Aug 05, 2022
Steelers Named Ideal Fit for Notable Ex-Packers Starter
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Getty The Steelers could take a look at free agent CB Kevin King.
The Pittsburgh Steelers could be the perfect landing spot for a notable former Green Bay Packers starter.
NFL.com analyst Marc Ross listed the top free agents remaining on the market and mentioned the “ideal” team fits for each of those players.According to Ross, former Green Bay Packers cornerback Kevin King is an ideal fit for the Steelers.
Ross argues that King adds much-needed depth to the cornerback position as Pittsburgh enters the season with Levi Wallace and Ahkello Weatherspoon as its top corners.
“The Steelers are rolling into 2022 with Ahkello Witherspoon and Levi Wallace as their presumed starting cornerbacks,” says Ross. “That’s concerning, no matter how good Pittsburgh’s pass rush is. King is a tall, rangy and fast player who’d fit right in and — at least — add depth at the position. The former second-round pick unfortunately missed seven games in 2021, but otherwise played well after laying an egg in the 2020 NFC title game.”Why King Appeals to the Steelers
King had served as the Packers’ starting cornerback during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He also entered the 2021 season as the starting corner before losing his job midway through the season. Although King started just six games last season while appearing in only 48 percent of the defensive snaps, he still posted a solid 70.6 defensive grade last season, according to Pro Football Focus. It was actually the highest defensive grade of his career.
Considering King’s experience of playing deep in the postseason — the Packers advanced to the NFC Championship Game in each of his two seasons as a starter — he could be a valuable veteran addition to the Steelers.
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The Steelers lost veteran Joe Haden as they allowed him to walk in free agency, which means Pittsburgh doesn’t have very experienced depth after Witherspoon and Wallace. Wallace — who signed with the Steelers after spending time with the Buffalo Bills — posted a 62.8 defensive grade last season, ranking just 58th among 116 qualifying cornerbacks, according to PFF.
Meanwhile, Witherspoon actually excelled in a smaller role last season, posting a 75.8 defensive grade. However, he appeared in just nine games with three starts as he played in just 57 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in those games. While he obviously wasn’t a starting corner, what is impressive is that Witherspoon allowed a ridiculously low 35.1 quarterback rating and 37.8 completion percentage versus opposing quarterbacks.
With that said, the competition after those two corners are underwhelming. Cameron Sutton, Arthur Maulet, James Pierre and Justin Layne project as the next top cornerbacks. Neither of those cornerbacks posted higher than a 59.3 defensive grade last season, with Sutton ranking as the highest-graded at 77th among all corners.
Considering the Steelers likely have a smaller margin for error this season without Ben Roethlisberger as its franchise quarterback, Pittsburgh needs to stock up on their key positions as much as possible. Adding King to the mix — who earned just $5 million last season — can only help in Pittsburgh’s quest to compete in a really tough AFC North division.
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Proposed Bulls Trade Brings Back Demolition Man & Son of Former All-Star
Getty Kenyon Martin Jr.
At some point, you’d have to think the Chicago Bulls will trade Coby White.
The team has an abundance of guards with Lonzo Ball (if healthy), Zach LaVine, Goran Dragic, Ayo Dosunmu, and Alex Caruso.
If Chicago is healthy (a big if), there just isn’t a ton of minutes available for White. The 22-year-old is too talented and valuable for the Bulls not to get something back for him. Early attempts to move White didn’t render attractive offers. Perhaps the Bulls could find a fit for him on a young team looking to clear as much salary as possible.
White can be a free agent after this season, though his deal has a team option following the 2022-23 campaign. The Houston Rockets might be the right fit for such a deal. Here is a proposed deal that works financially and makes sense for both teams.
- Bulls Get: Kenyon Martin Jr., David Nwaba, and a 2024 second-round pick
- Rockets Get: Coby White and second a 2025 second-round pick
Martin would be the biggest potential get for the Bulls. The 21-year-old son of former NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin is a budding stretch-4 with impressive athleticism and a developing three-point shot.
Martin recently asked to be traded after the Rockets drafted Smith as he may see himself in a situation similar to White in Chicago. In Martin’s second NBA season, he played in 79 games (2 starts) he averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and made just under 36% of his threes. Martin is a little smallish for the 4 spot at 6-foot-6, but that appears to be the style Chicago wants to go after for the power forward position.
There’s a chance Martin could be a solid fit to back up Patrick Williams. As of now, the Bulls don’t have a strong candidate to back up Williams. Derrick Jones (6-foot-5) is even smaller than Martin, and Javonte Green is even shorter at 6-foot-4.
Nwaba is a throw-in to make things work financially, but the ever-scrappy was a bit of a fan favorite during his first stint with the Bulls. He was affectionately referred to as “Demolition Man” by Bulls announcer Stacey King.Play
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The 29-year-old’ athleticism and strength allow him to defend and play bigger than his 6-foot-5 frame. Nwaba doesn’t back down from anyone, and he had arguably the best season of his career with the Bulls during the 2017-18 season. Nwaba played 70 games that year with 21 starts, averaging 7.9 points per contest.
If he could provide some minutes at either forward spot, toughness, and veteran leadership, Nwaba could be an excellent addition to the Bulls’ bench.
Both Martin and Nwaba are set to be free agents after the 2023-24 season.What’s In It For The Rockets?
The Rockets have an extremely young core with Jabari Smith, Jalen Green, and perhaps Kevin Porter Jr. Like the Bulls, the Rockets have a lot of guards, but White would be arguably the most accomplished of the bunch. Still, he figures to be in a reserve role on this team.
The Rockets want to clear as much cap space as possible as they continue to rebuild. White coming off the books at the end of the season should be attractive to the Rockets. Houston could shed the additional salary owed to Martin (partially guaranteed) to Martin and Nwaba while getting a motivated White for a season without disturbing their rebuilding plans.
Houston could sign and trade White if he has a strong season to procure even more assets from the deal once everything is said and done.
This trade may not light the lamp for Bulls fans today, but it is the kind of realistic trade that could help fill out the roster while allowing Chicago to add a youthful, athletic player with some upside like Martin.