Steelers must target Jordan Love
The Packers are in one of the most unique and franchise-altering spots when it comes to the quarterback position. Aaron Rodgers is one of the best to ever play, but there is a real chance he leaves this offseason. If he decides to stay, it seems like an almost certainty that Green Bay trades away former first-round pick Jordan Love.
If Love is truly on the move, the Steelers must be active callers. While Love has yet to prove much at the NFL level, he has all of the physical traits to be a capable starter. He is athletic in the pocket, can throw it deep, and has displayed good accuracy when not under pressure. He is far from a sure thing, but he has enough potential to warrant a quarterback-needing Pittsburgh team to come calling.
Reports have surfaced that the Packers don’t have a very high value on their former top pick and may trade him for a late-day three pick. I find that harder to believe as the league is always placing good value on quarterbacks, but a fourth-round pick may be enough to do the trick. If so, this is a smart move by the Steelers.
Love would have multiple years left on his rookie deal that would allow Pittsburgh the chance to start him over multiple seasons. While their offense is lacking right now, they could then use the resources they saved from trading a mid-round pick for Love to bolster the line and add some receiving threats.
The Packers, meanwhile, get something back for their failed investment that they can further use to strengthen the team around Rodgers. While Love would still go down as a bad pick for Green Bay, that blow would be softened due to recouping a pick for him. If Love is available in his rumored price range, this is a deal that makes a lot of sense.
The Steelers and Packers don’t have a long track record of trading together, but a move between the two parties makes sense in 2022. The Packers are looking to shed some cap space while the Steelers are trying to retool their team. Keep these three trade targets in mind as the offseason gets underway.