Steelers Interested In WR Tyrell Williams

The Steelers lost one of the top receivers in the league when they traded away Antonio Brown, and now they’re looking to replace him. The team is “involved in the receiver market,” and they’ve inquired about Tyrell Williams, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (Twitter link). 

If Pittsburgh is indeed going after Williams, they won’t be alone. The Browns are reportedly interested in the young wideout, and the Steelers may also face competition from the team they traded Brown to. Even after acquiring Brown, the Raiders are still interested in adding Williams, according to Michael Gehlken of The Las Vegas Review Journal (Twitter link). The Colts have also been linked to Williams, but their signing of Devin Funchess probably took them out of the running.

Williams has spent the last four seasons with the Charges, and has been one of the most buzzed about free agent receivers. Due to the Chargers’ crowded receiving depth chart, it seems like a foregone conclusion that he’ll be walking. A 2015 undrafted free agent from Western Oregon, Williams barely played as a rookie.

But he broke out in his second season, catching 69 passes for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. That was the year Keenan Allen missed the entire season with a torn ACL, and Williams’ production has dipped the last couple of years after Allen returned and the Chargers drafted Mike Williams in the first round. Still though, Williams is a big, talented receiver who can also beat teams deep, and he’d be a great addition as a team’s number two option.

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6 comments on “Steelers Interested In WR Tyrell Williams

  1. MiserablePadreFan

    I’d love to see Golden Tate in the black n yellow. Williams is a one trick pony.

    • ruckus727

      He’s not a 1 trick pony. He’s actually been one of the most efficient WRs three years in a row. He just hasn’t had a lot of targets since Allen cane back and they drafted Williams. Check his PFF numbers. Tyrell is a solid number 2 WR and maybe a little better than that and the league knows it.

      • troll_smasher

        Exactly… watching a few Chargers games, Rivers would never even look his directions for series at a time. Mostly a bunch of dump downs to Allen.

      • TheTruth12

        He’s simply not worth what he’s gonna get, he hasn’t proved anything has had 1 good season when Allen got hurt. You look at a guy like Moncrief, a little shorter than Williams had a better season stats wise, is younger and is probably gonna come at half the price I know who I’d rather have. Whichever team gets Williams is gonna regret it.

        • jkoms57

          Tyrell over the top would provide a nice 1-2 punch with juju..
          (Agree he could fizzle out elsewhere, but Pitt is an A+ fit)

          Add in (possibly) a 1st rnd WR + Washington, and Steelers have a dominant receiver core once again.

          Tate is more of slot. Could make it work, but not a great fit.

          They’ll def sign a wr, just not sure if it will be a big splash or a veteran role on the low end.

        • Williams had 7 receptions, 15 yards and 2 more touchdowns than Moncrief while operating primarily as the third receiving option in a run-first scheme (as opposed to Moncrief who operated primarily as the 2nd option in also a run-heavy scheme). Moncrief is maybe the slightly smarter move from a financial standpoint, but is the far more inconsistent player and seems to have a much lower ceiling. If the money was even, I think most people would rather have Williams than Moncrief.

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