On the same day the Pittsburgh Steelers dealt Chase Claypool to the Chicago Bears, they also played the role of buyers at the NFL’s trade deadline.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, they’re finalizing a trade for cornerback William Jackson III from the Washington Commanders.
Jackson III, who signed a $40.5M deal last year, comes at a cheap price for the Steelers. In fact, Tom Pelissero reports the teams will swap late-round draft picks to make the move happen.
After all, it’s a big contract the Steelers will be taking on. NFL teams expected Jackson III to be released if he wasn’t dealt at the deadline but Pittsburgh wasn’t going to let what happened in 2019 take place again.
Steelers Nation will remember the front office was high on the cornerback in 2016 when the Cincinnati Bengals took him ahead of them with the 24th overall pick.
Six years later, they get their guy.
The move also comes after A.J. Brown obliterated the Steelers’ secondary as he reminded the franchise they don’t have a legit CB1.
In the game, Ahkello Witherspoon was beaten time and time again by the Eagles’ wide receiver as he racked up 74 yards and two touchdowns in four catches (five targets) against the cornerback.
Jackson III could ensure that doesn’t happen against #1 receivers around the league again.
The former Commanders’ defensive back will likely be seeking a new deal in Pittsburgh as his contract expires after the 2023 season.
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