4 players who are playing their way out of the Steelers plans in 2024

These players are under contract in 2024 (but maybe not for long).

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2. Mitch Trubisky, Quarterback

Believe it or not, Mitch Trubisky was once considered by many in the NFL media to be one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league. The former 2nd overall draft pick didn't cut it as a franchise quarterback with the Bears, but with experience and tools, he was looking like the perfect backup in Buffalo before signing with the Steelers during the 2022 offseason.

After watching his performance when asked to step in over the past two seasons, the Steelers should be kicking themselves for not only signing Mitch Trubisky to a sizable contract but also because they recently gave him a lofty extension.

In total, the Steelers would fork up over $25.5 million to their backup quarterback if he plays out the remainder of his contract (scheduled through the 2025 season). To the right player, this might not be the worst deal in the world -- especially with how often Kenny Pickett has been injured. But this is a player that we don't even know is the second-best option on the team at the position.

Mitch Trubisky has played like a rookie (as reflected in his poor decision-making). He's a guy who probably shouldn't be making much more than the veteran minimum -- let alone raking in over $7 million per year. The Steelers would have to take a sizable dead cap hit just to get rid of him during the 2024 offseason, but the results on the field haven't warranted a return following the 2023 season.