On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that they have released quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after reaching a mutual agreement with the team. The decision was made following discussions between the two sides regarding Trubisky’s future in Pittsburgh.
Trubisky, a former first-round pick, had been set to play out his second year of a three-year contract with the Steelers. However, at 29 years old, he will now hit the free-agent market. This move leaves Kenny Pickett as the only quarterback under contract in Pittsburgh. While Mason Rudolph served as an injury replacement for Pickett last season, there’s no guarantee he will remain on the roster.
Head coach Mike Tomlin has expressed interest in having a quarterback competition in the fall and with Trubisky gone, Pittsburgh will be looking elsewhere to solidify its quarterback depth chart. Trubisky has started 57 NFL games and made a Pro Bowl appearance in 2018. Despite this, 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 if signed as a backup QB