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Florio: Steelers Could be QB Trade Partner With Jets



Steelers QBs Mason Rudolph and Mitch Trubisky
Steelers QBs Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph at training camp, Aug. 1, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The New York Jets may look to acquire a veteran quarterback to backup or even start over Zach Wilson at some point in the season following the news that Aaron Rodgers is out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles. However, could the Steelers be one of those teams that could get a call from the Jets front office?

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk joined 93.7 the Fan on Wednesday and discussed the possibility. He sees the Jets and Steelers as natural partners since the Steelers are one of the few teams that carry the extra backup quarterback with Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph on the bench. Florio thinks the Steelers could make the move if draft compensation is offered.

“The Steelers are one of the few teams that have the extra backup, and they could do it and say ‘Trubisky and Rudolph could back up Pickett’, or vice versa,” Florio said. “The danger is depending upon what their approach would be if they ride with Zach Wilson.”

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Pittsburgh has that luxury, but this is about the twentieth time Rudolph and Trubisky have had trade rumors around their name. It seems unlikely, as Mike Tomlin likes having the security of the two backups. Moreover, Jets head coach Robert Saleh came out with Wilson’s ringing endorsement, not wanting anyone to step on his toes. With that in mind, it is hard to see the Jets aiming too high for a backup.

Rudolph could make sense, but Trubisky likely starts in that situation. The Steelers just signed Trubisky to an extension, so trading him makes little sense. If New York wants Rudolph that badly and they blow them away with draft compensation, then I am sure the Steelers would look at that and make a move.

However, it seems unlikely right now that the Jets would trade for anyone who does not threaten Wilson or presents a clear upgrade. Someone such as Jacoby Brissett could make sense if the Commanders look to move on and embrace Sam Howell for the entire year if the Jets want that type of upgrade.

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Edward Carmichael
Edward Carmichael
September 14, 2023 9:35 am

as a true Steelers fan, if the New York Jets want a quarterback Steelers Omar Khan will give the New York Jets Mitchell Trubisky or Mason Rudolph for a 2024 number# 1 draft pick so the Steelers can have two number# 1 draft picks for 2024 draft

September 21, 2023 9:47 am

A #1 lol!!! that will never happen maybe a fourth or fifth

Roberta J Campbell lord I hope this team tirn
Roberta J Campbell lord I hope this team tirn
September 14, 2023 5:05 pm

I’m not sure what kind of draft capital the Jets have to trade. I am not sure what they gave up to get Rodgers.

The Obvious Truth
The Obvious Truth
September 16, 2023 11:08 am

Let me axe you a question. how do illiterates end up as “journalists”???

“As for the Steelers, they just Trubisky to an extension, so the trade makes little sense.

Nothing makes as little sense as that alleged sentence.

it must be because of affirmative action, right??