The Pittsburgh Steelers, known for their active offseason, were expected to make a move before the NFL trade deadline.
Steelers reportedly made a "very strong" push to acquire Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson but were unwilling to meet the Bears' demands for the former second-round pick.
Pittsburgh's pursuit of Johnson was prompted by struggles from veteran cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Levi Wallace early in the season.
Head coach Mike Tomlin has named rookie cornerback Joey Porter Jr. as the starter, but Patrick Peterson's performance has raised concerns.
Acquiring Johnson would have provided a long-term solution for the Steelers' cornerback situation, potentially pairing him with rookie Joey Porter Jr.
With no trade deal, the Steelers face a decision on who will continue to play alongside Porter Jr. in the secondary.
Some criticism has shifted from the offense to the defense, particularly defensive coordinator Teryl Austin's unit, which is one of the league's highest-paid.
Jaylon Johnson may still become a Steeler in the offseason, as contract talks with Chicago have ceased, and he is expected to become a free agent.