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Steelers trading for Commanders CB Williams Jackson III

The Commanders are unloading a cornerback they might have waived otherwise.

William Jackson III #3 of the Washington Commanders looks on against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of the game at FedExField on October 9, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

UPDATE: The deal will see the Steelers trade a conditional 6th round pick in 2025 for a conditional 7th in 2025 as part of the deal, per Nicki Jhabvala.

UPDATE: Ian Rapoport is reporting the Steelers and Commanders are “going over some language, but this trade is expected to get done.” Josina Anderson is reporting the deal is down to the Steelers “and one more team” and it is not finalized yet.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are shoring up their secondary with a bit of a lottery ticket move. The team is trading for Washington Commanders cornerback William Jackson III, per Ian Rapoport.

The Commanders had been working for at least a couple weeks to try and unload the cornerback due to dissatisfaction between the two sides. Jackson has missed Washington’s last two games due to a back injury. He has not practiced at all and was ruled out for both games on the Friday final injury reports.

Jackson signed with Washington in 2021, inking a three year, $40.5 million deal. He is due $5,000,000 this year along with $750,000 per-game roster bonuses. In 2023, he has a $9,250,000 base salary, a $2.5 million offseason roster bonus, and $750,000 per-game roster bonuses.