Steelers, QB Mitch Trubisky Agree to Contract Extension
The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to a two-year contract extension with backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky, general manager Omar Khan said Thursday in an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show.
The move will keep Trubisky as Pickett’s backup through the end of the 2024 season, and also lower his cap hit for the 2023 season.
“We feel good about our quarterback room,” Khan said. “We feel really good about Mitch Trubisky in the role he’s in and he feels good about it. We’ve added Mason Rudolph. So we’re really excited about our QB room.”
Trubisky, 28, came to Pittsburgh as a free agent in March 2022, when he signed a two-year contract worth $14.285 that was expected to make Trubisky the team’s starting quarterback for the two seasons following the departure of Ben Roethlisberger.
Trubisky’s tenure was shortened when the team drafted Kenny Pickett in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Pickett took over for Trubisky in the fourth week of the 2022 season, but Trubisky seemed to thrive in a backup role, coming in twice to relieve Pickett after he suffered concussions.
Trubisky ended up playing in seven games and starting five. He completed 117 of 180 passes (65%) for 1,252 yards, four touchdowns, five interceptions.
The Steelers reducing the cap hit with Trubisky for 2023 comes a day after the team saved $4 million by releasing cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon. The club still likely needs to create more cap space before the start of the 2023 season, but has the ability to restructure some contracts, particularly outside linebacker T.J. Watt, if they wish to.