6 blockbuster trades Steelers must pursue to keep up in the AFC

Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Zach Ertz

Now for some of the bigger, more impactful names. I had written about trying to land Zach Ertz earlier in the season, and most of that still holds true. While Ertz had a down year marred with injuries, he is still one of the best players at the position when healthy. As well, he can block when needed, making him a more complete tight end then Eric Ebron. If the team wants to make a serious Super Bowl push, adding a talent like Ertz would be huge.

The Eagles have been shopping Ertz all offseason, and based on a report from NBC, they are looking for a third or fourth round pick for Ertz. While his age is a bit of a concern, getting a supreme talent that cheap would be a steal. This tight end draft class is weak outside of the top options, and if the Steelers don’t get a starter in the first, they likely won’t find one later. Thus, flipping a late round pick for Ertz would give them a starter until they can find their next starter in the draft.

The biggest concern with Ertz is his cost, as any team trading for him would acquire his 8.25-million-dollar salary. That said, the Steelers could look to extend him or even add on some voidable years to lower that hit. At the end of the day, the team can afford him. Adding Ertz would give the team a more complete tight end and add another potent weapon in the red zone for the offense this season.