ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph will be a free agent in the 2024 offseason, and in the immediate aftermath of his team’s playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills, he admits he doesn’t know if he’s played his final game with the only NFL franchise he’s ever played for.
It was a surprise season for Rudolph, who entered as the team’s No. 3 quarterback, only to take the reins after Kenny Pickett was injured and Mitch Trubisky was ineffective.
For a player that was a free agent last offseason, only to get no offers and return as the Steelers’ No. 3, the strong end of season play has likely opened up some doors to his continued employment in the NFL — and at a higher level than the veteran-minimum contract he played on in 2023.
But he seems to understand that there’s a chance that might not happen with the Steelers. When asked about his future, Rudolph was admittedly uncertain about what will happen next.
“I have no idea what is going to happen,’ he said. “None of us in (the locker room) know what’s going to happen tomorrow. I’m still thinking about the game and the loss and it hurts and it stings.”
Asked if he would be open to returning to the Steelers, Rudolph was again noncommittal.
“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.”
The Steelers will have to make decisions on a number of free agents this offseason, as well as make a plan for the future of the quarterback position, after Pickett was benched for Rudolph down the stretch run.