Mitchell Trubisky was the hottest thang smoking in free agency circles – at least, when it came to the quarterbacks.
After taking a year to be Josh Allen’s understudy in Buffalo, Trubisky returns to free agency with a rehabilitated quarterback image. And soon, he’ll be putting what he learned to the test with the Pittsburgh Steelers:
The #Steelers have reached agreement on a two-year deal with QB Mitchell Trubisky, sources say. The former No. 2 overall pick heads to Pittsburgh as the expected starter in place of the retired Ben Roethlisberger.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 14, 2022
Every comeback story needs someone to take a chance on them. The Steelers are that somebody for Trubisky.
UPDATE — And for real money, too:
The #Steelers are signing QB Mitch Trubisky to a two-year, $14.25 million deal that's worth up to $27M with incentives, source said.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 15, 2022
Pittsburgh has been connected with any number of offseason possibilities. Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson have been linked to the Steelers throughout the offseason. But, instead, it is Trubisky getting a crack to take over a Steelers team that is coming off a playoff appearance. Good for him. After dealing with what he did while with the Bears, Trubisky deserves as much.
Trubisky, 27, was the second overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He put up a 29-21 record as a starter over four seasons with Chicago. But because he never reached the heights of draft classmates Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson — whom the Bears passed on drafting in favor of Trubisky — his “good” simply wasn’t good enough for a team needing to take advantage of a rapidly closing competitive window. The QBs who have since followed Trubisky showed that it was more than just his shortcomings, inefficiencies, and inconsistency that was problematic. Hence, we’re here with a new GM and head coach from the ones Trubisky last head in Chicago.
In the end, I feel good for Trubisky. If only we could all be so lucky to take a a gap year to find ourselves. Maybe Mitchell’s move will inspire us to do just that sometime soon.
P.S. — What a nugget this is:
The AFC North now features the first QB taken in each of the 2017, 2018 and 2020 NFL Drafts:
Bengals: Joe Burrow (1st overall in 2020)
Browns: Baker Mayfield (1st overall in 2018)
Steelers: Mitch Trubisky (2nd overall in 2017)
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 14, 2022