Nay: They do not need to add an edge rusher before the NFL Trade Deadline
Some have floated the idea of the Steelers trying to reach and acquire a potential edge rusher. It makes little to no sense for the club to trade for an outside linebacker this year. Both T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith are healthy and firing on all cylinders. The only way Pittsburgh should consider a deal is if Watt or Highsmith were to get hurt this Sunday against the Jaguars.
Even if one of them misses time, both Markus Golden and Nick Herbig are waiting in the wings for bigger roles. It would not be ideal to have Golden or Herbig in a starting role, but Herbig is starting to grow into a quality young player. The Steelers will not trade for one of the top edge rushers on the trade block, and they should avoid the position.
Brian Burns of the Carolina Panthers is the top target on most trade boards before the deadline passes. He would likely cost a lot of picks to acquire, and he is searching for a contract extension once this campaign concludes. It makes little sense for the Steelers as Burns is a starter and would be nothing more than a role player in Pittsburgh.
Another name that has gained plenty of interest since this past offseason has been Chase Young of the Washington Commanders. He is a quality player when healthy, but he has not been able to stay on the field. He is looking for a new contract between now and this upcoming offseason, which is another negative. Young and the Steelers make more sense than Burns, but the black and gold will pass.