The Steelers’ have used three quarterback this year in part due to starter Kenny Pickett‘s ankle injury and in part due to Mitch Trubisky‘s struggles filling in for him. As a result, the latter could be headed elsewhere in the offseason.
Trubisky is under contract through 2025, but Outkick’s Armando Salguero reports he is unlikely to be in place as Pittsburgh’s backup next season. The former No. 2 pick joined the Steelers on a two-year deal last offseason with the expectation he would cede starting duties to the team’s drafted Ben Roethlisberger successor. Pickett did indeed take over the lead role midway through his rookie campaign, but Trubisky has seen a total of seven starts and 12 appearances as a Steeler.
Over that time, the 29-year-old has thrown more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (eight). His 77.6 passer rating in Pittsburgh sits below his career average, so it would come as little surprise if the team elected to move in a different direction. Trubisky inked a two-year extension in May, with most of the guaranteed money coming in 2023. As a result, a post-June 1 cut would leave Pittsburgh with only $2.3MM in dead money over each of the next two years.
Now three years removed from the end of his tenure as a starter with the Bears, Trubisky spent one season as Josh Allen‘s backup in Buffalo before joining the Steelers. Given his struggles in his latest environment, another No. 2 role would no doubt await him on the open market. In the event Pittsburgh were to cut bait, however, questions would be raised with respect to the team’s QB plans moving forward.
Two years remain on Pickett’s rookie contract, and another could be tacked on next spring by exercising his fifth-year option. It remains to be seen if the 2022 first-rounder will earn a long-term look atop the depth chart given the up-and-down nature of his career so far, however. The other option at the moment is veteran Mason Rudolph, who played well in his 2023 debut but has not received an extended look as a starter since 2019. Rudolph is a pending free agent.
For that reason, the Steelers could be in need of two quarterback additions in the near future if they follow through with a Trubisky trade or release. For the time being, Rudolph has likely surpassed Trubisky on the depth chart given their respective performances this season. After the campaign is over, though, their futures will be a key storyline in Pittsburgh.