5 positions the Steelers could trade for to improve their depth

Robert Quinn #94 of the Chicago Bears. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Robert Quinn #94 of the Chicago Bears. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) /
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Outside linebacker Robert Quinn #94 of the Chicago Bears reacts after a victory. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) /

Outside linebacker/edge depth is very thin for the Steelers at the moment

The edge position is one of the most important spots on any defense in the NFL. They do a lot of different things that include getting after the passer and setting up a wall to stop the opposition’s running game. The Steelers have a star player now and another starter that is showing some nice promise.

T.J. Watt is coming off an NFL record-setting season after tying Michael Strahan for most sacks in a season. He missed a few games but still made history on his way to a Defensive Player of the Year award. Alex Highsmith showed to be a reliable starter opposite of Watt and has gained the right to that spot again in 2022.

Those two are not the issue with the outside linebacker position for Pittsburgh, it is what lacks behind them. There is little to no depth lurking in the shadows and if one of these starters miss time, that will make this defense crumble. They need a veteran player that would accept a third spot role for this defense and this club might be able to find that on the trade market.

Robert Quinn used to be one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL until he left the Rams. He had a couple of down years but had a nice rebound season with the Chicago Bears in 2021. The money would be a tough fit but having him or someone with his caliber would be perfect for this club.