Connect with us

Steelers News

Steelers Set to Start Russell Wilson, Justin Fields as Backup

The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to start Russell Wilson and have Justin Fields as the backup, according to reports.



Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Russell Wilson
Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) huddles up teammates prior to an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

According to multiple reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers are set to start Russell Wilson with newly-acquired Justin Fields as the backup heading into training camp. The team signed Wilson for just $1.21 million on the veteran minimum while acquiring Fields for a sixth-round pick that could turn into a conditional fourth-round pick.

Fields took a small step forward in 2023, his third year as Chicago’s starting quarterback. The 24-year-old Ohio State alum threw 370 times, completing 227 for 2,562 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw nine interceptions and maintained an 86.3 passer rating and a 5.29 adjusted net yards per attempt.

Last season, he was 192 of 318 for 2,242 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, an 85.2 quarterback rating and 4.63 adjusted net yards per attempt.

Justin Fields is entering the final year of his rookie contract and the Steelers must decide this offseason if they want to pick up the fifth-year option on his contract. That would be a guaranteed $25 million contract for 2025. The Steelers could negotiate a traditional contract extension.