Updated: Mar 15, 2022
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It appears that the Steelers have found their bridge quarterback to replace Ben Roethlisberger. On Monday afternoon, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported that the Steelers have reached an agreement on a two-year deal with Mitch Trubisky.
According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Trubisky's two-year deal is worth $14.25 million deal and it can lead to $27 million with incentives.
Trubisky always made a lot of sense for the Steelers, as he shouldn't cost a lot and the Steelers won't have to give up any picks like they would have had they traded for Jimmy Garoppolo. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Steelers were in the mix for Garoppolo but went with Trubisky. Trubisky also is a mobile quarterback, which is something that Mike Tomlin has been craving for.
Trubisky was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and performed well below expectations. The Bears could have had Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson but reached with selecting Trubisky. Perhaps a fresh start for Trubisky could help turn his career around, as some believe Matt Nagy was a problem in his development. Many think that Trubisky spending a year in Buffalo in 2021 and backing up Josh Allen was beneficial to him.
Trubisky is 29-21 as a starter and had two playoff appearances with the Bears. Trubisky also had five fourth-quarter comebacks and seven game-winning drives in Chicago. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Trubisky's decision came down to the Steelers and the Giants. Trubisky was looking for the best chance to get back on the field as a starter and win games.
“I think of a legendary franchise,” Trubisky said about the Steelers in an interview with Adam Schefter last week. “You think of the black and gold, you think of the coach, Mike Tomlin. Ben Roethlisberger slinging it around. But the black and gold, just legendary colors. A great historical franchise for the NFL."
“You think of the AFC North, tough division. A lot of great quarterbacks. Hard-nosed football in the AFC North. So I’ve got a lot of respect for coach Tomlin and that great defense they’ve got up there.”
Trusbisky didn't grow up too far from Pittsburgh either, as he was born and raised in the Cleveland suburbs. If Trubisky does end up in the black and gold, he would have to convert some of his family members who are Browns fans.
“Pittsburgh is pretty close to home for me being from Cleveland. So that would be cool,” Trubisky said. “I think it would be hard to get a lot of my family to switch into those colors, but I’ve been doing it just fine.”
In a text to Schefter, Trubisky said, "I am beyond excited and bless for the opportunity to be a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers Organization. I have tremendous respect for the Rooney Family and Coach Tomlin. They have built one of the best rosters in football and I can't wait to contribute and help this team continue their success."