Veteran quarterback Mason Rudolph has spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but one beat reporter thinks he could be playing for a new team in 2022.
Rudolph, who was drafted by the Steelers in the third round (No. 76 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft, has started 10 games in his NFL career. Pittsburgh is 5-4-1 in those games.
The former Oklahoma State star has become an expendable player for the Steelers this offseason, thanks to the free-agent signing of Mitch Trubisky and the decision to draft Kenny Pickett in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
That’s why The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly thinks Rudolph will be traded before the start of the 2022 season.
Here’s what Kaboly had to say:
I would anticipate a trade for potentially a fifth-round pick before the cutdown on Aug. 31. Remember, the Steelers won’t have a compensatory pick or a fifth-round pick (traded to the Seahawks for Ahkello Witherspoon) next year, so surely they would be looking to add to that count.
Rudolph undoubtedly wants a shot at a starting job, but that seems extremely unlikely to happen in Pittsburgh. The Steelers’ signing of Trubisky signaled that they weren’t comfortable with Rudolph as the starting quarterback in 2022. The decision to draft Pickett in the first round seemingly further solidifies that thinking.
At the very least, I’m sure Rudolph would like to be a top backup option somewhere. It’s possible that could be the case in Pittsburgh, but it seems more likely that the Steelers will trade Rudolph for a late-round draft pick.
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