The NFL trade deadline is just two weeks away, and Pro Football Focus believes a pair of veteran Steelers could be dealt.
PFF’s Brad Spielberger is eyeing cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Eric Ebron as potential trade candidates the Steelers could ship elsewhere.
For Haden, Spielberger sees the 12-year veteran as a target for the Super Bowl-or-bust Green Bay Packers, and thinks the Steelers could get 2022 fifth round pick in return. Pittsburgh would send a seventh rounder along with Haden in the hypothetical.
“The Packers did invest their first-round pick in former Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes, but if they’re serious about a deep playoff push for the #LastDance, an addition may be necessary to contain the NFC playoff contenders loaded with receiving weapons,” Spielberger writes. “Haden has a solid 64.0 coverage grade in his 12th NFL season, but after seeking an extension this offseason that Pittsburgh declined to offer, perhaps both sides can get a jumpstart on their 2022 offseason.”
Haden has totaled ten interceptions and 50 passes defended over his five seasons with Pittsburgh. He has two pass breakups and a forced fumble in 2021.
With regards to Ebron, PFF sees a fit in the San Francisco 49ers, who recently placed star tight end George Kittle on injured reserve.
“The loss of wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will in theory mean more targets over the middle headed Ebron’s way, but Ben Roethlisberger has largely avoided throwing over the middle of the field all season,” Spielberger writes. “Ebron would perhaps get to start for a stretch while Kittle is on the mend and then eventually be the second tight end in two tight end sets as a pass-catcher with nowhere near the blocking ability of Kittle.”
After catching 56 passes for 558 yards and five touchdowns in 2020, Ebron has only seven receptions for 47 yards through six games.
The NFL Trade Deadline is just two weeks away and there’s more moves to be made as the playoff picture takes shape. Full breakdowns for:— Brad Spielberger (@PFF_Brad) October 18, 2021
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