Why the Steelers should trade for Jets safety Jamal Adams

Jamal Adams Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Terrell Edmunds Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

The sore thumb

Terrell Edmunds was frustrating in 2019. If there was a busted coverage or big yardage given up, it seemed like it was always his fault. The Steelers defense had an amazing secondary last year, but he was their one big flaw. That flaw came from their strong safety position.

Edmunds was a first-round pick for the Steelers in the 2018 draft. Most people, including me, considered it quite a reach for somebody that was not even projected to go until the mid to late second round. Some people even gave him a third-round draft grade.

His stats have also been quite subpar for somebody who has started 31 out of his first 32 NFL career games. He has only produced 7 pass defenses, 1 interception, 0 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 3 tackles for loss, 5 quarterback hits, 1 quarterback sack, and 165 total tackles in two full seasons. On top of that, he also allowed a 139.1 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks last year in 2019 (highest is 158.3) and was given a 63.6 player grade, according to Pro Football Focus.

To be blatant, those numbers are absolutely terrible. The only reason he still has a roster spot is simply that he was a first-round pick. To say that he could easily be replaced is an understatement.