Updated: Apr 5
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Longtime Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette of The Athletic has seen enough of Mason Rudolph. He doesn't see any use of him being on the team if the Steelers plan on having Mitch Trubisky as the starting quarterback.
"The Steelers should trade Mason Rudolph," Bouchette wrote. "It’s become obvious he is not going to be their starting quarterback in 2022, so why keep him around? This assumes they could get something for him."
The Steelers would probably get just a sixth or seventh-round pick for Rudolph, but if they draft Malik Willis or another quarterback in the first round, he would be expendable. If a team is desperate for a quarterback, maybe they can get a fifth. I mean, the Steelers traded Josh Dobbs to the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick in 2019, so it's possible.
Bouchette suggests Dwayne Haskins serving as Trubisky's backup and re-signing Josh Dobbs as the No. 3 quarterback, but that would be a risky move, as Haskins really wasn't all that impressive in training camp or the preseason last year. The Steelers would be better off just keeping Rudolph if that's the case. I think it only makes sense if they select a quarterback in the first round.
Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert both told reporters this week that the signing of Trubisky won't prevent them from adding a quarterback in the draft. Tomlin even said that the Steelers will "probably" draft a quarterback. I wonder what that would mean for Rudolph? Would he request a trade or will the Steelers just see him as expendable?