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It’s just business. This is the line NFL teams are constantly adhering to when it comes to rosters. Players are signed and released or traded and in almost every case, it is a business decision. But in the case of the Pittsburgh Steelers and outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, the business deal went bad and Pittsburgh ended up opting to trade Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs.
We said the Steelers made the right decision in trading Ingram in order to maintain order on the roster but the disorder was created by the front office. And now, with T.J. Watt injured, the front office’s mishandling of the Ingram situation, Pittsburgh is in rough shape going into this week’s game and beyond.
The worst part about this is it could have been so easily avoided. Just play Ingram. There’s zero chance when the Steelers were courting Ingram they told him he would rarely see the field and end up playing behind a second-year guy who has done almost nothing so far in his career. It’s hard to imagine creating some sort of rotation that was amicable for all parties could have been that challenging.
Blame for this one falls firmly at the feet of the front office. Now Alex Highsmith is thrust into the spotlight as the only viable pass rusher on the roster and the guy they let dictate the situation that cost the team Ingram.