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It’s time to put the Steelers QB situation speculation to bed

The Pittsburgh Steelers have an issue at the quarterback position, and their global fan base knows all about it. Well, maybe they do. The issue is they only have one quarterback on their current roster.


With Mitch Trubisky released shortly after Super Bowl 58, and Mason Rudolph slated to be a free agent, it leaves only Kenny Pickett on the team’s depth chart. That is certainly an issue for the team moving forward. The next question which needs answered from that point is how they are going to fill out the depth chart.

The national media, and therefore the local media, have been working double time on getting the name Justin Fields out in front of fans as a potential option for the Steelers. Some have even thrown out the name Kirk Cousins as an option for the Steelers in 2024. Who to believe? What will the team do?

After speaking to our source, the answer is it’s time to put these rumors and speculation to bed on the aforementioned individuals.

To make it clear, it just doesn’t fit. The capital needed to obtain a player like Justin Fields isn’t what the Steelers can, or are willing to, give up at the moment. Likewise, Cousins, even coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon, would cost way too much money for the Steelers to spend at the quarterback position.

If you’ve been paying attention to our sourced information this offseason, you know we also reported the team is going to keep their options open at the quarterback position. So, if Fields and Cousins don’t fit, who does?

Everyone who pays attention knows the Steelers have made it clear they want to bring back Mason Rudolph, and that remains their focus this offseason. If Rudolph takes an offer elsewhere, they will need to look at another veteran who could come in and be a player who could compete with Pickett. If Russell Wilson’s contract fits, meaning he plays on the veteran minimum after his guaranteed money from the Denver Broncos carries over, he could be an option. But that is a large “if”. Other than that, the Steelers are planning on searching for cheaper options in free agency to help fill out the depth chart at the position.

Many fans won’t want to hear this, but the Steelers absolutely are giving Pickett to prove himself this offseason. What they don’t want to do is head in 2024 without any emergency plan in case Pickett struggles. While that player might not be the “big fish” many wanted, they still have to try and improve the roster through free agency and the 2024 NFL Draft.

Want to hear more about all this? Check out the podcast in the player below, and be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the rest of the 2024 offseason.

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