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With the NFL Owners Meetings kicking off at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Fla. on Sunday, Pittsburgh media members got the chance to talk with Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin. Tomlin is at the Owners Meetings, but Colbert's interview was via a phone call, as he'll be traveling to pro days this week.
In free agency, the Steelers signed six outside free agents to contracts worth approximentely $87 million in total. One of the most noteworthy signings was Mitch Trubisky, who should be slotted to be QB1 in 2022.
Via Teresa Varley of Steelers.com, Colbert said it was a positive not having to give up draft picks to sign Trubisky. Colbert also noted that the moves they made in free agency won't keep them from drafting players at those positions. So, a quarterback at 20th overall or possibly trading up is still on the table.
"When we started this we said we were open to any and all additions, and quarterback is a huge position for any team including our own," Colbert said. "When we went into (free agency), we were trying to hold our draft capital. We really didn't want to get into the trade areas, because we felt there were other players we need those picks to secure. So if we could get into it and get a good, young quarterback, a successful quarterback like Mitch Trubisky, it made sense for us to do it when we did it."
Colbert and Tomlin have been doing their due diligence on this year's quarterback class, as they attended four pro days this past week where the quarterbacks were the main attraction -- Kenny Pickett (Pitt), Malik Willis (Liberty), Matt Corral (Mississippi) and Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati).