Former Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills quarterback Mitch Trubisky will sign a 2-year deal with the Steelers, per a report from Mike Garafolo. Per Albert Breer, the base value of the deal is around $14 million. That’s a very reasonable price for Trubisky, who has the opportunity to show he has improved during his time in Buffalo. If Trubisky hits his incentives, his deal could be worth up to $27 million per Brooke Pryor.
New Steelers QB Mitchell Trubisky is set to sign a two-year deal with a base value of $14 million, per source. Reasonable price for Pittsburgh, good opportunity for Trubisky.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 15, 2022
Mitch Trubisky's 2-year deal is indeed worth up to $27M with incentives, per source.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) March 15, 2022
A lot would have to happen for all of those incentives to kick in, but it shows the Steelers are giving Trubisky an opportunity to prove himself and will greatly reward him if he does.
When Trubisky was drafted by the Bears second overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, it seemed like a massive reach. That thought proved to be true, as he was never really able to find consistent success in the Windy City. Though that realistically could have been more about coaching than it was about him as a player.
He did help lead Chicago to two playoff appearances, doing the heavy lifting for the offense in an exciting 11-3 2018 campaign, which he was never really able to capture the momentum from. He’s 0-2 all-time in playoff games as well and signed a free agent one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills to sit behind Josh Allen last season.
As a backup to one of the most electric and surprisingly durable quarterbacks currently in the NFL, he didn’t see the field very often, but when he did it was fine yet unremarkable. He appeared in six games, threw eight passes and completed six of them for 43 yards and an interception. The only time he was coming into the game was when Buffalo was ahead by a significant margin, so passing wasn’t the priority. He also ran the ball 13 times for 24 yards and hit paydirt once.
What it means for Steelers
Trubisky has ability, but it often doesn’t come out until his team is down 20 points. His skill as a rusher will be an extremely new dynamic for the Steelers and really, nobody is going to be as bad as Ben Roethlisberger was last season. The Steelers likely look at Trubisky as a bridge quarterback for another yet to be seen QB.