Working on the Phones: Pittsburgh Names You Might Consider Trading for Beef Up Front 7

After Stefon’s tweet became official, many fans and analysts alike were already scouring the free-agent market for potential alternative options that the Pittsburgh Steelers should consider. While some names like Nick Williams and Sheldon Richardson make senseHowever, the others brought to the fore didn’t really match the Steelers system to play that base 3-4 DE that could start inside in sub-packs.

While free agency is one avenue Pittsburgh can consider using to calculate a Tuitt loss, the option to trade a player on another player’s list should also be considered. Given that Pittsburgh already holds six defensive men this number to make the roster in Cam Heyward, Tyson Alualo, Chris Wormley, Montravius ​​Adams, Isaiah Loudermilk and Demarvin Lille, the likelihood of Pittsburgh trading someone pre-regular season may be slim.

However, Pittsburgh has shown a willingness to trade for players in a position of need in the past that they had prior interest in or enter contract years in positions of need such as Justin Gilbert, Vance MacDonald, JJ Wilcox, Akello Witherspoon and Joe. Schubert.

Thus, it is reasonable that Pittsburgh will be looking to add someone from another organization this summer, if the price is right. For this exercise, I will list several names that it might make sense to target Pittsburgh in a potential deal to strengthen the defensive front. Three of the names will tackle the defensive line and three more will address the EDGE position as there is no proven depth behind established starters TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith. So, sit down, get your popcorn, and let’s dive in, ladies and gentlemen.

Ravens Edge Gaylon Ferguson (26 years old)

The suggestion that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens could agree on an intra-division trade is usually dropped immediately. However, we only saw such trade happen a couple of years ago when Pittsburgh acquired DL Chris Wormley from the Ravens for a fifth-round draft pick. Ferguson is exactly the same age as Wormley when he was dealt with Pittsburgh and is entering the last year of his rookie contract. Ferguson was also a former third-round pick by the Ravens just like Wormley, who dominated the college game at Louisiana Tech by posting 45 sacks and 67.5 TFL during his college career. However, having started nine games in his rookie season, Ferguson has played just 434 shots since 2020 and 2021 combined.

With Odafe Oweh and Tyus Bowser as expected starters and Baltimore selection David Ojabo in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Ferguson will likely face his final season in Baltimore as a reserve/rotating player. Given the lack of depth in the OLB position and the potential cost of a conditional late-round pick to get Ferguson out of the Ravens’ hands, he presents an intriguing option that could push Genard Avery to EDGE #3. Although he didn’t play at all last season, Ferguson had Ten starts, 4.5 sacks, 13 TFLs, and two forced fouls in his first two seasons. If Pittsburgh were not sold to the men they had in the house, Ferguson a man of pedigree would probably be on the cheap.

Colts Edge Ben Banujo (26 years old)

Similar story here with Colts EDGE Ben Banogu as Ferguson who finds himself buried on an Indianapolis depth chart. Selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft from the TCU where he posted 8.5 sacks in consecutive seasons to end his college career, Banogu contributed to the spinning pass as a rookie, playing 271 shots and scoring three TFLs, 2.5 sacks, five hits QB, PBU, and forced stumble. In the last two seasons combined, Banogu played a meager number of 168 shots in defense, posting just eight total tackles without TFLs or sacks. Sitting behind Kwity Paye, Yannick Ngakoue, Dayo Odeyingbo and Tyquan Lewis, Banogu is in danger The list is not working in college.

Pittsburgh could see if Banogu was cut during training camp rather than detached from a sixth or seventh-round pick for him, but the price tag would be minimal to get a player they should care about during the pre-draft process, Bring it on a pre-draft visit. It also matches the athletic look the Steelers are looking for in a fast EDGE game, standing 6034, 250 pounds with 33 5/8 sticks, 4.62 40″ and 40″ diameter, 11 feet 2″ wide. Due to pedigree and past interest, Banogu could have been earned for pennies and in to pay Avery, Tuzar Skipper, and Derrek Tuszka for spare EDGE points and serve as a spinner.

Bears Edge Jeremiah Ataucho (29 years old)

More on the older side of things, but still less than 30 years old, Bears EDGE Jeremiah Attaochu is another name that could help cement the depth of OLB’s position behind Watt and Highsmith. In the previous second round by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2014, Attaochu starred at Georgia Tech, firing QB 31.5 times during his college career, and becoming the school’s all-time leader. Standing at 6’3, 262 pounds with a 33-inch arm and 4.58 40, Attaochu hasn’t developed into a full-time player in the league but has become a spinner capable of spinning, spreading 20.5 sacks and 31 TFLs while vaulting with Chargers, Jets, Broncos and Bears.

With a base salary of $2.45 million in 2022 and a ceiling figure of $3.1 million according to over the coverAttaochu could be an affordable option to get from Chicago which is going through an obvious rebuilding process and has already given up many veterans. With Al-Quadin Muhammad, Trevis Gipson, Robert Quinn, Mario Edwards Jr and rookie Dominique Robinson all in the fold, Attaochu’s asking price should be nothing more than a conditional late round pick or a barter pick for Pittsburgh to get it. He will be able to bring more experience and mathematical prowess to get a QB when Watt or Highsmith needs a break like EDGE3 or EDGE4.

Jaguars DL Adam Gotsis (29 years old)

Switching to the defensive line, and more specifically, Pittsburgh’s defensive end. One name that matches what Pittsburgh is looking for from a size/height perspective is Jaguars DL Adam Gotsis. Another Georgia Tech yellow jacket, Gotsis stands at 6’4, 287 pounds with 34 1/8-inch arms and 10 3/4-inch hands, to fit the Steelers 4i Tech die. He was drafted in the second round by the Denver Broncos in 2016 and has since started 46 of the 89 games played in the NFL for the Broncos and Jaguars. Being more of a running defender than a rusher, Gotsis has not topped 56% of picks in any season and has 173 total stops, 19 TFLs, eight sacks, 16 PBUs, and three forced fumbles on his resume.

Given the new coaching staff in Jacksonville and the fact that Gotsis has Roy Robertson-Harris, Dhawan Smoot, Jay Toveli, Malcolm Brown and Floronso Fatocassi on the depth chart, the 30-year-old will likely be seen. as consumable. He holds a base salary of $1035 million in 2022 with a cap of $1.435 million according to over the cover, which means it can be a cheap spinning piece that can give meaningful shots as a running defender while working as a man who can push a jeep and raise his hands in passing lanes as a passing defender. Depending on where Pittsburgh is located in the Loudermilk and Leal development, Gotsis can be acquired at a potentially low price and play meaningful shots up front.

Dolphin DL Adam Butler (28 years old)

I remember watching the New England Patriots defense several years ago and watching Adam Butler rip them along the defensive line thinking”Who the heck is this guy?Butler is a former UDFA from Vanderbilt in 2017 who made the list after a fruitful pre-season. In four seasons with the Patriots while playing both as a nose tackle and base DE in their chart, Butler appeared in 63 regular season games with 12 starts, recording 96 tackles, 20 TFLs, 27 hits QB, 15 sacks, 12 PBUs, and one forced fumble. He signed with the Miami Dolphins last season, alternating 53% of picks and posting 17 stops, two TFLs, two bags, and three PBUs.

Butler has the size/height profile the Steelers are looking for in DE, standing 6’5, 295 pounds, but also has experience lining up as a nose handler. He plays with impressive soccer pursuit, has good playing power and an explosion. With Zach Sieler, Raekwon Davis, John Jenkins and Christian Wilkins all on the DL depth chart for Miami, the Dolphins might feel they could move on from Butler given his $4.15 million ($3.41 base salary) in 2022 for being a rotating player. His numbers slipped a bit last season, but Butler proved to be productive as a quick defender and an inside pass when he got the chance in New England.

Given the proper scheme, his talent and his age, and his ties to Brian Flores who coached him in both New England and Miami, Butler could be a lesser known player in terms of name value but could offer a solid up front play compared to the more popular options in the commercial market or In free agency.

Leaders Del Darwin Payne (25 years old)

Let me preface this by saying the following: I’m not saying that the Steelers will actively try to get DL leaders Darwin Payne. There, now out of the way, let me share with you why this move could be reasonablewhile still the least Possible Among all the options listed.

First, Pittsburgh undoubtedly took a head start with Tweet’s loss of retirement. Secondly, Pine expressed himself Resentment of the lack of an extension of the contract Loaded leaders along the defensive front, having already re-signed Jonathan Allen to a major extension and having the likes of Chase Young and Montez Sweet, also need to account for the re-signing. Third, Washington spent a major venture capital on last Alabama DL Phildarian Mathis in the 2022 NFL Draft, picking him in the second round when they clearly had other pressing needs to contend with on the roster.

Combine these factors with the fact that DL coach Karl Dunbar coached Paine while in Alabama, where Paine was able to move up and down the defensive line, and recent investment in Alabama alumni including Levi Wallace, Nagy Harris, JC Hasnauer and Minka Fitzpatrick who Pittsburgh also broke with a top venture capital project to get him from Miami when he was disgruntled with his role, and you see a situation where trading for Payne might actually make sense. He is only 25 years old and is one of the best running defenders in the league. The 6’3, 320-pound defender has 227 total tackles, 22 TFLs, 14.5 sacks, 35 hit QBs, nine PBUs, 4 forced tackles, three intermittent recoveries and one INT in his first four seasons in the NFL.

Acquiring a player of Pine caliber will likely cost Pittsburgh at least a second round of draft pick as well as a contract extension with him being a Year 5 option in 2022. However, being a good defender who can play both bases end/sub-package DT in 2022 for Pittsburgh and moving to his traditional NT position in 2023 to replace Alualu if re-signed, Payne could follow in the footsteps of former Crimson Tide teammates like Fitzpatrick as a player who could be Pittsburgh’s long-term solution along the defensive line with a proven commodity that could Dunbar guarantees it. If Pittsburgh is dead dead on its way to beefing up a running defense and getting a player who can build, calling out Washington about Payne’s availability might make sense.

What do you think about the above names as potential business targets for Pittsburgh? Do you think that these players will be suitable, or are they not worth giving up the capital project for the sake of it? Should Pittsburgh consider acquiring a DL or EDGE by trade before the 2022 season? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below and thanks again for reading!