Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Tomlin open to Steelers making a trade
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers have already made two trades this season, and coach Mike Tomlin hasn’t ruled out the team making more moves before the 4 p.m. ET trading deadline today.
“I’m open to it,” Tomlin said of the Steelers making a trade. “We’ll see.”
The Steelers earlier traded for running back Felix Jones and left tackle Levi Brown, and Tomlin said he is open to evaluating any position as the team tries to bounce back from a 2-5 start.
Tomlin has already made changes in his starting lineup, and the latest one is at right outside linebacker.
Jason Worilds has moved ahead of rookie Jarvis Jones there. Tomlin benched Mike Adams after the fourth game of the season and Kelvin Beachum has started the past three games at left tackle.
Brown suffered a season-ending shoulder injury before playing a game for the Steelers.
Zoltan Mesko’s future with the team has been a source of speculation, and Tomlin sent mixed signals when it comes to the Steelers’ punter.
Inconsistency continues to plague Mesko as he bobbled a snap against the Raiders that resulted in a partially blocked punt and also had a 30-yard kick. But the left-footer also boomed several kicks in the 21-18 loss at Oakland, including one that the Steelers downed at the Raiders 1-yard line.
“Obviously he needs to perform better,” Tomlin said. “But along with the obvious negativity in the game I did think he rebounded well and really finished the game strong.”
When asked specifically if the Steelers are considering bringing in a replacement for Mesko, Tomlin said, “I’m not opposed to evaluating anyone at any position that’s capable of helping us get better.”
Teams typically work out free agents and evaluate them in the early part of the week, and Tomlin said, “We’re probably going to do some of that this week.”