Long known as a team that did very little wheeling and dealing, the Pittsburgh Steelers have already shown in 2015 that they now seem to be willing to pull the trigger. They traded a pick for cornerback Brandon Boykin (don’t get me started) and traded a pick for kicker Josh Scobee. Now I am starting to wonder if the team isn’t in the market for yet another deal.
Somewhat lost in the debacle that was the Steelers’ overtime loss to Baltimore was the fact the Ravens rushed for 190 yards. Mike Tomlin said this week that he blames part of that on the fact the defense was too focused on “getting to the quarterback.” Regardless of what I think of that comment, what Tomlin should have focused on was his complete lack of depth on his defensive line.
Stephon Tuitt and Cam Heyward both gave the Steelers everything they had but they wore down. When Cam Thomas entered the game, the Ravens’ offensive line quietly started to giggle in the huddle. I’m of the opinion that Thomas needs to go. Would someone take him in a trade? It’s doubtful but don’t you at least have to try?
My guess is that any trade the Steelers would make would probably involve trying to get a draft pick back. They are currently without a sixth and will likely be without a fifth unless they suddenly realize Boykin is in fact on their roster. At this point, I could care less about gaining a draft pick back as valuable as they are.
I would much rather see a seasoned defensive lineman brought in who could spell Tuitt and Heyward and that someone of course would have to do it much better than Thomas. There’s the rub because would anyone you trade Thomas for be any better than him? Maybe.
Another way to add depth on the line is to offer up Boykin. If you aren’t going to use him then get something for him while you still can. What about Dri Archer? With Martavis Bryant back, Archer slips down the wideout depth chart and with Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams and Jordan Todman ahead of him at running back what purpose does he serve?
Well, he does do a nice job of watching kickoffs sail over his head…
Earlier this week, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome went out and traded to get some wide receiver help and it cost him a conditional pick. Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert would be wise to do the same but instead of a receiver, how about some defensive line help?
Then again we don’t have much in the way of picks to spare now do we?