The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced the release of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. This move came after a mutual agreement between the two parties, as Trubisky was set to begin his second year of a three-year deal with the Steelers that would have kept him in Pittsburgh until 2025. However, at age 29, he will now hit free agency.
With Trubisky gone, Kenny Pickett remains the only quarterback under contract in Pittsburgh. While Mason Rudolph served as an injury replacement for Pickett last season, there is no guarantee he will stay on the team. Head coach Mike Tomlin has expressed interest in the quarterback competition in the fall, and with Trubisky departing, Pittsburgh will need to look elsewhere to strengthen its roster.
Trubisky, who was a first-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2017, started 57 NFL games and made the Pro Bowl in 2018. Despite this success, he is projected to sign as a backup on the open market at this stage of his career.
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. He could offer valuable experience and depth to another team looking for a backup quarterback solution.