The Steelers have holes that we have all written about ad nauseam. However, there are some players out there who might fill those holes. Please note that I have no idea how we could fit any player in under the current cap situation, but I will leave kk99 to discuss that for us in the comments or separate post.
I know that football is not baseball, and contenders don’t trade the future for a shot at the present. For this reason, and the cap limiting a team’s ability to take on a big contract for a one-year shot at the title, the NFL trade deadline is usually the most boring of all major sports. This year will likely be no different, but in my fantasy world where the Steelers don’t have to worry about cap space, and only have to trade picks, I thought I’d run over a few possibilities of players who can help bring Steel Town #7.
Champ Bailey for a 4th Round Pick
Champ is not living up to his huge 4-year contract he signed this offseason. The Broncos are rebuilding and could likely use the cap space afforded to them by trading Bailey. The one good part about Champ’s contract is that he is only owed $15 million guaranteed over the remainder of the contract. Having Champ and Ike line up opposite each other would give the Steelers a scary secondary, and improve upon a unit that has been one of the best in the NFL so far this year (at least in yards per game). I doubt this happens, as Champ is owed a lot of money and the Steelers have greater needs, but it is fun to think about.
Joey Porter for a Conditional 7th Round Pick
Porter adds nothing but pass-rush to a team anymore, but that may be what the Steelers need at the moment. Without Harrison, and with Woodley slowly heating up, bringing back Porter could send a jolt into the lineup and allow Timmons to play inside on most downs. We don’t need him to play the run, but we could use his leadership, swagger, and sack capabilities.
Marcus Trufant for a 6th Round Pick
Trufant is nothing special, and may be only a slight upgrade over McFadden when healthy, but McFadden isn’t healthy and William Gay needs to be out of the starting lineup. Trufant has a $3 million salary for 2011, so this would be a stretch, but he would be an upgrade.