Bleacher Report’s Brad Gagnon has proposed a trade each team should make ahead of the 2021 season, and believes the Pittsburgh Steelers should deal quarterback Mason Rudolph.
In a crowded quarterback room behind Ben Roethlisberger, Gagnon feels Pittsburgh should put their faith behind Dwayne Haskins as a potential successor instead of Rudolph.
“There’s a chance that neither Mason Rudolph nor Dwayne Haskins will successfully take over for Ben Roethlisberger as the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback down the line, but Rudolph has done almost nothing to inspire confidence during his first three seasons,” Gagnon wrote. “It’s time for the Steelers to give Haskins the clearer path by moving on from the 2018 third-round pick in favor of their reclamation project from Washington.”
Given his track record with Steelers and Haskins’ perceived untapped potential, Gagnon thinks Rudolph has to go, regardless of what Pittsburgh may or may not be able to get in return.
“Remember, the man was the No. 15 overall pick in the draft just two years ago,” he writes. “That means making it known that Rudolph is available via trade to anyone looking for another option or more depth at the most important position in the sport. It’s possible they’ll get nothing for the 25-year-old, but he’s got the size, toughness and vision to land somewhere else as a QB2 in 2021.”
Originally a third round selection of the Steelers in 2018, Rudolph has seen action in 15 games and made nine starts.
He has thrown for 2,089 yards and 15 touchdowns with ten interceptions.
Rudolph signed a one-year extension in April.