New Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Mitch Trubisky can make more than was expected as his current contract includes playing time bonuses, according to Sports IIlustrated’s Albert Breer.
Trubisky’s contract holds a $1.035 million base salary for the 2022 season with a $5.25 million signing bonus.
If the five-year pro plays 60% of the snaps this upcoming season he will earn a $1 million roster bonus in March. However, if Trubisky is the Steelers’ signal caller for 70% of the snaps, the bonus increases to $4 million.
The roster bonuses are not guaranteed and are entirely dependent on the amount of snaps that Trubisky takes behind center.
Trubisky will also make $250,000 for each appearance in the Pro Bowl. Trubisky was selected to play in the NFL’s all-star game in 2018, but hasn’t appeared in it since. Altogether, the deal is for two years and $14.285 million with the potential to reach $26.785 million if all incentives are reached.
After drafting former Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett with the No. 20 pick in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Steelers will likely make a quick decision regarding Trubisky’s future.
The former Chicago Bears’ and Buffalo Bills’ quarterback will begin camp in an open competition with Pickett and Mason Rudolph for the starting job. The team also drafted quarterback Chris Oladokun out of South Dakota State in the seventh round, although it is extremely unlikely that he will be considered for the starting job.
Trubisky took the Bears to the playoffs in 2018 for the first time since 2010 and again in 2020. He spent 2021 backing up MVP candidate Josh Allen in Buffalo.