Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
This is something different. We don't see a lot of trades in the NFL, but the Steelers pulled one off Friday morning trading outside linebacker Adrian Robinson to Philadelphia for running back Felix Jones. The Arkansas back was drafted 22nd overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2008 draft, one pick before the Steelers drafted running back Rashard Mendenhall. He played five years for the Cowboys before signing with the Eagles as a free agent this offseason for $780,000.
Jones is insurance against another injury to the Steelers backfield. With rookie RB Le'Veon Bell out for an unspecified period of time, the Steelers would find themselves shorthanded if Isaac Redman or Jonathan Dwyer were to go down in one of the two remaining preseason games.
Adrian Robinson made the Steelers last year as an undrafted free agent out of Temple after a great training camp, but was going to get caught in a numbers game this year. He hasn't flashed in camp or the two preseason games and was a long shot to make the 53-man roster. He is no longer eligible for the practice squad.
Fans love trades and Jones once was a back with great talent and potential, but the reality is he's been banged up the past few years and, barring another injury, is unlikely to make the 53-man roster unless the Steelers feel they are cash strapped and decide they want to save $500,000 and keep Jones over Redman or Dwyer. I don't see it happening.
Scott Brown-Pittsburgh Tribune Review Sports & Golf Writer
Rob Biertempfel - Pittsburgh Pirates Reporter
Rob Rossi - Pittsburgh Penguins Reporter
Kevin Gorman - Pittsburgh Sports Reporter
Mark Kaboly- Pittsburgh Tribune Review Steelers Beat Writer
Dejan Kovacevic - Pittsburgh Sports Reporter
Josh Yohe- Penguins beat writer for the Tribune-Review