As we approach the NFL’s trade deadline the inevitable rumors surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers pop up. Unlike a year ago, when the Steelers dealt for Avery Williamson, nothing appears to be a pressing need nor do they have a distinct ‘buyer’ or ‘seller’ status. It looks like it will be another quiet deadline for the black and gold; however, some stories have popped up and have been compiled below.
Teams calling on Melvin Ingram
Teams across the NFL are in need of pass rush help, and the Steelers have some surplus at the position. So, it really wasn't that surprising teams have called the Steelers to check on the availability of Melvin Ingram. Ingram has been the Steelers number three outside linebacker and his snaps have fallen off a bit. This would leave the Steelers very thin at the position so it doesn't make a ton of sense unless someone would offer the Steelers something crazy for him. Also we need to keep in mind the void years left on his deal the Steelers could be keen to move off of and save money in the future, so never say never.
Deshaun Watson is not the only intriguing name who could be traded before the deadline. Others: Melvin Ingram (#Steelers), LJ Collier (#Seahawks), Andre Dillard (#Eagles), Kyle Fuller (#Broncos), Andy Isabella (#AZCardinals), Marlon Mack (#Colts).— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2021
Steelers had interest in another Edge rusher
Maybe the Steelers were interested in making a move on Ingram because they had been in on Whitney Mercilus before he signed with the Green Bay Packers. Having a fourth starting capable guy really doesn't make a ton of sense with other holes on the roster, so perhaps the Steelers wanted Mercilus to play the Ingram roll and deal the former Los Angeles Charger.
Whitney Mercilus, joining Green Bay Packers, per a league source, also considered the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. https://t.co/nwW9WcqQaV— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 20, 2021
Tuitt still a while from returning
Stephon Tuitt went on the Injured Reserve (IR) during training camp for a knee injury while also getting some time off to grieve the tragic loss of his brother from a car accident earlier in the year. There was some optimism he would back earlier in the year, but it does look like the stud defensive end will be back in the future. The Steelers defense definitely misses him, and even more so following the loss of Tyson Alualu, his presence will be noticed.
Tomlin: No update on Stephon Tuitt. Says his return is not imminent, that it's going well, but he won't be available this week. #Steelers— Christopher Carter (@CarterCritiques) October 26, 2021
The Haden to the Cowboys rumor is bogus
Dating back a couple weeks a random fan post from the Dallas Cowboys was misinterpreted by Steelers fans as a deal in the works. But no, there hasn't been anything behind the Joe Haden to the Cowboys rumor, and something that needs to go to bed. Let’s not worry about things that were fabricated out of thin air.
But what do you think? Will the Steelers make any deals before the dead line? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.