Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Omar Khan threw cold water on the idea of trading one of his quarterbacks in an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday.
Khan was asked about the Steelers making a trade from his trio of quarterbacks that is currently competing for the starting job. There have been specific rumors about their potentially being a market for incumbent backup Mason Rudolph. But Khan doesn’t sound like if there’s a trade made, it will come from a strong Steelers desire to trade one of those three players.
“You take calls, but I’ll be honest with you, we don’t have any intention of trading any of those guys,” Khan said. “We really like them. There’s some decisions to be made, but I’d be surprised if anything happens down that path.”
The Steelers have made similar moves in the past, trading quarterback Josh Dobbs to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fifth-round draft pick in 2019 when the performances of Rudolph and Devlin Hodges made him expendable. The Steelers have four quarterbacks on their roster, but seventh-round rookie Chris Oladokun has taken very few team snaps.
Khan did say he had been in touch with “five or six” other general managers throughout the day on Tuesday as the teams went through the start of the NFL roster cut-down process.
“Everyone is trying to figure out if anyone has anything to swap out,” he said. “It’s just a natural process. The phone is ringing a lot this time of the year.”
Khan said he has fielded some lopsided offers as the other NFL general managers have gone out or their way to test the chops of the new guy in the market.
“Absolutely, people are testing you,” Khan said. “There’s no doubt about it. Without getting into names and specifics, 100% that’s happening.”