The Pittsburgh Steelers are a “reasonable” landing spot for one of the top young defenders, according to one analyst.
As noted by CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin, Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals found himself embroiled in a contract dispute with his current team. Both sides are at an impasse for a deal and Murray is unlikely to play in Arizona without a new deal. According to Benjamin, the Steelers are a potential landing spot for a disgruntled defender.
“They only pay for Mitchell Trubisky’s premium backup, and they’re certainly not guaranteed a talent equal to the 20th pick overall. With a playoff-ready defense and an improved O-line. friendly, the addition of Murray could immediately take them deeper into the knockout stages,” said Benjamin. “The problem is, their first move is later and they don’t have many other additional options to deal with.”
Steelers still looking for more midfielders
Despite adding Mitch Trubisky to the free management company, the Steelers are still looking for the quarterback. The Steelers have an unclear situation in midfield with the inconsistent Mason Rudolph – he was substituted in 2019 as a starter in place of untrained free agent Devlin Hodges – and Trubisky , who spent last season as a reserve for the Buffalo Bills.
General Manager Kevin Colbert previously mentioned earlier in the season that the plan was for the Steelers to enter training camp with four quarterbacks.
Via Brooke Pryor of ESPN:
“We knew we were going to fill the position,” Colbert said back in February. “I can’t tell you how at this point. We will go camping with four people. If we have to start today with Mason as the starter, let’s go. We will try to build the best team around him. ”
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What Murray brings to the table
Murray is currently at the pinnacle of his game, having led the Cardinals to their first post-season stop in six years. The 24-year-old will make his second consecutive Pro Bowl pick after throwing 24 touchdowns and scoring a career-high 100.6 quarter hit and a 69.2% completion rate.
While it’s hard to envision a scenario where the Cardinals and Murray ultimately fail to settle their differences, it’s worth mentioning that the Texan Texan recently traded 26-year-old Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns. If contract negotiations continue to stalemate, the situation could worsen and Murray could refuse to play – as Watson previously did while sitting out the 2021 season with the Texas team.
Although Murray only held a 22-23-1 record at the start, his yield and cap are hard to ignore. According to Pro Football Focus, Murray’s strike score of 84.0 last season ranked seventh among all midfielders, while his passing score of 88.1 ranked third among all midfielders.
What makes that passing production all the more impressive is the fact Murray is the definition of a midfielder with a dual threat. The Pro Bowler twice ran 819 yards and 11 touchdowns in the 2020 season along with 26 touchdowns.
However, as Benjamin notes, the Steelers did not have an impressive draft capital to supply the Cardinals in a hypothetical commercial scenario. Pittsburgh currently holds the number 20 spot in the first round overall selection.
Other potential landing spots mentioned by Benjamin such as the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints have a higher number of draft picks or more capital in the 2022 NFL draft. For example, the Panthers have an overall pick of 6. while the Saints have two picks out of the top 20 picks (number 16 and number 19).
Should Pittsburgh ever get a chance to add a young star, acquiring a quarterback of Murray’s caliber would instantly elevate the Steelers from a fringe playoff team to a Super Bowl contender.
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