Steelers G.M. says he’s open for trade business, but he doesn’t use a chart

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said every team uses the same chart when determining what constitutes a fair trade of draft picks. Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert does not agree.

Colbert said he simply evaluates each possible trade for what he thinks is reasonable given how much the Steelers want the top player on the board when they’re on the clock.

“People talk about the charts, but we don’t use a chart. We know other teams will use a chart, and we know that when we call them they’ll say, well that doesn’t match our chart value. That’s fine. They can do that, but in our minds we have to spend what we want to spend if we want a certain player. And we have to explain, if a team is trying to trade up to us, that we don’t follow a chart. We know what they’re saying and that’s up to them, but we make up our own values.”

Colbert said he’s open to trading either up or down on Thursday, and the Steelers have already talked to some teams, although those talks haven’t progressed much.

“Our scouts, the pro guys, will start making their calls starting today to visit with teams,” he said. “We talk about it informally throughout the spring, but you never really get firm answers because we don’t know what we would be trading up for and teams don’t know what they’d be trading away from. Until you really get closer – you might have some idea that this team is interested in coming up and this team is interested in going down – until you actually get on the clock, those things will not happen in any great detail.”

The Steelers have the 20th overall pick and have a pick in each round, including two third-round picks and three sixth-round picks.

40 responses to “Steelers G.M. says he’s open for trade business, but he doesn’t use a chart

  1. Of course they don’t. If their daddy BB said the sky was blue they would argue that as well.

  2. Why use a chart ? After giving Bell up for nothing, then the debacle with A.B., it’s gonna take more than charts to get this team right.

  3. He loves making up his own values. Yard sale prices top 3 WR away, pays a bottom 5 kicker like an all pro..

  4. From a guy who said, “We will not accept anything less than a 1st round for AB”…Lets just keep winging it and allowing the kardashian show to continue Kevin…

  5. Maybe that’s why your D is trash. Find a better GM. Or don’t .. I don’t care either way ;o)

  6. Oh you’ve a chart – it’s just that yours, like you & your team’s brilliance, is all in your heads.

  7. “we make up our own values” – A value chart is still a chart even if it is in your head…

  8. You have to love how so many people try to bash the Steelers, the team with the winningest record since the NFL-AFL merger, winner of 6 SB’s, and a pretty much perennial contender. Do some of you even follow the NFL?

  9. “unfairbutbalanced says:
    April 23, 2019 at 6:11 am
    The Steelers have had some great and classic drafts — just none recently.”

    You’re probably new to this whole “football” thing.
    2017 Draft. Rd 1 TJ Watt, Rd 2 Juju Smith Schuster, Rd 3 James Connor
    Within 2 years. Pro Bowl, Pro Bowl, Pro Bowl.

  10. unfaiirbutbalanced:,Watt’s that you say?

    Two drafts ago, the Steelers first 3 picks were in last year’s Pro Bowl….Watt, Juju, Conner.

  11. unfairbutbalanced says:
    April 23, 2019 at 6:11 am
    The Steelers have had some great and classic drafts — just none recently.
    ——————-
    yeah 2017 was especially unmemorable when they drafted TJ Watt, Ju Ju, and James Conner….

  12. longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    April 23, 2019 at 7:46 am
    Maybe that’s why your D is trash. Find a better GM. Or don’t .. I don’t care either way ;o)
    —————
    6th vs run and 10th vs pass in 2018. That’s some quality trash!

  13. You have to love how so many people try to bash the Steelers, the team with the winningest record since the NFL-AFL merger, winner of 6 SB’s, and a pretty much perennial contender. Do some of you even follow the NFL?
    ———————————————————————————————————
    All true except for one thing, they have not WON a Super Bowl in ten years! And coincidentally that was the year TB 12 was out on injury!
    Let’s also not forget they didn’t even make the playoffs last year!
    Just keep living in the past!

  14. What he is saying makes sense. I mean if you really want a player and someone offers you some picks to move up, it may be fine on paper, but if you don’t get the guy you want, what’s the point?

  15. He’s drafted Hall of Famers so if doesn’t use a chart then so be it. Not everyone has to do things like Bill Belichick.

  16. And he’s drafted those HOF’ers and several pro bowlers while continually drafted middle of the pack or lower! And if you’re a fan of any NFL team other then the Patriots, you really have no business questioning how the Steelers handle their business cuz it’s consistently better than whatever your team has been doing. Ha!!!

  17. kevinkeenan999 says:
    April 23, 2019 at 9:38 am
    *Second winningest
    ———————
    This from Jan 2018:

    Following 2017’s 13-3 record, among the best season finishes in team history, the Steelers have merely extended their lead and added to their reputation as the most dominant franchise in the modern history in the NFL. As was the case a year ago, they are the only franchise, new or old, to post a winning percentage north of .600.

    This year’s record has driven it up to .616, while their nearest competitors have all slipped. The Cowboys’ winning percentage remained stagnant at .585, after rounding, but the Broncos plummeted from .589 to .583, Dallas overtaking them for the second-best post-merger record. The Dolphins dropped from .584 to .579, but the Patriots’ winning percentage rose from .567 to .573, still fifth-best.

    The news of the season is that the Steelers became the first franchise since the merger to post 450 victories, currently sitting at 457. They are 22 victories clear of the Cowboys as the next-closest franchise. They also remain the only franchise active at the time of the merger to have fewer than 300 losses.

  18. In other words he has to check with Big Ben to see if he approves of trading up or down depending on which player Ben wants to throw under the bus.

  19. Since Big Bum was drafted,a lot of people on the Steelers made a lot of money playing in the easiest division, 4 games against Cleveland and Cincinnati every year, will make anyone look good.

  20. Colbert was the guy who picked Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.
    He then went on to pick their replacements, RB James Conner and
    WR JuJu Smith-Schuster.

    Both Pro-Bowl players. Neither were picked in the first round.

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