The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with the rest of the NFL, watched the yearly trade deadline come and go without even a sign of movement. However, the Steelers weren't done making moves.
WOW, Steelers make roster move: Claiming KR/WR Jacoby Jones and releasing Dri Archer.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) November 5, 2015
The Steelers made a splash today by releasing 2014 third round pick Dri Archer, and signing free agent Jacoby Jones. Jones played this season for the San Diego Chargers, but was a thorn in the side of the Steelers for years as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
Archer was only used as a kick return specialist, but had only brought one kickoff past the 40-yard line once in two seasons. The Steelers clearly are looking for a veteran player who could provide a spark when necessary, and Jones is the best player available at the position.
With Archer already having gained a full season of experience under his belt, he is no longer eligible for the practice squad. Therefore, if he clears waivers, he becomes a free agent. It seems the Steelers were fully prepared to cut ties with Archer if someone better became available, and that person did.
Archer might go down as one of the more head-scratching draft picks under the Kevin Colbert era. Blazing speed, yet a tiny frame equated to little chance of success for the speedster out of Kent State. Nonetheless, if Jones is able to give the Steelers good field position, and possibly return a kick for a touchdown, the trade off seems well worth it.