Updated: Apr 30
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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Steelers are closing in on a 1-year extension with quarterback Mason Rudolph. Rapoport says nothing is done yet but look for it to be a done deal soon. Rudolph would be signed through 2022.
It's expected that 2021 will be the final season for Ben Roethlisberger, who is 39 years old, so extending Rudolph for another season makes sense, whether he's the starter or backup in 2022.
Rudolph was a third-round pick by the Steelers in 2018 out of Oklahoma State and is 5-4 as a starter. In three seasons with the Steelers, he has completed 201 of 326 passes (61.7%) for 2,089 yards and has a 15-10 touchdown-interception ratio, along with a quarterback rating of 82.7.
Rudolph started only one game in 2020 and it was the regular-season finale against the Browns, in which he displayed a promising performance. Rudolph completed 22 of 39 passes (56.4%) for 315 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and had a quarterback rating of 89.2 against Cleveland.
Update: The Steelers announced that they've signed Rudolph to a one-year contract extension through the 2022 season.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Mason Rudolph's new deal with the Steelers pays an average of $3 million per year in 2021 and 2022 along with upsides to get it higher. Rudolph had been scheduled to make a base salary of $1.014 million in 2021, the final season of his rookie contract.