If the Pittsburgh Steelers end up not re-signing Mason Rudolph or drafting a quarterback in the 2021 NFL draft they will not have a quarterback locked into a contract going into the 2022 season. Ben Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph, and Dwayne Haskins are all on one-year contracts going into the 2021 season.
Now another option is gone from the Pittsburgh Steelers as the Carolina Panthers have traded for Sam Darnold. It was actually a good trade from both sides as the Panthers will be sending a 2021 sixth-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick as well as a fourth-round pick. I did not think the Jets were going to get a second-round pick for Darnold, but good for them for getting it.
The Steelers have shown interest in two second-tier quarterbacks during their pre-draft process so far, but they have not shown interest in any of the big-time quarterbacks that look to be going in the top 15 of the 2021 NFL draft. Kyle Trask and Kellen Mond have been closely looked at by the Pittsburgh Steelers so far. Some GMs in the NFL also think that Kyle Trask will be the best fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Either way, the Steelers will need to start looking for a quarterback going into the next three seasons. There is no way around it anymore.
If Ben Roethlisberger does decide to retire in the 2021 offseason it will leave the Steelers with only Mason Rudolph as an option unless Haskins pans out. It looks like Mike Tomlin does have some heavy interest in Haskins as they both have the same agent. That would be great if Haskins did end up working out for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but I don't think it is going to be that easy for the organization to find their quarterback of the future.