Blockbuster trades Steelers could pursue before draft day

Jamal Adams Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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The Steelers would have a devastating secondary with Adams
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 24: Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets reacts after sacking Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders during the first half of their game at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

Jamal Adams

S, New York Jets

This would take the cake as the best player Colbert could trade for. Jamal Adams has been one of the best strong safeties since entering the league in 2017. Adding him next Minkah Fitzpatrick would form the best safety tandem in the entire NFL. It would come at a hefty price though.

While the Jets were supposedly shopping him at the deadline, no trade came into fruition. Considering his age and talent level, a first-round pick will have to be involved here. Considering the lack of targets for Sam Darnold, the Jets would likely be asking for a WR. While it would be unpopular, sending JuJu Smith-Schuster and their first next year would get the job done.

This isn’t the way the Steelers do business, and frankly, I would be shocked if they attempted a trade like this. That being said, with how deep the receiving talent is this year in the NFL draft, moving on from a talented player like Smith-Schuster could be mitigated with the Steeler’s second-round pick. The tandem formed in the secondary would give the Steelers one of, if not the, best defenses in the NFL.

Projected Trade: NYJ sends Jamal Adams, PIT sends JuJu Smith-Schuster, 2021 1st

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While all of these trades are fun speculation, odds are all of them are longshots to happen. That said if Colbert is dedicated to getting the most out of the shrinking Super Bowl window, he may look to add more talent in aggressive ways. Orchestrating a trade like this could push the Steelers over the hump and put them squarely in Super Bowl territory.