Friday, June 2, 2023

Preliminary financial details emerge for QB Mitch Trubisky’s two-year contract extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers are signing quarterback QB Mitch Trubisky to a contract, after going broke by general manager Omar Khan. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it is a two-year extension.

While the Steelers have yet to announce an extension, Rapoport reports that the three-year total now stands at $19.4 million. He says Trubisky stands to earn a total of $33 million over the life of the contract.

We still don’t know what the extension caps Trubisky’s 2023 salary cap, which was $10.625 million before he signed the two-year extension. That being said, it should be down a bit and probably around $4 million or more. Trubisky was to earn a base salary of $8 million in 2023, and also $2.625 million in 2023, his previous prorated signing bonus amount for 2023. His previous contract also included playing time and other incentives, so we’ll have to see if he adjusts as part of this extension.

Trubisky signed a two-year deal with the Steelers through 2022, becoming one of the first free agents to sign. He began the previous season as the team’s starter, but lost his job in the middle of Week 4 due to being benched for quarterback Kenny Pickett. Trubisky appeared in seven games in 2022, starting five, throwing four touchdowns to five interceptions.

The Steelers value his leadership, mentorship and overall NFL experience and now have Trubisky secured as Puckett’s backup for the foreseeable future. Khan previously referenced a possible extension at the NFL Combine, saying he expected Trubisky to be on the roster for years to come, and now a deal is in place.

Trubisky was the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Selected by the Chicago Bears, he had his ups and downs with the team, but made the Pro Bowl in 2018. He started 50 games for the Bears, throwing 64 touchdown passes with 37 interceptions. He spent 2021 in Buffalo as Josh Allen’s backup, throwing only eight passes, before the Steelers signed him in 2022 to be their short-term starter. Now, it looks like his long term backup.

Pittsburgh’s quarterback room should be similar in 2022 with Puckett ending up as the starter, Trubisky as the No. 2 and Mason Rudolph as the third-string quarterback. Rudolph signed a one-year deal with the team on Wednesday.

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