The Steelers wasted no time in making changes to their roster after Super Bowl LVIII and on Monday released three players, including former No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
In his two seasons with the Steelers, Trubisky was 2-5 as a starter, throwing eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The former North Carolina Tar Heel was selected eight times ahead of three-time Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.
While Mahomes will be looking for his fourth Lombardi Trophy next season, Trubisky will be trying to land a spot on his fourth NFL team.
After four seasons with the Bears (2017-20), Trubisky spent the 2021 season as Josh Allen's backup in Buffalo.
Trubisky showed promise in his second season, leading the Bears to a 12-4 record. He also led the Bears to the playoffs in 2020, but Chicago lost in the wild-card round both times.
The Steelers' decision to part ways with Trubisky isn't all that surprising considering head coach Mike Tomlin I didn't mention him while discussing the team's plans for next season's quarterback. Mason Rudolph and Kenny Pickett could get a shot at the starting job, as could quarterbacks available via free agency or trade, including Russell Wilson or Justin Fields.
As for Trubisky, if he has a future in the NFL, this will likely be the offensive guru's pet project. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan hired Sam Darnold as Brock Purdy's backup this season, and Trubisky may be able to find a similar role elsewhere.
If nothing else, Pittsburgh's decision to stop baiting so soon after the season allows Trubisky to audition for the UFL. The inaugural season of the spring football league starts on March 30.