The Pittsburgh Steelers had a good situation on their hands at offensive tackle. They had several capable players, but not enough roster spots. Usually when this happens another team will inquire about a player and see if there could be a trade in the works.
It seems the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the team who wanted some offensive line depth, and they got it in the form of Jerald Hawkins.
This per Rick Stroud:
Bucs have traded for Steelers OT Jerald Hawkins— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 31, 2019
As for what the Steelers get in return for Hawkins, Greg Auman who covers the Buccaneers for The Athletic states the teams will swap late round picks in the 2021 draft.
I can confirm Bucs have traded for Steelers tackle Jerald Hawkins, Pittsburgh's fourth-round pick in 2016. Upgrades their offensive line depth. Bucs and Steelers will swap late-round picks in 2021 draft. @NFLstroud had it first.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 31, 2019
This is a good deal for the Steelers based on the fact it was unlikely Hawkins would even make the team’s 53-man roster. With Matt Feiler winning the right tackle job, and Zach Banner and Chukwuma Okorafor being there as added depth, Hawkins became expendable. Getting something for a player who would otherwise become a free agent is a win for the organization.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news on this trade, what exactly the compensation was for Hawkins, and any other moves the Steelers make leading up to the roster cut down deadline of 4 p.m. ET.
The Steelers have made the trade official, and announced the trade compensation: