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Steelers target from Titans: QB Malik Willis

It was no secret that the Steelers liked Malik Willis last year when they were on the hunt for their next quarterback. The Liberty product was a classic high-ceiling, low-floor player coming out of the draft, as he had a strong arm and great athleticism but lacked the nuances of a typical quarterback. He was very much a developmental player.

That didn’t stop the Titans from playing him though when they needed him. Willis struggled, and now he appears to be out of favor with the team already. Will Levis was drafted to be the quarterback of the future, so unless the Titans keep three quarterbacks, Willis is likely to be cut.

While Willis struggled as a rookie, it was also well-known that he wasn’t pro-ready as a player. The Titans did him no favors by starting him. The Steelers would be a different story. Their top two quarterbacks are set, and while Mason Rudolph is a safe bet to be the third option, he also is expendable. His contract is easy to get out of and the odds of him going elsewhere don’t seem strong.

Willis could come in and sit for the year as he works on developing his game. Maybe he takes some steps forward and becomes a viable backup or even trade bait. There is no risk in adding him assuming he is cut, so the Steelers should be willing to give him a chance considering how interested they were in him last year.

Others considered: None