Changes at the quarterback position in Pittsburgh have been expected, and it's not a surprising move. Mitch Trubisky intends to leave the band NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. The team has since confirmed the move.
Trubisky began his career in Pittsburgh as a starter at bridge, but was passed on the depth chart halfway through Kenny Pickettdebut season. Mason Rudolph he then emerged as the team's preferred option at the end of the 2023 campaign and in the wild card round. As a result, the signs pointed to Trubisky will be released before free agency in 2024.
The first No. 2 pick was slated for another two seasons after being renewed last year. Still, the Steelers will decide to take the bait well before the new league year. Firing Trubisky before June 1 would result in a dead cap cost of $4.6 million this year and savings of just under $3 million.
However, designating him for waivers after June 1 would result in a savings of $5.25 million compared to the dead cap charge of $2.3 million. Teams can use the post-June 1 designation at the start of the offseason, but won't see the financial savings until after that date.
Brooke Pryor from ESPN confirms this this move is mutual and will allow Trubisky to seek new opportunities at the backup position. The 29-year-old made seven starts and 12 appearances for the Steelers, recording more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (eight).
These numbers helped fuel today's move, but will undoubtedly hamper his free agency market. Trubisky last served as a full-time starter during his Bears career, which ended in 2020.
With Trubisky no longer on the field and Rudolph a free agent, Pickett is currently the only QB on the Steelers' roster. The team remains confident in the latter's potential and he will enter the off-season at the top of the table.
Competition will be introducedhowever, which could include another new contract with Rudolph or an outside addition. Ryan Tannehill – who had a successful run at Tennessee under new Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith – is is believed to be on Pittsburgh's radar.
Trubisky was scheduled to receive $11.25 million over the next two seasons and will strive to find a deal that allows him to match or better that amount with his new team. He's younger than many of the other players in this year's free agent QB class, but his disappointing performance in Pittsburgh should limit his market to a low-cost, short-term deal. It will be interesting to see where he ends up as the Steelers consider their next move under center.