The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced that they will be parting ways with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. This decision was made after both sides discussed the current situation, and it was mutually agreed upon. Trubisky, who was a first-round pick in 2017, had been set to play out the second year of a three-year contract that would have kept him in Pittsburgh through the 2025 season. However, at 29 years old, he is now free to hit the open market.
This move leaves Kenny Pickett as the only quarterback under contract in Pittsburgh. While Mason Rudolph served as an injury replacement to Pickett last season, there is no guarantee that he will remain on the team moving forward. Head coach Mike Tomlin has expressed interest in holding a quarterback competition in the fall, and with Trubisky gone, Pittsburgh will need to look elsewhere to solidify its depth chart.
Trubisky has started 57 NFL games and made a Pro Bowl appearance in 2018. Despite this success, at this point in his career, he is projected to sign as a backup on the open market.
Pittsburgh has been considering pursuing Ryan Tannehill, who will become a free agent after leading the Tennessee Titans for four-plus seasons. Despite losing both games he started for the Steelers last season, Trubisky completed 62.6% of his pass attempts for 632 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions and could offer valuable experience and depth to another team looking for a backup QB option.