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Steelers Trade With Broncos to Add Linebacker Depth

Larry Rupp
The Pittsburgh Steelers have added linebacker depth in a trade with the Denver Broncos.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have added linebacker depth in a trade with the Denver Broncos. / AP Photos/David Becker

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked prepared to enter the season with little depth along the edge of the defensive line. Fans will be glad to hear that's no longer the case, though. In a trade with the Denver Broncos, veteran Malik Reed has been acquired as a top backup at the outside linebacker position.

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The Steelers are sending a compensatory draft pick back in return, which is a small price to pay for a great rotational player. Pittsburgh was in need of depth behind starters TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith following the release of Genard Avery. Not a bad first trade for new general manager Omar Khan.

Reed has racked up 15.0 sacks, 30 QB hurries and 3 forced fumbles across three NFL seasons (45 games). He is still in his prime at the age of 26, too. Reed fits the mold of a player head coach Mike Tomlin loves to lead considering he worked his way up the depth chart as an undrafted free agent.

Pittsburgh fans may recognize Reed's name and there's an obvious reason why. He strip-sacked quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first quarter of an October meeting in 2021. The turnover set the Broncos up in the red zone and the drive ultimately ended with a successful 39-yard field goal.

Look for Reed's presence to be felt on a weekly basis playing on a defense that loves to rush the passer. The Steelers' 55.0 sacks led all NFL teams last year and their 18 forced fumbles were tied for the fourth-highest mark. In fact, Pittsburgh has led the NFL in sacks in each of the last five seasons.

The Steelers have odds set at +330 to make the NFL Playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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