The Pittsburgh Kentucky Wildcats has a terrible ring to it, but we’re rolling with it anyways.
First reported by Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News and later confirmed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Avery Williamson has been traded from the New York Jets to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a 2022 fifth-round pick. Pittsburgh will also receive New York’s 2020 seventh-round pick in addition to Williamson.
Jets trade Williamson + 2022 7th rounder for Pitt’s 2022 5th rounder https://t.co/9CtANJrLgZ
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) November 2, 2020
Jets are trading LB Avery Williamson to the Steelers, as @MMehtaNYDN reported.
Trade terms, per source: Jets get Pitt’s 5th-round pick in 2022; Steelers get Williamson and Jets’ 2022 7th-round pick.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 2, 2020
Williamson, who played at Kentucky from 2010-13, will join fellow former Wildcats Bud Dupree and Benny Snell on the Steelers roster, officially creating the Big Blue Nation’s newest favorite NFL team whether we like it or not.
The Jets was annihilated by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier on Sunday by a final score of 35-9 in what would be Williamson’s final outing in New York. He recorded eight tackles in the loss, moving him to 50 combined tackles on the year to go along with three pass deflections and one interception through six appearances in 2020. At 28 years old, the one-time ‘Cat still has plenty of fuel left in the tank to provide, and now he can do so on a team with an actual chance at making a Super Bowl run. Pittsburgh moved to a perfect 7-0 on the year after taking down the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday while the Jets now sit at a winless 0-8.
Williamson sat out all of the 2019 season with a torn ACL and is in the final year of a three-year, $22.5 million contract.
Time to start winning, Avery.