In the days since Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro TJ Watt suffered a chest tear against the Cincinnati Bengals, the team has taken several steps to strengthen their position. That includes inking former commander outside linebacker Ryan Anderson, as well as signing David Anenih from the Tennessee practice team. Pittsburgh also called up Delontae Scott from its own practice team for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, giving Scott an opportunity to appear in his second regular-season game of his career.
However, some NFL observers believe the Steelers should trade for more experienced talent with higher pedigree. That includes Bleacher Report’s David Kenyon, who thinks edge rusher Clelin Ferrell of the Las Vegas Raiders would be a good fit — for the rest of this year and maybe beyond.
Recall that Ferrell, 25, was No. 4 overall pick by Clemson in the 2019 NFL draft but settled into a backup role with the Raiders after starting 26 games in his first two seasons in the league would have. That’s one of the reasons many NFL watchers — like Kenyon — believe Ferrell “could use a fresh start.”
Certainly the Steelers have previously been proposed a trade for the Norfolk, Virginia native who is 6ft 4 and 265 pounds. It wouldn’t cost much in fortune; The main issue is that the Steelers likely want the Raiders to pick up some of the salary for this final year of his rookie deal.
Kenyon views Ferrell as “a low-risk addition that could both help fill Watt’s snaps and potentially be a low-cost renewal candidate.”
Overall, if the Steelers acquired Ferrell, they would get a player with 43 regular-season experience, one who has recorded 80 total tackles (50 solo), including 12 tackles for losses, eight sacks, 24 quarterback- Hits, nine passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery per Pro Football Reference.
In Las Vegas’ season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, Ferrell caught 19 snaps on defense and 13 more on special teams, recording one tackle. That’s similar to the amount he pitched over the 16 games he played for the Raiders in 2021.
In the meantime, there’s probably no Steelers player more looking forward to facing the Patriots on September 18 than fourth-year kick-returner/wide receiver Gunner Olszewski.
On Friday, Olszewski admitted he’s bothered by the fact the Patriots made no effort to bring him back for the 2022 season.
This allowed the Steelers to sign him to a two-year, $4.2 million contract on March 18, 2022 after the Pats decided not to sign him out as a restricted free agent despite Olszewski’s 2020 kick-all All-Pro First-team returner appointed.
“Sure, it burns a little”, said Olszewski. “I don’t know if you’ve ever been fired from a job or someone doesn’t want you back, but it hurts. But I’m very happy to be where I am now.”
Bemidji State’s product also confirmed that this competition means more to him than the typical regular-season game.
Every time you play the “ex” you want to show off,” he concluded with a big smile.