Steelers Rumors: James Washington Requests Trade over Playing Time Concerns

AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarJames Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, is said to be looking for a new start with a new company.According to ESPN's Adam Schefter Washington requested a trade due to a lack in playing time last season, and this year so far in training camp.Washington's rookie contract ends in 2021. Washington will only earn $1.01million in base salary.Washington, a highly-regarded prospect who came out of Oklahoma State in 2018, was Washington. He was ranked the eighth-best wide receiver, and No. Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., ranked him as the 60th overall draft player.According to ESPN's scouting report, Washington is "built like a running back" and transforms into one after the catch. Although he doesn’t have an elite second gear, his speed and athleticism make him dangerous vertically. He’s also rarely caught behind the catch.Washington was the Steelers' 60th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was part of a receiving team that also included JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown.Washington made a leap forward in 2019, after being limitedly used as a rookie. Washington, 25, led the team with 16.7 yards per reception and ranked second in targets (80), and third in receptions (44)Washington also played at the least 71% of offensive snaps in the seven final games of 2019. Washington only played one game in 2020 with this many snaps.Washington was not able to play in 16 of the last 16 games, but he had only 56 targets, 30 receivings, and 392 yards.