In a surprising move, the Pittsburgh Steelers have released quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who had been under contract until 2025. The decision was described as mutual by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, resulting from discussions between the two parties.
Trubisky was a first-round pick in 2017 and would have started his second year of a three-year contract if he had not been released. This means that the Steelers are now without a clear option at quarterback, as Kenny Pickett is currently the only one under contract in Pittsburgh. Mason Rudolph, who served as an injury replacement to Pickett and kept the job in the playoffs, is also slated to become a free agent in the offseason.
At the end of the season, head coach Mike Tomlin expressed a desire to have a quarterback competition in the fall involving Pickett. This means that the Steelers need to find competition for Pickett as they move forward. One potential addition they are considering is Ryan Tannehill, who will be a free agent following four-plus seasons as the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. Trubisky played 57 NFL games starting from being selected in the 2017 draft, and made a Pro Bowl in 2018. However, at this point, he is likely to sign as a backup for another team, having completed only two starts and performing at only 62.6%.