5 quarterbacks the Steelers could start if Big Ben retires

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Mitchell Trubisky

The first two options listed would be an acceptance of sorts from the Steelers. We won’t win, and we are ok with that as it sets us up better to get our franchise quarterback next year. Mitchell Trubisky is a different case though, as he has flashed the ability to be a franchise player, but his inconsistencies have made it impossible for the Bears to invest in him as such.

With Trubisky set to be a free agent this offseason, it would make a lot of sense for the Steelers to kick the tires on him if they hope to get their guy in free agency. He would be the most expensive player so far on this list, but he would arguably be the best fit in terms of the Steelers trying to be a competitive team in 2021. As well, if he rebounds and plays well, he could parlay that into a long-term deal with the Steelers.

There are cons to Trubisky as well. He will likely command the most money out of any of the options on this list, and he has proven to make some horrible decisions as a quarterback when starting. There would be little guarantee that he would be worth the money the Steelers would have to pay him. That said, if the team truly wants to capitalize on this talented defense, Trubisky is the most likely to get the Steelers the most wins. As well though, he could also end up failing and costing the Steelers a good deal of money while failing.