With the Steelers’ season over, the attention now turns to the offseason and what they can do to shift their fortunes moving forward. For the team, addressing the quarterback situation and figuring out what the plan is moving forward is key, especially since it seems like Mike Tomlin is on his way back.
On NFL Live, Dan Orlovsky believes it’s time for the team to upgrade their quarterback situation. He suggested three different options the team could acquire: Justin Fields, Kirk Cousins, and Baker Mayfield.
“The number call should be to Chicago, and you’re trying to see where they stand with Justin Fields, if they’re going to take somebody at number one or keep him,” Orlovsky said. “The second call would be to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I don’t think Baker Mayfield is going to leave them, considering they are in the divisional round, but I would make that my second call. My third call would be to the Minnesota Vikings. Where do you stand on Kirk Cousins?”
For context, Mayfield and Cousins are both free agents and would not require compensation to land. But the Steelers could look to land a splash this offseason, or at least, someone to push Kenny Pickett. Then, there is the idea of Mason Rudolph, who played well. But will he return? He seemed not to know.
“I love the Pittsburgh Steelers,” he said. “They’ve been my only home for six years. We’ll see what happens. Like I said, it’s not really my decision. A lot of it is outside of my control. We’ll see what happens.”
Fields, Cousins, and Mayfield are all vastly different options on the career arc path. And Mayfield and Cousins would cost a nice chunk of change when the team is up on the salary cap, even if they can clear space, that would come at a cost of addressing other positions.