3 potential blockbuster trades that could transform the Steelers

Struggles will continue for Pittsburgh, but these three trades could really help the Steelers down the stretch.
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2. Steelers should trade for OT Trent Brown

So far, the offense has certainly been worse than the defense for the Pittsburgh Steelers. While I would love for this team to find a quality CB to pair with Joey Porter Jr. for the foreseeable future, I would also love to have a bookend right tackle to pair with Broderick Jones.

Trent Brown isn't going to be a long-term fix at the position. He's already had an excellent NFL career and is now 30 years old. If the Steelers are looking for a stop-gap starter, they could wait until after the 2023 season to bid on Brown in free agency, but that doesn't do them any good right now.

Though Broderick Jones shows promise as the future left tackle of this team, the Steelers need a significant upgrade over Chukwuma Okorafor on the right side of the offensive line. At 6'8'' and 370 pounds, Brown is a mammoth who can't be moved. He is currently grading out as the 9th-best offensive tackle in the NFL, per PFF, and he's just as good as a run blocker as he is as a pass protector.

You won't find many teams who are willing to trade away good offensive tackles, but the New England Patriots are somehow 1-5 to begin the year, and their playoff aspirations are already shattered. Like the Bears, the Patriots will also have loads of money to work with during the 2024 offseason, but Brown is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and they may not be willing to build around an offensive tackle in his 30s.

Brown would be just a temporary fix for the Steelers, but he would give them an enormous upgrade over what they have right now. If the price is right and New England is looking for draft capital, it would make sense for Pittsburgh to get a very good RT who can help protect Kenny Pickett much better than he has been protected so far.