5 teams that could trade for Steelers Justin Layne in 2021

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Chicago Bears

If you want to talk about a team that could really want a player like Layne, the Bears would headline it. As of now, there is a real chance that Artie Burns will start on the outside if they play Desmond Trufant in the slot. While Layne hasn’t proven much in his short time with the Steelers, most fans should remember just how bad the secondary was with Burns back there and how desperate the Bears must be if they are considering starting him.

Layne would once again be throwing his name into the starting hat, and he would at worst give more competition to the corner group that the Bears are set to rely on. Jaylon Johnson has the makings of a solid coverage corner, and Trufant is a great slot fit, but the Bears need another capable body here. Layne would be a cheap solution with some potential for the Bears at least.

Looking over their roster, this deal would likely be for draft capital. The only name that would make sense (and granted this is a stretch) is Anthony Miller given the rumors that the Bears want to move him. He would make an already great Steelers receiving room even better but adding him at this point doesn’t make a lot of sense. Instead, a late-round pick or a draft pick swap should be enough to get Layne to the Bears.

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With James Pierre set to take on the starting role this year on the outside, now is the time for the Steelers to try and trade Layne. They would get more value out of him now as opposed to next season, and Layne would have two seasons with his new team to try and revive his career. The five teams listed here seem like the most logical fit, as each team could find a use for a player like Layne in 2021.