The Pittsburgh Steelers have found their next quarterback! It’s Mitchell Trubisky, the former second overall pick of the Chicago Bears. Trubisky spent last season as the backup to Josh Allen in Buffalo.
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
In a text to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, Trubisky wrote:
“I am beyond excited and blessed for the opportunity to be a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. I have tremendous respect for the Rooney Family, and Coach Tomlin. They have built one of the best rosters in football and I can’t wait to contribute and help this team continue their success. “
The decision for Trubisky reportedly came down to the Steelers and New York Giants. Trubisky chooses the Steelers because he believes he has a better chance to start right away, and win.
“Going to Buffalo really opened my eyes,” said Trubisky, via ESPN this off-season. “After being in Chicago for four years, there was only one way I knew how to do things. [Being] in Buffalo and [having] a different way of doing things, you learn what’s possible. It helped me get back to instinctual football and using my talents rather than overthinking.”
Trubisky, 27, has a 29-21 record as a starter, and made the 2018 Pro Bowl. During that season, he was 11-3 as the Bears starter leading them to the playoffs. He threw for the most yards of his career with 3,223, and had 24 touchdowns.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen had nothing but good things to say about Trubisky during his time as his backup:
“Mitch has been through the ringer,” Allen said. “No. 2 pick, how he handled being a professional, coming into a situation where you never thought you’ll be in that situation, that’s not easy. But he handled it with such class.
“The dude is an athlete. I don’t think people really understand that. You give him leeway in an offense to have that mindset of, ‘See it, do it, we trust you.’ He’s going to kill it.”
We don’t know the contract details at the moment, besides that it’s a two-year deal. But NFL Insider Tom Pelissero had this break down of Trubisky earlier this season:
he No. 2 overall pick by Chicago in 2017 took a year to reset as the backup in Buffalo — and he now figures to have a strong chance to start again in 2022. Whatever the perception might be, Trubisky is a one-time Pro Bowl selection who was 29-21 (!) in parts of four seasons as the starter on a Bears team that lost before he took over and lost again after he left. Statistically in Years 2-4, Trubisky compares favorably to the likes of Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers at that point in their careers. He’s a good athlete with running ability. He’s a leader. With so many lingering QB questions, somebody will bet on Trubisky’s upside to at least come in and compete. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he commands around $10 million plus incentives on a one-year deal.
More coming soon.