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Steelers trade Up For Malik Willis
The Steelers have many needs; do not doubt that. There are three ways to fill those needs: through trades, finding quality free agents, or bringing back your veterans. In essence, the Steelers, except for trade, have found replacements and brought back the guys they wanted. Plus, they did it in a fiscally responsible manner. They no longer need to rely on the draft as much; thus, they could now burn draft capital and move up to get a player they really want.
Despite the early move for Trubisky, there seems to be little doubt the Steelers want Malik Willis Willis as their future franchise quarterback. The fact is that the rumors began circulating just after the Senior Bowl. How accurate are the rumors? Well, that’s not always easy to gauge. While they have not directly come out and said it their actions still seem to indicate they are making moves to allow them to trade up.
Even the Steelers organization had to know the Trubisky signing would be highly scrutinized as a lackluster choice, to say the least. For starters, they only signed Trubisky to a two-year deal.b Meaning they either think he is just going to be a bridge quarterback unless something spectacular happens. In the process of signing Trubisky, they already nixed Mason Rudolph from the starting role when they said it would be an open competition. Plus, with all their offseason moves so far, they are in a much better place to burn draft capital if they need to.
So if all of this is a precursor, then it would point to a trade-up to get Willis. So why all the hoopla over Willis then?