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The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly in no hurry to go on from quarterback Mason Rudolph even amid calls from other teams.
In accordance with NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the AFC North club is “reluctant to deal him” despite interest elsewhere. While Rudolph is likely to function as third-stringer behind Mitchell Trubisky and Kenny Pickett, Pelissero noted he “is on the books for $3 million this year and Pittsburgh isn’t giving him away.”
On Friday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported “it appears like the Pittsburgh Steelers would listen at the proper price” for a potential Rudolph trade.
The most recent development means they haven’t received an offer at that price, and securing to him for the immediate future could be the right call. In the end, teams round the league could possibly be looking for a short-term quarterback fix if you can find any injuries in the first portion of the growing season, which may only increase Pittsburgh’s leverage such discussions.
While Rudolph could be best known to be on the receiving end of Myles Garrett’s helmet swing through the infamous 2019 incident that led to a suspension for the Cleveland Browns defensive end, he’s got an improved resume than most third-stringers.
He could be 5-4-1 as a starter during the last three seasons with eight of the starts and every one of the wins to arrive that 2019 campaign.
The Oklahoma State product completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 1,765 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions instead of Ben Roethlisberger that season and at the very least helped the team tread water as the starter was sidelined.
Yet Rudolph’s long-term future might not be in Pittsburgh.
Not merely is he presumably behind a rookie on the depth chart, he could be scheduled going to free agency following the upcoming campaign. He might be considered a cheap backup option for the Steelers given the existing roster construction, however they could garner some value for him in a deal before he potentially leaves this offseason.