Jets’ Avery Williamson acquired by the Pittsburgh Steelers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Pittsburgh Steelers have acquired linebacker Avery Williamson. In addition, the Steeler are receiving a 2022 seventh-round draft pick.

The New York Jets received a 2022 fifth-round draft pick from the Steelers. Neither team has announced the trade yet.

Former New York Jets linebacker Avery Williamson has an interception in a 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals
Avery Williamson has an interception in a 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals (Photo by Avery Williamson/Instagram)

With this trade, Williamson joins a team in the playoff hunt. He goes from a winless Jets team, who are presently 0-8 following a 35-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

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Once the deal becomes official, he’ll be joining an 8-0 team.

He will help fill the void that the Steelers have been dealing with since losing Devin Bush. He suffered a season-ending torn ACL injury.

This off-season, Williams agreed to restructure his contract. He is making $6 million in a base salary. 

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He will be making $3.5 million following the restructuring. He will also make $1 million in guaranteed money, before becoming a free agent at the end of the season. 

The Jets are a disaster under Adam Gase. The team is in rebuilding mode, as General Manager Joe Douglas is stockpiling draft picks to help the team in the future. 

This is the third Jets trade since the beginning of the season. Douglas previously traded Steve McLendon to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

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In addition to McLendon, the Buccaneers also received a 2023 seventh-round draft pick. The Jets received the Buccaneers 2022 sixth-round draft pick. 

Douglas also traded Jordan Willis to the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers also received a 2021 seventh-round draft pick. 

In exchange, the Jets received a 2022 sixth-round draft pick. 

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This is Williamson’s third NFL team. He was a fifth-round draft pick by the Tennessee Titans in the 2014 NFL Draft. 

He played for the Titans from 2014 through 2017. Williamson then signed a three-year deal with the Jets before the 2018 season.

The 28-year-old made has appeared in six games, including five starts. He had 50 tackles with one interception and three pass deflections.

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