Steelers should pursue Chandler Jones in 2022
Having An explosive pass rush is a requirement for Keith Butler’s defense. Sacking the quarterback is how Pittsburgh keeps its rigid demeanor. Strong defenses have led the Steelers to good fortunes in years past and are now a prominent part of the team’s signature.
T.J Watt has become Pittsburgh’s signature player.
It has been his relentless pursuit of opposing quarterbacks that have kept the Steelers above water. According to ESPN.com, T.J Watt’s 8.5 sacks this season is tied for second among his peers.
Melvin Ingram III was supposed to provide a similar rush on the opposite side. After weeks of underperforming, the Steelers front office decided to cut their losses. Ingrams ten total tackles were not enough to remain a member of the iconic Steel Curtain.
Pittsburgh will need to find a temporary solution for its edge-rushing problems. Chandler Jones is the most skilled player available. Versatility will be something that the ten-year veteran can contribute. The New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals have seen Jones make plays from inside and outside positions. His 102 career sacks speak for themselves. The addition of another pass rusher could elevate Pittsburgh’s defense.
A trade deadline is a tool that allows teams to readjust mid-season. Teams could make significant improvements within a week if done correctly. Franchises that miss the trade deadline must wait until the off-season. The benefits of planning future trades now will pay off.