Steelers sign Mitchell Trubisky: Former Bears first-rounder, Bills replacement agrees to two-year deal

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The Steelers made their first notable swing at quarterback since Ben Roethlisberger retired, and it involves a former first-round pick. An hour into the NFL’s legal tampering period on Monday, Pittsburgh agreed to terms with former Bears and Bills QB Mitchell Trubisky, CBS Sports NFL insider Jonathan Jones confirmed. This is a two-year, $14.25 million contract, which includes up to $27 million in incentives, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The Steelers were interested in a potential trade for 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo, by Ian Rapoportbut will instead look to Trubisky as a veteran option under center.

Trubisky, 27, may have offered the most upside of a slim free agent QB class, even though his resume is checkered. Drafted No. 2 overall from North Carolina in 2017, he had mixed results during his four-year run with Chicago. After earning a Pro Bowl nod as a double threat for the Bears’ NFC North Championship in 2018, Trubisky struggled to improve on a shaky offense, coming in and out of the bench in his fourth and final year with the team. He signed a one-year deal with the Bills in 2021, appearing in six games as a backup to Josh Allen in the Buffalo playoffs.

It’s still possible, if not likely, that the Steelers will consider adding another QB early in the 2022 draft. But Trubisky offers them an experienced arm at a position along with other generally unproven veterans including Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins and Joshua Dobbs. He had reduced his 2022 options to Pittsburgh and the Giants, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowlerbut picked the Steelers as his best chance to return to the field as a starter.

SportsLine’s Stephen Oh projects Trubisky will have a favorable impact on the Steelers, assuming he takes over under center, improving Pittsburgh’s projected win total from 9.0 to 9.8 and boosting their playoff chances by 13%.

“When he misses a pitch, he misses really badly,” Oh says, “but at the end of the day, Trubisky is still a good statistical QB…and got valuable experience playing behind Josh Allen. He’s probably one of the young QBs the least respected who made the playoffs multiple times in their early years. The Steelers are much better off with him than they would have been with Mason Rudolph. Trubisky playing as an athletic game director and not as an that someone who was drafted ahead of (Patrick) Mahomes and (Deshaun) Watson is a solid option for the coming season.”

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