Steelers Release Mitchell Trubisky: What’s Next for Pittsburgh’s QB Depth Chart?

Mitchell Trubisky released by the Steelers

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers made the decision to release quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The two sides had discussed their situation and mutually agreed on the move. Trubisky, a former first-round pick, was set to play the second year of a three-year contract that would have kept him in Pittsburgh through the 2025 season. However, at 29 years old, he will now hit the free-agent market.

With Trubisky’s departure, Kenny Pickett remains as the only quarterback under contract in Pittsburgh. While Mason Rudolph served as an injury replacement to Pickett last season, there’s no guarantee he will remain. 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’s projected to sign as a backup on the open market. Ryan Tannehill is another option that Pittsburgh is considering pursuing after leading the Tennessee Titans for four-plus seasons. Although Trubisky completed 62.6% of his pass attempts for 632 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions while playing for the Steelers last season, it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to offer enough value or depth to another team as a starter at this stage of his career.

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