According to one NFL blog, the Pittsburgh Steelers could, and should, eye up a trade that makes their inside linebacker position a little more dense.
FanSided’s NFL Mocks highlighted a trade for each team in the league. For Pittsburgh, they had two options that could change their roster. One, where they sent a player and another where they received one.
At this point in the offseason, Pittsburgh likely isn’t digging too deep into the trade market. Maybe one or two more moves before the end of the summer. Anything too crazy probably isn’t even being considered at this stage in the offseason.
NFL Mocks didn’t create the out-of-reach situation, though. Their list of trades for each team were reasonable, and actually, quiet possible at this stage in the offseason.
For Pittsburgh, their first option would be to eliminate the quarterback battle. Instead of making Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs compete for the final depth chart spot, the Steelers could send one of them to a different AFC team.
This trade scenario was to send Josh Dobbs to the Miami Dolphins. The Phins are in no need for a quarterback, but with their top backup option being Brock Osweiler, they could use a young and promising quarterback.
Dobbs would go to Miami to compete for a job. He wouldn’t be considered a starter right away, but Ryan Tannehill has dealt with more injuries than success in the NFL and they’d like to see someone young work under him to eventually work into a starting QB competition.
The second scenario gives Pittsburgh the only thing they still need. Right now, Jon Bostic isn’t meeting expectations. He was signed to be the starting inside linebacker and through OTAs, he’s been working with the second-team.
Maybe this is because he isn’t familiar with the defense yet, but if this team is serious about Tyler Matakevich being the starter, they need to think of different options. Not that the Temple star isn’t worth a shot, but if Bostic is under-performing this much, they need to bring in someone else to compete for the job.
NFL Mocks suggests that Manti Te’o could be the answer to this problem. He isn’t a superstar in the NFL, but he does have experience and has become a reliable inside backer in the league. New Orleans doesn’t need him after signing Demario Davis, making him an easy target for a team like Pittsburgh.
This could make a two player competition into a three. Even if Pittsburgh wants to keep Matakevich as the front-runner, they’ll have two veterans chasing behind. Meaning the chances of finding the best fight become even better. Something the Steelers need to happen.