4 reasons Steelers need to make splash trade for Justin Fields in 2024

Pittsburgh has to go all-in next offseason.

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3. Fields brings a unique skill set

The Steelers have seen firsthand what it's like to try and defend one of the league's best dual-threat quarterbacks in Lamar Jackson. For a few years now, Pittsburgh has had to face this guy twice per season and they will tell you just how difficult it can be to contain him.

But now, Pittsburgh would have their answer on their side in Fields. Just last year, Fields finished with over 1,100 rushing yards, becoming only the third quarterback ever to gain over 1,000 on the ground. The guy is a walking, talking big play waiting to happen.

Not only can Fields electrify with his legs, but the man can throw the football. Contrary to some of his critics' belief, Fields is an adequate passer in this league. Don't forget, coming out of college, Pro Football Focus graded him as the best thrower past the sticks -- and that's the best ever, not just his class.

For the Steelers offense to get this added dimension would mean an uptick for everyone around him. George Pickens could skyrocket in terms of production. Jaylen Warren becomes even more of a threat on passing downs. Defenses have to respect Fields' dual-threat ability before they focus on any other playmaker surrounding him.