Steelers Finalizing Trade for Allen Robinson

New Steelers WR Allen Robinson
New Steelers WR Allen Robinson
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NFL Offseason - Pending a physical, the Los Angeles Rams will be trading veteran wide receiver Allen Robinson to the Pittsburgh Steelers. No news yet on the trade details. I would imagine he becomes their slot receiver joining Diontae Johnson and George Pickens on the outside.

Last year was supposed to be the magic season where we finally saw what Robinson could do with a good NFL quarterback. Instead, he struggled with injuries (like the rest of the Rams) and finished the year with just 33 catches for 339 yards and three touchdowns. Robinson was 61st among qualifying wide receivers with 32 DYAR and 73rd with 19 DYAR in Chicago the year before. He hasn't put up receiving DVOA above 2.0% since 2015, his best year in Jacksonville.

If Matthew Stafford wasn't the quarterback to finally unlock (re-unlock?) Robinson's greatness, I doubt Kenny Pickett will be that guy.

Robinson turns 30 in August.

UPDATE: Woo, is Robinson coming cheap. The Rams are trading Robinson and Pick 251 for Pick 234. They are also paying $10.25 million of Robinson's salary. So the Steelers got him for $5 million and moving down 17 picks.

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13 comments, Last at 02 May 2023, 10:46pm

#1 by ChrisLong // Apr 18, 2023 - 2:12pm

Genuinely do not understand why teams keep wanting Robinson. Is there some sort of tape out there that shows he's a good player that's criminally under-targeted or something? Otherwise he's just Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, over and over again.

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#11 by ImNewAroundThe… // Apr 20, 2023 - 10:26am

He made the pro bowl with Blake Bortles.

Teams will bet a few mil on him

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#2 by rpwong // Apr 18, 2023 - 2:20pm

So, the Steelers have effectively turned Chase Claypool and whatever pick they give the Rams into Allen Robinson and Chicago's second pick?

In a vacuum, I'd much rather have Claypool. He put up 800+ yards in his first two seasons with a barely functional Roethlisberger, and Pittsburgh didn't seem to have a plan for him last year. He's better than what we saw in 2022.

However, that Bears pick ended up as the 32nd selection due to Chicago being terrible and Miami losing their pick, so it's effectively a first-rounder. This being the case, I feel like it ended up as a win for Pittsburgh.

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#3 by guest from Europe // Apr 18, 2023 - 3:44pm

I wonder which other player Rams want to get rid of? Here they will have a $21.45M dead cap number for Robinson's contract.

One year ago they were giving out these big contracts and extensions and now are having a fire sale. Ramsey, Wagner, Robinson, Floyd...

A really good strategy!

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#4 by BigRichie // Apr 18, 2023 - 8:17pm

$5 mill alone sounds like too much to me for Allen at this stage of his career.

What's the $$$ difference between 234 and 251? Anyone have any idea?

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#5 by guest from Europe // Apr 19, 2023 - 2:19am

i don't think there is any significant difference between slots #234 and #251. At that point it's lottery. What they are paid on rookie contracts is probably also very similar, with difference of a few thousand $.

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#7 by serutan // Apr 19, 2023 - 1:31pm


   It's basically a 1 year flyer for the Steelers, as I understand there is no guaranteed money after this year and the Rams are paying 75% of that.

  and I agree that the difference between pick 234 & 251 is negligible not only by $, but also because either pick is most likely to be just a camp body.

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#12 by ImNewAroundThe… // Apr 20, 2023 - 10:29am

$5m is t41st with Parris Campbell. It's chump change in the grand scheme of things

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#6 by Theo // Apr 19, 2023 - 12:34pm

That OBJ deal looks pretty terrible for Baltimore in comparison. 


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#8 by BigRichie // Apr 19, 2023 - 3:10pm

Forget any 'comparisons'. That OBJ deal looks pretty terrible, period.

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#9 by KnotMe // Apr 19, 2023 - 6:03pm

That's about as much of a salary dump as you can get.  Interesting that was all they could get despite eating 2/3 of the salary. 

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#10 by guest from Europe // Apr 20, 2023 - 3:19am

I think Rams got nothing in this trade. They got $5M savings compared to releasing him like they did other players.

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#13 by ImNewAroundThe… // May 02, 2023 - 10:46pm

So it ended up being Robinson and OL Spencer Anderson for (not that) S Jason Taylor.

Surprisingly both teams kept the picks. 

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