The Oakland Raiders are finalizing a trade that will send the diminutive receiver/returner to the Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Pittsburgh also acquired a 2019 sixth-round pick in the deal, in which it sent Oakland a fifth-round pick, Rapoport added. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.
Switzer moves from the Raiders to a Steelers team that hasn't been afraid to take fliers on players discarded by other organizations with mixed results (see: Justin Gilbert, Darrius Heyward-Bey). Pittsburgh is fairly thin in the return department, slotting offensive and defensive starters in at the kick- and punt-returning positions.
For a team that has its eyes on a deep postseason run, a few less run-ins with defenders per game for players like Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Artie Burns is worth a low-risk trade for Switzer. It also provides another chance for the former North Carolina Tar Heel to establish an NFL career, with a reminder for Switzer to rent, not buy.