Breaking: Jets Trade Avery Williamson To Steelers

Following a blowout loss today, the Jets have traded linebacker Avery Williamson to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This report has been confirmed by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Also, the Jets also sent a seventh-round pick in exchange for a fifth-round pick. Pretty fair value to me.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News became the first to report that a deal was in the works between both sides.

Avery Williamson will provide much-needed reinforcements to a Pittsburgh defense that recently lost stud linebacker Devin Bush to an ACL tear. Robert Spillane temporarily filled in for Bush. Now, Williamson will pair up with veteran inside linebacker Vince Williams.

Avery Williamson signed with the Jets in 2018 to a three-year/$22.5 million deal. That season became a career-best for him, playing all 16 games and racking up 120 tackles. Pro Football Focus ranked Williamson as a top-five linebacker when it came to stopping the run.

Unfortuantely, Williamson would not be able to capitalize on the career year he had. In the 2019 preseason, Williamson tore his ACL in a game against the Atlanta Falcons. He missed all of 2019.

This season, Williamson has recorded 50 tackles, three pass defenses, and an interception.

2020 has seen regression coming from Avery Williamson’s end. In reality, he is not as fast as he once was.

Duly noted, Williamson will become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. For the Steelers, this is most likely a rental.

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