3 options for the Steelers to replace Devin Bush

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Trade Options

Trading is the most interesting option for the Steelers when it comes to getting a potentially realistic starting replacement for the likes of Bush. Trading is tough because you have to find a trade partner that is willing to make the move with your team. NFL trades are normally not highly-priced especially if you are getting a rental for this season on an expiring contract after this season concludes.

There are some interesting names out there on bad teams that would likely accept a trade that would send a player out for a pick in return. The Steelers cap space is also helpful as they currently sit around 9.6 million in space.

Avery Williamson

Williamson might be the best option for the Steelers as they have the cap space to acquire him and he’s on an expiring deal after the season is over. He is currently on a very bad and disgruntled team.

He is a highly productive linebacker that is not as talented as Bush but would be an immediate upgrade over the players currently on the team. It shouldn’t take much to acquire him via trade and the Jets need as many picks as possible as they are still very much a rebuilding team. If the Steelers go the trade route, Williamson should be a top target before that deadline arrives, especially with his contract and his possible availability.

Other Options

Other options who may not be as enticing as Williamson are Eric Wilson from the Vikings and Thomas Davis from Washington. Both are on expiring deals and are also on very poor teams.

Wilson is a faster option that brings some athleticism but does struggle at times. It has been his first starting season as a Viking and one that would be a nice fall back option for Pittsburgh. Davis has struggled for most of the season and would be more of a depth option rather than a starter for this team unless a change of scenery would help him immensely. Another name to watch could be Jarrad Davis from the Detriot Lions.