4 Steelers veterans in danger of losing their jobs following NFL Draft
1. Steelers QB Mason Rudolph
The writing is on the wall for Mason Rudolph. There weren’t many fans who expected Rudolph to realistically compete for the starting job, much less lead the franchise into the future. While Rudolph has proven himself as a capable backup, his inconsistencies were put on full display in 2019.
The Steelers went back and forth with the former third-round pick from Oklahoma State and Devlin Hodges. A lot of fans got behind the man known as “Duck” and turned on Rudolph rather quickly. Rudolph is a polarizing figure to Steelers fans. Signing Mitch Trubisky and drafting Kenny Pickett all but seals his fate as a Steeler.
Pittsburgh will all but certainly look to trade Rudolph to a backup quarterback-needy team, but how much would teams be willing to give up for a backup quarterback? This will likely be similar to the trading of Josh Dobbs when the Steelers sent him to the Jaguars. Pittsburgh kept Dobbs throughout the preseason and got a sixth-round pick in return from Jacksonville.
Rudolph can give a team good backup value. Especially in the case of a team that is loaded offensively, he can keep the ship from sinking for a few games if the starter goes down with an injury. He has something to offer, it’s just blatantly clear it won’t be in Pittsburgh. A fresh start would do him a lot of good.