3. The Steelers could trade with the Texans
In a similar vein to the Titans, the Texans are seemingly on the right path and have their quarterback of the future. C.J. Stroud has been electric as a rookie and looks the part of the next elite gunslinger. The next step is loading up the team around him.
Stroud will have a very manageable cap hit over the next few seasons, and with him looking so good so early on, the Texans can go all in this offseason. Aggressive spending to add as much talent as possible is likely. This should include adding to the receiver room. Tank Dell has looked good but lacks size. Nico Collins has played well but isn’t the talent that Pickens is.
Houston also has the benefit of a plethora of draft capital. The Deshaun Watson trade has provided the team with a slew of resources to work with. With their quarterback situation worked out, they won’t need to move around and up in order to get their guy. Instead, they can use those resources to bring in a potentially elite receiver.
While the Texans have a few good-quality weapons already, Pickens can put them over the top. The AFC is a hotbed of talent right now, and if the Texans want to take that step into elite territory, they need to aggressively add talent. They have a real shot to go from zeros to heroes in just a few seasons, and Pickens can help them in that regard.