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This Lions-Steelers Trade for first-rounder draft Could Provide Pittsburgh With Another Intriguing LB Project

The former first-rounder the Steelers should take a chance on signing

 

The Steelers might need to start thinking about their future at linebacker given the circumstances.

 

Bud Dupree is playing under the franchise tag and TJ Watt is in need of a new contract. Why not take a chance on this former first-round pick?

 

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Lions are not picking the fifth-year option on linebacker Jarrad Davis.

 

“The #Lions are not expected to pick up the fifth-year option for 2017 first-round LB Jarrad Davis, source said. Davis now becomes a free agent after the 2020 season.”

The Steelers have a long line of success in getting the best out of projectes. Davis could be their next success project.

 

Davis struggles in coverage, but could be a rotating piece that could backup Watt and Dupree this season. If Davis can prove himself, maybe he could be a core component of the 2021 team.

 

Davis is a cheap option and would make just under $2 million next season. To acquire him, it would cost the team a fifth-round pick.

 

Either way, the Steelers either need to sign a replacement or develop a linebacker.

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday that they will pick up the fifth-year option on the linebacker’s rookie contract. This comes as no surprise given how cheap his production cost the team last year.

 

In 2019, Watt finished with 14.5 sacks, 36 quarterback hits, eight passes defended, four fumble recoveries, and eight forced fumbles on his way to earning All-Pro nods and the team’s MVP. The former No. 30 overall pick in 2017 has developed into one of the best defensive players in the country.

 

Watt was one of the main cogs that helped lead the defensive effort and the All-Pro is on pace for a massive payday.

 

His rookie deal will expire after this season. Keeping the 25-year old is worth it compared to paying Big Ben $41.25 million next season. Rumors have already circulated that if the Steelers do not restructure their quarterbacks contract, Watt could be leaving after 2020.

 

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