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Terrible Towel Tales: Steelers get asking price for Justin Fields

Steelers news and commentary Wednesday, January 3rd

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Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

The Steelers’ pursuit of a playoff berth in the present has led to questions about the future | Will Graves, AP

Mike Tomlin doesn’t want to talk about the future. Mason Rudolph or Kenny Pickett either.

Considering the Pittsburgh Steelers still have plenty to play for when their topsy-turvy regular season wraps up on Saturday in Baltimore with a chance to inch toward a playoff berth that seemed unlikely just two weeks ago, that’s probably wise.

There’s still plenty on the line — in the short term anyway — for a team that has ping-ponged between intriguing and inert for four solid months. The Steelers can reach the postseason in multiple ways, most of them reliant on beating the Ravens (13-3) and getting help on Sunday from either Tennessee or Miami.

Steelers Get Informal Asking Price for Justin Fields | Noah Strackbein, All Steelers

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has now revealed there’s a belief Chicago would ask for less than a first-round pick.

“The consensus in an informal poll of league evaluators is that Fields would be worth a second- or third-round pick in a pre-draft trade,” Fowler writes.

Lions Cut Former Steelers DT | Noah Strackbein

The Detroit Lions are moving on from former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs just before the playoffs. According to NFL Network’s Tom Peliserro, the team has waived the former sixth-round pick to make room for a returning defender.

Buggs joined the Lions last season after his release from the Steelers in 2021. He played 27 games since then, including 16 starts. This season, he played 10 games and started three, recording 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery.