Steelers news: Mitch Trubisky contract details, T.J. Watt pool incident, and more
By Tommy Jaggi
Omar Khan and Andy Weidl haven't had much time to kick up their feet and relax after a remarkably busy offseason. The general manager and assistant GM have already made numerous roster moves since Steelers rookie minicamp that took place over Mother's Day weekend.
As we gear up for the weekend, we have learned of some contract details for Mitch Trubisky and a silly swimming pool accident involving T.J. Watt that was caught on his security camera. Here's the latest Steelers news.
On Friday morning, the Pittsburgh Steelers made the Mitch Trubisky contract extension official. For the time being, Over the Cap has not updated the official numbers, but we did learn some specifics of the deal. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirms that it's a two-year extension -- making it a total of three years and $19.4 million.
This means that Trubisky is now signed through the 2025 season with an average annual earnings of $6.46 million. We don't exactly how the money has been distributed at this point in time, but we can assume that the primary goal was to lower the quarterback's cap hit for the 2023 season.
Trubisky can earn as much as $33 million total with incentives over the duration of this contract, but this would likely require significant playing time to do so. The Steelers now officially have their backup quarterback locked up for at least the next three years.
More Steelers news:
Fans got a brief scare yesterday, as security cam footage from T.J. Watt's home showed Pittsburgh's star defender slipping and falling into his swimming pool as he attempted to clean it.
Watt quickly laughed it off and insisted that he is 'completely ok' following the incident. Fans on Twitter responded to and quote-tweeted the video -- some of whom were saying the Steelers' 2023 season was close to being ruined.
This is obviously an overreaction, but we all know how important T.J. Watt is to the team's success. His wife quickly videoed him immediately after the incident while he was still in the pool laughing it off.
In NFL news, Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports posted an article about 'one reason to be optimistic' about each team that missed the playoffs following the 2022 season. For the Steelers, Benjamin pointed to a forthcoming second-year leap from quarterback, Kenny Pickett.
""Few young QBs are better suited for a leap than Kenny Pickett. The second-year man still has lots of room to grow after a rookie year defined more by late-season grit than eye-popping play-making. But the Steelers have a better line, now featuring ex-Eagles starter Isaac Seumalo, as well as an underrated skill group that includes Diontae Johnson, George Pickens, Allen Robinson and Pat Freiermuth. If Mike Tomlin's always tough "D" is also intact, it's not crazy to think this team could be a sneaky playoff contender.""- Cody Benjamin, CBS SPorts
Benjamin also notes the new talent surrounding Pickett on offense in year two with players like guard Isaac Seumalo and quality skill players that now includes Allen Robinson. Surprisingly, Benjamin didn't even mention new left tackle Broderick Jones and tight end Darnell Washington, but we can assume these additions are only going to help Pickett in 2023.