Trying to figure out what to do at the quarterback spot this offseason might be the biggest concern for the Steelers. Is Kenny Pickett still the unquestionable starter next year? Or does the team have to go out and find someone who will push him for that starting job each week? It seems like the organization is open to the idea of moving on from Pickett as the only starting option if the opportunity presents itself.
Mason Rudolph went from a third-string quarterback to someone who has led Pittsburgh to another non-losing season. The offense looked night and day better with him at the helm for the most part. Rudolph is currently scheduled to become a free agent and the last few weeks of the regular season probably jump up his asking price for his next contract when free agency rolls around.
Pittsburgh could remain a top landing spot in free agency for Mason Rudolph
It is somewhat surprising that Rudolph returned for this season as many have projected him to leave years ago. He stuck around and took advantage of his opportunity to take the Steelers to better heights with his play at the conclusion of the regular season. He is not a spotless quarterback, but he has done enough that the Steelers need to consider bringing him back.
Whether or not he wishes to re-sign is another topic of conversation. Pittsburgh would need to offload Mitch Trubisky and cement Rudolph as the second option behind Pickett at least. Maybe he deserves a legit shot at the starting spot when training camp rolls around too. Many will want a better option to push Pickett for the starting gig, but Rudolph has shown he can produce when called upon.
Rudolph's time in Pittsburgh has not been sunshine and rainbows, as he routinely fell down the depth chart. He will likely be best as a backup when we look at his ability with realistic expectations. He might cost a pretty penny this time around, but he would be a solid second option if the Steelers were able to find a legit replacement for Pickett heading into next season.
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