Report: Steelers Trading for LB Avery Williamson (Update)

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The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly made a trade before Tuesday’s deadline, acquiring LB Avery Williamson from the New York Jets. Manisha Mehta of the New York Daily News was the first to report on the deal, which is apparently not finalized but on the verge of being.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirms the story.

Williamson, 28, has played for the Jets since 2018. This year, he has 50 tackles and three pass deflections. He was drafted in the 5th round by the Tennessee Titans in 2014. It’s unclear what compensation the Steelers are giving up, but likely a day three 2021 draft pick.

UPDATE (10:28 p.m.): The Steelers abandon a 5th round pick in 2022 in exchange for Williamson and a 7th round pick in 2022, by Rapoport.

Williamson is in the last year of his contract.

The Steelers saw their linebacking depth tested last week. Devin Bush suffered a late-season ACL tear against the Cleveland Browns while Ulysees Gilbert III suffered a back injury in practice last week and missed Sunday’s game against the Ravens. The only two healthy ILBs the Steelers had in Week 8 were Vince Williams and Robert Spillane. Marcus Allen was used as a dime linebacker against Baltimore.

Development of the story.



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