With the NFL trade deadline falling on Halloween this season, Pittsburgh Steelers fans who were hoping to see general manager Omar Khan make a bold move to improve his team got a trick instead of a treat.
The Steelers stood pat on what was a generally quiet NFL trade deadline day, failing to make a trade deadline move for the first time since 2019. The team will not make any in-season trades this year, the first time that has happened since 2018.
The lack of moves wasn’t for a lack of trying. The Steelers were reportedly involved in talks with the Chicago Bears for cornerback Jaylon Johnson, but Chicago ultimately decided to keep the disgruntled star, who had requested a trade.
The Steelers also appeared to be looking to make a move involving incumbent cornerback Levi Wallace, but he remains on the squad now that the 4 p.m. deadline has passed.
The Steelers will move forward with their secondary intact personnel-wise, but that doesn’t mean that it will be the same. Joey Porter Jr. will move into a starting role for the rest of the season, head coach Mike Tomlin and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said this week.
That could mean a move to the bench for Wallace, or it could also mean more of Patrick Peterson playing in the slot, or at free safety, where the team will be without All-Pro Minkah Fitzpatrick for at least this week’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
|Nov. 1, 2022*
|WR Chase Claypool
|2023 2nd Rd Pick (CB Joey Porter Jr.)
|Nov. 1, 2022*
|Conditional 2025 6th Rd Pick
|CB William Jackson III
2025 7th Rd Pick
|Nov. 2, 2021*
|OLB Melvin Ingram
|2022 6th Rd Pick (TE Connor Heyward)
|Nov. 2, 2020*
|2022 5th Rd Pick
|ILB Avery Williamson
2022 7th Rd Pick (ILB Mark Robinson)
|Sept. 25, 2019
|2020 5th Rd Pick
|TE Nick Vannett
|Sept. 16, 2019
|2020 1st Rd Pick
2020 5th Rd Pick
2021 6th Rd Pick
|S Minkah Fitzpatrick
2020 4th Rd Pick (OG Kevin Dotson)
2021 7th Rd Pick (S Tre Norwood)
|Sept. 9, 2019
|QB Josh Dobbs
|2020 5th Rd Pick (Traded to MIA)
|Oct. 2, 2013
|Conditional draft pick
|OT Levi Brown
* trades made at deadline. Adam Borst contributed research for this article.