The Pittsburgh Steelers addressed quite a few needs during this off-season, but safety is not one of them. The team seems dangerously thin at that particular position. If Sean Davis were to go down with an injury, who would be the backup free safety? Jordan Dangerfield? His best fit is strong safety, if not just a special teams player. The same can be said for Marcus Allen. The 2018 fifth round pick is in no way suited to play free safety. There has been talk of moving one of the corners to safety. While both Brian Allen and Cam Sutton may in time be able to make the switch to safety, it wouldn’t be wise to rely on one of them to be the primary backup heading into the season.
It’s almost certain Kevin Colbert will be keeping a close eye on any safeties cut over the summer. He may also be making some calls to see if any are available now that the draft has been completed. One such player could be Packers safety Josh Jones. Green Bay just used its first round selection on another safety in Darnell Savage. The Packers also signed Adrian Amos to a four year, $36 million contract this offseason to complete an overhaul of their safety position. These moves do not bode well for the future of Josh Jones with the team. Adding to all this is the Packers lack of depth at corner. The team has rookie sixth round pick Ka’dar Hollman as its backup at left corner. There is definitely a fit in terms of a trade between these two franchises.
So what would the Steelers be getting in Josh Jones? Admittedly, Jones profiles as more of a strong safety than free safety. He could actually make the perfect nickel backer Pittsburgh needs. What also makes him attractive is that he has the speed and range to play either safety position in a pinch. Jones ran an incredible 4.41/40 yard dash at 220 pounds. There was production for him at the college level where he had eight career interceptions at North Carolina St. The Steelers had Jones in for a pre-draft visit in 2017, so there was some level of interest there. This is a player who would be a perfect fit for what the Steelers need at safety. A ready made nickel backer who could be the backup free safety as well. If Kevin Colbert is looking to make a deal to sure up this position, this is the first call he should make.