5 veterans the Steelers should consider at trade deadline
By Andrew Falce
3. Steelers must consider Clelin Ferrell
The Steelers have one of, if not the, best trio of edge rushers in the league at their disposal. Despite that, their fourth edge rusher, Derrek Tuszka, hasn’t been able to do much as a reserve. Meanwhile, Clelin Ferrell has really fallen out of favor with the Raiders, as he has been relegated to backup duties when he has played.
Ferrell likely needs a fresh start, while the Steelers could add a more competent fourth edge rusher in the former first-round pick. The team had quite a bit of interest in Ferrell before he went fourth overall, so the link between the two is there. While upgrading the last edge spot isn’t a pivotal move, it does make this group more complete and gives the team another body to work within the edge rotation.
Assuming the compensation wouldn’t be much, it would make sense for the team to try and bring in Ferrell. Tuszka could revert back to the practice squad as Ferrell would be a more than competent backup. The Steelers would have team control over him through next year as well, meaning he could stick around in the edge rotation through then. He would be a cheap depth player that would help improve this defense.