Zach Wilson could still be a trade target for the Steelers to go after

The Steelers should trade for Zach Wilson to compete for their last roster spot at quarterback.
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Pittsburgh has completely redone their quarterback room this offseason. They have Russell Wilson penciled in as the starter heading into the preseason process. Justin Fields was acquired via trade from the Bears for a late-round pick. He will have a small chance to compete for the starting job. Fields will likely have a year to learn and develop behind Wilson.

Kyle Allen was a late addition in free agency to fill out the quarterback room. Even though he was added, his roster spot should not be given to him. We know the Steelers have expressed varying interest in potential free agents and upcoming undrafted free agents to push Allen for his spot. One route Pittsburgh could go is adding another quarterback via trade.

It has been an unprecedented offseason for the black and gold as they remained active. They seem primed to do whatever it takes to improve their team, and they might consider a trade to bring in Zach Wilson to potentially develop in the third-string role behind the top two quarterbacks. It would be a pretty good quarterback room, even though Wilson has struggled during his young career.

A Zach Wilson trade to the Steelers could still make a ton of sense

It is crazy to think that Zach Wilson is still younger than Kenny Pickett, even though he was drafted a year before him. Wilson hasn't had a great NFL career to date. He was a second overall pick back in the 2021 NFL Draft. Things have not worked out for Wilson with the Jets, and it sounds like New York would be willing to trade him for next to nothing.

Draft pedigree is something Mike Tomlin likes in player acquisition. Wilson certainly has that, and it wouldn't cost much to acquire him. If Wilson would be traded to Pittsburgh, don't expect him to turn into a franchise guy. He is still young, so he does have some room for development. Much like the idea behind the Fields addition, both could develop further with a more stable environment.

Last offseason was a circus for the Jets after they got Aaron Rodgers to join their crew. It was meant to be a learning season for Wilson, who they thought could develop and become a reliable starter much like Jordan Love in Green Bay. That plan seemed to be going well during the preseason last year until Rodgers was lost to the season due to a torn Achilles in week one. Wilson was thrust back into the starting role.

It didn't work well for New York or Wilson as he couldn't become the new type of starter that the Jets were hoping for. Maybe he didn't have enough time to learn behind Rodgers before taking back that role. It seems like his stay in New York might have to continue unless a team comes out of nowhere to scoop him up. Pittsburgh might be the perfect place for him.

If the Jets were willing to trade Wilson to the Steelers for a conditional seventh-round selection in next year's draft then it would make a ton of sense. Adding someone like Wilson would likely mean Allen would be off the team after the preseason. The Steelers showed last year that you could use three quarterbacks with starting experience and adding Wilson would solidify their group even though his starts haven't been great in the NFL as a whole.

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