The Eagles are angry after the Steelers made a trade offer seeking to acquire their star quarterback, Nick Foles, who has been disgruntled with Philadelphia’s head coach. The Eagles refused and instead traded for Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes II in an aggressive move that would have cost them draft picks if it didn’t work out.
The NFL’s trade deadline is approaching and the Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly trying to acquire Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith. A team source told ESPN that “it would make sense for them to get a player like him.” The Steelers were looking at having an open roster spot until this week, when they claimed cornerback Malik Reaves off waivers from the New Orleans Saints
The Pittsburgh Steelers were in an unusual situation leading up to the NFL trade deadline.
On the one hand, they were 4-3 and solidly in contention for an AFC playoff berth. On the other hand, Ben Roethlisberger was visibly regressing, indicating that a full-fledged reconstruction was imminent. For over two decades, the Steelers haven’t played without “Big Ben.” It would be a big choice to leave him.
Melvin Ingram was traded by the Steelers to the Kansas City Chiefs.
It seemed like Pittsburgh was heading in the path of rebuilding as the activity heated up in the final hours before the deadline. Melvin Ingram, a recent free agency signing, was dealt to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a late-round draft selection.
A move like this usually indicates that the front office is getting ready for the summer. Despite the fact that Ingram didn’t play a big part in the Steelers’ defense, he’s still a vital experienced pass rusher.
However, indications arose a few days before the deadline indicating Pittsburgh was more aggressive than previously thought. Active in terms of bringing in talent rather than letting it go.
The Steelers discussed DT Fletcher Cox with the Eagles.
Would you have supported the Steelers moving Fletcher Cox for their 2022 third-round pick?
November 7, 2021 — Michael Beck (@MichaelBeck56)
According to CBS’ Jason La Canfora, the Steelers discussed defensive lineman Fletcher Cox’s availability with the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to the deadline, the Eagles began secretly shopping Cox. However, according to La Canfora’s source, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia discussed draft compensation.
…before to last week’s deadline, the Steelers had negotiations with the Eagles about perennial Pro Bowl tackle Fletcher Cox, league sources claimed, but the two sides couldn’t agree on a price.
According to insiders, the Eagles were mostly interested in transferring players with expiring contracts, although Cox was mentioned in several talks, with the Steelers expressing interest. Pittsburgh’s financial position is tight, but Cox’s newly revised contract gave the club the freedom it needed to acquire a player like him. According to insiders, prying Cox away would have needed at least a third-round selection, which the Steelers were unwilling to give up.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora
Is Pittsburgh attempting to compete in the future?
Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers | Jason Miller/Getty Images
Due to Roethlisberger’s progressively deteriorating skills, the Steelers should be preparing for a major rebuild in the near future. Being in the running for someone like Cox, on the other hand, implies different.
Cox is one of the league’s highest-paid defensive linemen ($17.1 million per year) despite the fact that he is beyond his peak. Cox had just one sack this season after trying to adjust to Philadelphia’s new system. In December, he will also celebrate his 31st birthday.
Needless to say, he isn’t a guy that a rebuilding club would be interested in. Cox is more of a player to pursue if you want to go all-in on a Super Bowl run, much as the Los Angeles Rams did with defensive end Von Miller.
In the end, the Steelers turned on the chance to acquire Fletcher Cox in exchange for a third-round pick. Their involvement, on the other hand, presents a picture of a front office wanting to extend their competitive window for a few more seasons.
The way Pittsburgh addresses the summer will be fascinating to see. They could simply revisit the Cox conversation after his cap number drops, or they may look for other veterans to contend in 2022.
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