Pros and Cons of Steelers trading Devin Bush at the deadline

Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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With Bush playing some underwhelming football right now, here are the arguments for and against the Steelers trying to flip the former top-ten pick before the trade deadline.

While his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers started with a lot of promise, Devin Bush has seen his 2021 season be filled with doubt and struggle. PFF has him graded at a relatively miserable 54.0 grade, and his play has been mostly reflective of that. Despite being a former top pick in the draft, Bush has progressively looked more and more like an average defender.

The Steelers trade deadline is different this year

Most of the time, the Steelers would be buyers heading into the trade deadline. This season is unfortunately different, as the team has struggled to remain competitive. While a 3-3 record isn’t bad, the only win that is deserving of accolades is Week 1, when the team beat the Buffalo Bills. Despite winning their past two games, it was against relatively bad teams in the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

On top of that, neither win was notably impressive. Despite early leads, the Steelers nearly blew both games against inferior teams. Most notable was the previous game against the Seahawks, as the team was facing an injury-riddled team with Geno Smith at quarterback, and the game still went into overtime.

It wouldn’t be overly shocking to see the Steelers try and offload some players that aren’t a part of their long-term plans. This would add draft picks for next year, something this team doesn’t have much of, and free up some cap space. Bush could surprisingly find his name on this list despite his accolades as a top draft pick. With all of that said, here are the pros and cons of trying to trade Bush at the trade deadline.