Blockbuster trades Steelers could pursue before draft day

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Atkins is a rival player who would help the Steelers
MIAMI, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 22: Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on December 22, 2019, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Geno Atkins

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Early reports are that the Bengals want to limit the snap count of Geno Atkins next year. This may cause a rift between the two and ultimately cause the veteran to seek a trade. If that’s the case, the Steelers would be wise to target their long-time nemesis.

While age is a factor for Atkins (he is 31), he would certainly be a unique NT option to replace the departed Hargrave. He’s coming off a bit of a down year to be sure, but he would fit nicely along with the defensive line rotation. A base defense with him, Stephon Tuitt, and Cam Heyward would be a nightmare for opposing offenses to stop.

Since he is coming from a divisional rival his price would be a little steep. That said, if the Steelers tossed their 3rd rounder as compensation, it would probably be higher than most teams would offer for the aging veteran.

Projected Trade: CIN sends Atkins, PIT sends 2020 3rd