Blockbuster trades Steelers need to make before November 3rd
If the Steelers really wanted to make a splash before the trade deadline, they would try and trade for Jaguar Myles Jack. Like the teams above, the Jaguars are likely now set to tank, meaning they will be willing to ship off players that can get them in a better position to get a top quarterback next year. On top of this, Jack has been struggling through some injuries, making his value likely as low as it has ever been.
He is an athletic and talented option in the linebacker room though, and he would make a lot of sense for the Steelers after losing Devin Bush. While his contract is hefty, they would inherit it without the signing bonus. This means restructures can help lower his cap number going forward. His talent far outweighs any of this, as he is one of the best pass covering linebackers in the league. Like many of these deals as well, adding him would benefit the Steelers next year as he would likely team up with Bush as the starters.
Given the Jaguars’ desire to tank and his current usage, Mack could possibly be dealt with a fifth-round pick in exchange for the Steelers third. Assuming a deal like that would be a go, the Steelers shouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger. Mack can replace Bush this season and then the team would have one of the best linebacking groups in the league next year. Keep Mack’s name in mind as the trade deadline approaches.
While the Steelers won’t make all of these deals for obvious reasons, they likely will seek out at least one of them. To me, adding a player like Johnson or Smith at their price would be a cheap but promising addition. If the team is thinking bigger, then adding a player like Mack is also in play. No matter what, Kevin Colbert should be making plenty of calls over the next week.