It's so easy to call this a dumb move when you simply assume the Steelers will just draft TWO rookies who will step in and play immediately.
Why stop there? maybe we can dump Ben's salary and just draft another hall of fame QB in the 5th.
Do you people remember that Wallace is gone, Miller is injured and Brown was a bit disappointing? If Sanders left, then the Steelers would have Brown and that's about it. Cotchery and Plax are just role players.
In that scenario, the Steelers would essentially be forced to take a WR in RD 1. Why? Because they would need not 1 but 2 rookies who could contribute immediately. That likely means WR with 2 of the first 3 picks. That means that Safety or pass rusher, or ILB gets neglected.
The STeelers still need to draft a WR because Sanders may be a 1 year rental. Now they can draft a WR with a high pick and maybe get lucky with a late rounder. Let's say the Steelers do draft 2 WRs and they are both impressive in camp. WHo says you can't trade Sanders away later? Maybe you could get a 2nd rounder for him if a team has an injury and needs an immediate starter.