Mitchell Trubisky to the Pittsburgh Steelers is Perfect for All Parties

The Pittsburgh Steelers wasted no time during the NFL legal tampering period. After watching Ben Roethlisberger retire following an outstanding career, the Steelers agreed to a deal with Mitchell Trubisky, essentially pegging him as the starter in 2022.

The Steelers had been rumored to all of Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, and Jimmy Garoppolo at some point over the past few months. However, the only realistic option was Garoppolo. However, they decided to roll the dice on Trubisky, the former Chicago Bears starting QB who fell out of favor and spent a year with the Buffalo Bills as Josh Allen’s backup.

On paper, the Trubisky signing isn’t a home run move, but this is the perfect scenario for both Trubisky and the Steelers.

The Steelers made the right choice by landing Mitchell Trubisky in free agency

For the last couple of months, the Steelers were one of the biggest QB-needy teams in the NFL. The Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Green Bay Packers saw their QB issues resolved. The Washington Commanders acquired Carson Wentz, and Garoppolo’s shoulder surgery has prevented teams from landing him, at least for the time being.

So, the free-agency options weren’t too enticing: Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, and Trubisky were arguably the three best choices.

With that, the Steelers decided to kick the tires on Trubisky. The former No. 2 overall pick flashed a ton of promise coming out of North Carolina, and his Bears tenure was disastrous. However, much of that can be blamed on Matt Nagy and the neverending circus that was his reign as Bears head coach.

The best part about the Trubisky deal for Pittsburgh is the flexibility.

It is only a two-year deal for Trubisky for $14 million, although it could be up to $27.5 million if he hits all his incentives. So, this allows the Steelers flexibility heading into the 2022 NFL Draft and, who knows, a potential Garoppolo trade after all if they aren’t enamored with Trubisky.

Nonetheless, it is a savvy move by the Steelers, who questionably said they felt comfortable with Mason Rudolph as the starter in 2022. It is safe to say that is ancient history, and Rudolph’s days with the organization look even more numbered.

Mitchell Trubisky gets another shot to show that he is a starting QB in the NFL

Dan Orlovsky crushed this analysis on Trubisky. Yes, he faltered down the stretch for the Bears and was not retained. Then, the Bills took a shot and had him sit behind Allen for an entire season.

Well, that must have done some good. After all, Allen is one of the best QBs in the league and continuously spoke highly of Trubisky. Bills head coach Sean McDermott also raved about Trubisky after spending a year together.

Those words mean a lot from a former employer, and now Trubisky is given a perfect opportunity to show his worth once again.

The Steelers made the playoffs in 2021 with an average Big Ben. They have an offensive core consisting of Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and Pat Freiermuth. On defense, T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick lead the way.

The pieces are in place on both sides of the ball, and if Trubisky can be just as good as the 2021 version of Big Ben, the Steelers should have a fighting shot at a playoff spot.

Who knows, maybe Trubisky unlocks his 2018 self when he threw for a career-high in yards (3,223) and touchdowns (24).

The Steelers can draft whoever they like and ease them into action

The Steelers landed Mitchell Trubisky.
Mitchell Trubisky and Steelers HC Mike Tomlin | Robin Alam/ Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

This plan is genius by the Steelers.

All Mike Tomlin does is win games, and the Steelers head coach isn’t ready to take a year off and focus on the 2023 season. Not at all.

So, they sign Trubisky and hope for an average version. Now, they can comfortably take a QB in the 2022 NFL Draft, whether Pitt star Kenny Pickett or phenom Malik Willis. The Steelers could even wait until later and take a guy like Carson Strong, Desmond Ridder, or Bailey Zappe if they wish. They have plenty of options.

The rookie they choose can sit and wait, learn the ropes, and not be forced into action in his first season — barring an injury, of course.

The Trubisky signing isn’t even close to a blockbuster trade for Rodgers, Watson, or Wilson. But, the Steelers keep their roster, own their picks, and have more financial flexibility to think of the long-term.

All Trubisky needs to do is be halfway decent and show the rookie the way to learn the NFL game. It is the perfect scenario all around.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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