NFL Trade Rumors: The Pittsburgh Steelers Need To Make a Deal for Jared Gaither

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IApril 11, 2010

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 22:  Jared Gaither #71 of the Baltimore Ravens defends against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Colts defeated the Ravens 17-15. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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If you ask most members of Steelers Nation what the most glaring need the Steelers have this off season, their reply will either be corner back, or offensive lineman.

In most mock drafts, this is obvious, because most have the Steelers selecting an offensive lineman or corner.

But, how could the Steelers possibly address both of these concerns in the 2010 NFL Draft?

By the time the Steelers are on the clock with the 18th pick, the odds are, the top five offensive linemen are going to be off the board, and the top two corners will have already been selected as well.

Enter Jared Gaither.

Jared Gaither is a restricted free agent of the Baltimore Ravens. He has the tools, and abilities to be one of the premier left tackles in the NFL. He is big strong, and could be had for a second round pick.

You say, teams don't trade within their own division. WRONG!

The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins have already smashed that reasoning. With the trade of Donovan McNabb, the door to intra-division trading has opened.

The Ravens are not interested in Gaither anymore. That is obvious. If they are looking to get rid of him, and teams are not crashing down their door to make the trade, why not send him to the Steelers?

If the Steelers send their second round pick to the Ravens, both teams become winners in the trade.

The Ravens get rid of the player they are willing to let go of, for the compensation they are looking for. And the Steelers get a proven player with their second round pick, and it frees them up to use their first round pick to select the top corner or safety they have on their draft board when it comes time to make the selection.

For these two teams to not trade, simply because they play twice each year, they would be doing a disservice to not only their own franchise, but to the fan bases, and the NFL.