Steelers inhouse QB options
The Steelers have only the aforementioned three quarterbacks on their offseason roster. Of those three, only Rudolph is set to become a free agent and will need a new contract if he were to be brought back. The team traditionally carries three quarterbacks during the season and four in camp, so some work needs to happen.
Pickett is the easiest name to figure out. Still in the middle of his rookie deal, there is no reason to move on from him. While his play hasn’t been good, you still have three years of control over him. This team is too proud to admit defeat more than likely, so he’s locked into a roster spot.
Trubisky is a different story. He failed to perform well when forced into action, and considering his contract, it is hard to justify keeping him around. He should be cut, and the only question is how what his total savings will be. An outright release saves this team almost 3 million dollars. A post-June 1st designation kicks the can down the road but saves this team over 5 million this season.
Rudolph becomes the only question mark for this team. A pending free agent, one has to think that he will have some sort of a market unlike a year ago. While his play wasn't dynamic, he was a bright spot when called into action.
The issue is that even backup quarterbacks fetch a nice price. I have my doubts about Rudolph as a long-term option, so paying him on a new deal is a risk. That said, as you will soon see, the Steelers options this year aren’t that great. The team may have to bite the bullet and give him more than he deserves in order to provide legitimate competition.