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With big name quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson now out of the picture, the Steelers most likely will have to settle for a mid-tier free agent quarterback. And one of the quarterbacks that has been frequently mentioned lately is Mitch Trubisky, who was a backup in Buffalo last year after having a dreadful tenure with the Bears.
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 should have plenty of suitors next week when free agency starts. Along with the Steelers, the Commanders, Saints, Colts and Giants have been linked to Trubisky. Trubisky was on Adam Schefter's podcast recently and Schefter asked him what he thought of the Steelers along with other potential teams.
“I think of a legendary franchise,” Trubisky said. “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.”
According to Jordan Schultz, the Bills thought really highly of Trubisky while he was in Buffalo. "Bills LOVED having him - and several execs told me Mitch is viewed as a starting QB right now."
ESPN recently predicted that Trubisky could have a contract that would pay him $10 million annually, after making $2.5 million last year.