The Pittsburgh Steelers top QB options for the future post-2020

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback #7 Ben Roethlisberger. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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With the Pittsburgh Steelers likely picking late, it wouldn’t be crazy to think that they could look towards free agency for a player with NFL tape.

There are primarily two options I picture being viable if the Steelers were to choose a QB to commit to for the future from free agency. When thinking about the 2021 free agent QB’s I looked at 2 factors. I looked at younger options that had less of a chance to succeed with their original teams. I also looked at who I thought might be more affordable and who might fit into the offense better in the long term.

The first option is Mitch Trubisky. He is likely going to test free agency after losing his starting job to Nick Foles for what is likely the remainder of the season. Mitch is young, and he has the talent to do it. The 2018 pro bowl nominee has dealt with his share of instability in Chicago’s offense. I truly believe he would fit better in a relatively more college-style game plan. Pittsburgh loves the shotgun. Trubisky mainly played from the gun at UNC and I think that suits his game best. More importantly, he would have a much more stable group of weapons to choose from all over the board. Pittsburgh is the WR mecca in the NFL. Aside from Allen Robinson III and Anthony Miller, I can’t think of many other viable threats at Trubisky’s disposal on his career from the WR spot.

The second option would be Nathan Peterman. He walked into a terrible scenario for Buffalo at the time. He had no viable weapons at RB or WR and he played behind a relatively poor offensive line. The upgrade in weapons and protection would be the perfect scenario for the former PITT standout to revive his career. He has a cannon and while could still use some work he has a wealth of untapped potential that Buffalo never had the means, nor the intentions of grasping.

I personally think of the two, Trubisky has the higher floor. But I would go with Nathan Peterman here. He would need time to adjust and work into the role, but he has the stronger arm of the two, and to be honest, he would come at a significantly cheaper rate than a former pro-bowler. I am also factoring the fact that Peterman could potentially have the higher ceiling with having so few chances to succeed in the NFL. He is the wild card here and I take the gamble on whether he has more to show than his past performance up to this point.