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Steelers Rumors: Mason Rudolph Has Drawn Trade Interest Ahead of Week 1

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVAugust 26, 2022

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - AUGUST 20: Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass during the second half of a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on August 20, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have a crowded quarterback room with Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett presumably ahead of Mason Rudolph, and they reportedly could trade the third-stringer.

"My understanding is there is some interest around the league in a potential trade of Mason Rudolph," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported. "It sounds like the Pittsburgh Steelers would listen at the right price."

Rudolph is better known and has more experience than many third-stringers.

After all, he made eight starts for Pittsburgh during the 2019 campaign and started one game in each of the last two seasons. He is 5-4-1 as a starter and has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,366 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his career.

Rudolph was also famously involved in a dust-up during a 2019 game against the Cleveland Browns when Myles Garrett hit him with a helmet and was subsequently suspended.

The 27-year-old was facing an uphill battle for playing time in 2022 after Pittsburgh signed Trubisky and selected Pickett with the No. 20 overall pick of the 2022 NFL draft.

Pickett, who was the first quarterback taken in the draft, has also seemingly cemented his spot as the primary backup with an impressive preseason.

In games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks, he went a combined 19-of-22 passing for 171 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has looked like someone who could be the quarterback of the future in Pittsburgh even if Trubisky will start in 2022.

There may not be much of a future for Rudolph on the Steelers.

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