Steelers Open To Keeping Mitch Trubisky, Despite Massive Cap Hit

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The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t sound interested in cutting Mitch Trubisky loose.

Trubisky has one year left on his deal with the Steelers, and his cap hit is just slightly north of $10.6 million for the upcoming season. With Kenny Pickett locked in as the franchise’s starter, it would be a bold move to carry a backup with such a large cap hit.

However, it sounds like that’s exactly what the Steelers plan to do with Mitch Trubisky, who opened last season as the team’s starter.

Will the Steelers keep Mitch Trubisky? (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

“Mitch has been great. It’s been great to have him around, and I would look forward to having him around here for a long time. Not only this year but for a long time,” Steelers GM Omar Khan told the press Tuesday at the NFL combine, according to ESPN.

He further added, “I think any young quarterback will tell you having that veteran presence around him is tremendous, especially if you have a guy like Mitch that handles things so well.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers sound open to keeping Mitch Trubisky. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

The Steelers sound interested in keeping Mitch Trubisky around.

Trubisky threw for 1,252 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions in seven appearances this past season. His play was far from great, and it’s clear Kenny Pickett is the future in Pittsburgh. The Steelers didn’t draft Pickett to ride the bench. He was drafted to play.

However, it’s clear Khan and the rest of the franchise respect Trubisky and like what he brings to the locker room in terms of leadership and experience.

Will the Steelers keep Mitch Trubisky? (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

In terms of being a backup, he’s also about as solid as you can hope for in an NFL backup. He has a ton of starting experience after the Bears drafted him second overall. He can play, but just not at a level where you can expect to win a ton of games.

If the Steelers do bring back Trubisky, which looks likely, you’d have to imagine something has to be done about his contract. Carrying a backup QB with a cap hit north of $10.6 million is just not tenable. It’s not smart at all.

He already has been paid all the guaranteed money he’s owed (via Spotrac), and that means he might be incentivized to re-work things to get some guaranteed cash this year.

Steelers sound interested in keeping Mitch Trubisky on the roster? (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

No matter what, it sounds like Trubisky isn’t going anywhere. It’s the Kenny Pickett show, but the Steelers plan on keeping him around.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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