3 reasons the Steelers should acquire Baker Mayfield
Mayfield would be the Steelers insurance policy
Let’s say that Mayfield does not or could not play well enough to win the starting role. That’s perfectly fine. Not that a lot would expect that to occur. If it happened, most would be shocked. Some might even be shocked if he edged out Rudolph for the backup role.
If you recall, there was a time when the Steelers did have quality quarterbacks on the bench to fill in in case of injury. At different points in time, they had Charlie Batch, Byron Leftwich, Michael Vick, to name a few. All quality former high-round draft selections that you knew you could rely on if the Steelers needed their services.
Another thing you need to keep in mind is that the NFL expanded the season to 17 games. It is an additional opportunity for a quarterback injury with one extra game. A long list of teams had quarterbacks miss at least one game or more in 2021. Expect the same thing to occur in 2022. When your quarterback goes down, at least the Steelers will have one former starter who could keep a game in reach, and the Steelers the opportunity to win a game if their starter and even the second-stringer find himself injured.
Also, there is the possibility Trubisky could fail outright. Hopefully, he won’t, but it’s always possible. Supposing that is the case having Mayfield would at least buy the Steelers some time to review their situation and allow them to transition to a franchise quarterback they draft out of the 2023 draft class.