Clelin Ferrell could be a chess piece for the Steelers
It’s not often that a former 4th overall pick becomes available for trade while still on his rookie contract, but thanks to the emergence of Maxx Crosby, the Las Vegas Raiders might make Clelin Ferrell available for trade. As mentioned, the Steelers could use a massive boost in depth at edge defender, but Ferrell could be more than just that.
With the Raiders, Ferrell does much of his work on the interior defensive line. At 6’4” and 265 pounds, the Steelers could play him on the edge in base run downs and kick him inside to offer more speed and mobility in passing situations. This would allow Pittsburgh to go with a lighter, quicker lineup on third downs.
Ferrell has never come close to living up to his former draft status, but he’s still a quality player with good versatility and quality run defense. Ferrell is on the last year of his rookie contract and is set to hit the market in 2023, but at just 25 years old, Pittsburgh could elect to offer him a contract extension following the 2022 season if they like what they see.
Again, I am not in favor of the Steelers trading valuable draft capital in an effort to keep their head above water this season. I would rather them work on building a roster for the future. However, we have seen Pittsburgh make here-and-now moves like this in the past, and I wouldn’t put it past them to make a trade like one of these before the November 1st trade deadline.