4 free agent quarterbacks Steelers could sign for added competition

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2). Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2). Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Steelers may have just signed Dwayne Haskins, but here are four free agents they can bring in for added competition at the position. 

Don’t for a second let the signing of Dwayne Haskins lead you to believe that the Steelers have their quarterback situation figured out. Though Haskins was the 15th overall pick in the draft two years ago, the only reason he’s even getting another look is because of his draft position. On the NFL stage, Haskins fell flat on his face and it was hard to look at his statistical production (particularly his yards per attempt) without disgust on your face.

The two players ahead of him on the roster aren’t much better. Mason Rudolph had a solid game in Week 17 against the Browns, but still has limited tools to work with and zero mobility to be anything more than a statue in the pocket, while Ben Roethlisberger is on his last legs and it clearly shows.

Much of what the Steelers do at the quarterback position will be contingent upon whether or not Ben returns for another season (which looks like it will be the case). But even if he does, Pittsburgh is far from tied to Haskins’ reserve/future contract. Here are four quarterbacks Pittsburgh could bring in for added competition:

Jameis Winston

Of all the free-agent quarterback options that could be on the Steelers radar this year, Jameis Winston is the one who is arguably the most deserving of earning another starting gig. While it was concerning to see a 30-interception season from him just two years ago, he was also able to lead the league in passing yards (5,109) and throw for 33 touchdowns at the age of 25.

Winston still has things that he needs to work on, and decision making may always be an issue. However, nobody seemed to mind when Roethlisberger led the NFL in interceptions over a four-year stretch from 2015-2018. At the very least, Winston still has great arm talent to work with and his 8.2 yards per attempt in his most recent year as a starter was a better number than Ben has had in five years.