the PUP. The stable of running backs have given you that option. I agree with Slapstick...He is young and will recover. Just give him as much time as possible. If he looks good when his PUP time is up...Bring him on the 53 and work him in the rotation. If he is clearly better than the rest, which I don't think will be the case, he can start when he earns it. Come 2013, you make a decision based upon what he did at the end.



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    Re: Crazy Thought: Trade Rashard Mendenhall?

    Should have changed the headline to: "Deadline approaching and I have no good ideas for a story"

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    Re: Crazy Thought: Trade Rashard Mendenhall?

    Quote Originally Posted by steeler_fan_in_t.o.
    Should have changed the headline to: "Deadline approaching and I have no good ideas for a story"


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