4 Steelers free agents who could be forced into retirement

These Steelers free agents may have already played their final snaps in the NFL.

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4. Mitch Trubisky, QB

It might seem wild that a former second-overall pick could be forced into retirement before the age of 30, but that could be the case when it comes to Mitch Trubisky. Following a thoroughly disappointing 2023 season in which he was benched and demoted to the team's third-string quarterback, the Steelers released Trubisky ahead of free agency.

Now the veteran quarterback will be looking to land on his fourth NFL team at the lowest point of his career. In 2023, Trubisky completed just 67 of 107 passes for a dismal 5.9 yards per attempt to go with 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. This equated to a passer rating of just 71.9 on the season.

After his recent stint in Pittsburgh, it's very unlikely that any other team will view Trubisky as a QB2. If this proves to be the case, the veteran quarterback, at best, will be looking to hold down a job as a reserve third-string quarterback.

However, when it comes to this role, most teams prefer to go with a younger quarterback with upside that they could potentially groom into a bigger role. That description no longer fits Trubisky. Mitch's former draft status might save his NFL career for one more contract, but I would not be surprised if he doesn't draw any interest this offseason.

All stats and snap counts courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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