Mason Rudolph is drawing plenty of trade interest from around the NFL, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The report comes on the heels of trade speculation, including to the Lions, where head coach Dan Campbell hinted that Detroit could use a backup quarterback. Well, according to Rapoport, that is not all speculation. In fact, there is plenty of buzz around the NFL about noted interest in Rudolph.
“My understanding is there is some interest around the league in a potential trade of Mason Rudolph,” Rapoport said. “It sounds like Pittsburgh would listen at the right price.”
Then, on 93.7 the Fan, Eric Edholm, an NFL writer for NFL.com, stated that Rudolph has interest from the Seattle Seahawks and even the Cleveland Browns, despite some tenuous history there. .
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What would the cost be, however? That is unknown, but the Steelers should expect a day three draft pick at most for Rudolph. He has performed well, but backup quarterbacks are simply not that expensive. Mason Rudolph would be no exception to that rule. A fifth or sixth-round draft pick sounds about right for Omar Khan to recoup in a potential trade.
Even still, Rudolph has brushed off all the trade rumors. He is singularly focused on the game against Detroit and what he can do from here on out. With that mindset, even if Sunday is an audition for Rudolph, he could still play his way right out of Pittsburgh, even if he does not control that.
“Maybe so,” Rudolph said on Thursday. “I can’t control that. I don’t try to speculate on that. I know that my teammates and my coaches are the opinions I care about.”
The Steelers will start Mitch Trubisky on Sunday with Kenny Pickett following him. Rudolph is expected to get plenty of playing time, but will be the third quarterback in the rotation.