5 veterans the Steelers should consider at trade deadline

Lonnie Johnson #1 of the Houston Texans walks (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Lonnie Johnson #1 of the Houston Texans walks (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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Tight end Austin Hooper #81 of the Cleveland Browns Cornerback Lonnie Johnson #1 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

1. Steelers must consider Lonnie Johnson

One of the more disappointing units on the defense, the secondary, has taken significant steps back from its elite play in 2020. Both the cornerbacks and safeties could use some help, and the Texans Lonnie Johnson could fill in at either position. The lanky defender was drafted as a cornerback, made the move to strong safety, and now is essentially a chess piece in the Texans secondary.

His role is honestly pretty valuable, but with the Texans in limbo right now, they could realistically move on from any player. The Steelers need to be calling and see what it would take to bring in Johnson. He can continue to serve in that chess-piece role before taking on a full-time job at either strong safety or cornerback next season. The Steelers have to take advantage of a tanking Texans team right now.

Despite Johnson being a good defender, the Texans are in such disarray right now that anyone can likely be had for the right price as they seek a total rebuild. Assuming the team could land him for a mid-round pick or worse, he would be a no-brainer addition to the team. Johnson can wear a multitude of hats, and by early next season, he could settle into a starting spot on the team when this secondary loses a few more familiar faces after 2021.

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While the Steelers aren’t in a great position to win this season, a few more young pieces would help this roster compete. As well, some of these names, simply put, would be young options for the team to rely on down the road. All of this said, the Steelers have to be considering these five players at the trade deadline.