Steelers Insider: Mason Rudolph ‘Attractive’ as Trade Bait

Steelers QB Mason Rudolph

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Mason Rudolph of the Pittsburgh Steelers before the pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on August 12, 2021.

In theory, the Pittsburgh Steelers are poised to host a tripartite competition for the team’s starting quarterback, with Mitch Trubisky, Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph as three contenders. But that will be more of a formality than anything else, according to Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo, who curated the team for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“The writing on the wall is for Mason Rudolph,” Fittipaldo told Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller’s PM Team on June 15. “It could be a week after training camp, or two weeks in boot camp, but in the end it’s going to be Mitch and Kenny. Mason will definitely be in, but I think it’s only going to be for a week or two,” he added.

That begs the question: Will the Steelers keep Rudolph in performance during the 2022 season?

According to Fittipaldo, the answer is no, and the organization is simply delaying its time before the opportunity to trade him presents itself, most likely after a quartet injury – or multiple injuries. QB – attack another team.

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That said, Fittipaldo believes the Steelers would be happy to receive a fifth-round pick in exchange for Rudolph.

“But if by mid-August (or) late August they don’t get such offers, then I think they’ll be happy to get a Friday pick for him,” he said.

That is not unreasonable. The Steelers received a fifth-round pick from the Jacksonville Jaguars for Josh Dobbs in 2019, who has a lower NFL background than Rudolph, but also represents a lesser financial investment. According to, the team that acquired Rudolph will inherit his $3 million salary in 2022 (while the Steelers will incur a capped fee of $1.04 million).

Fittipaldo also doesn’t believe that Rudolph has to have a stellar training camp to garner interest in the commercial market.

“I don’t necessarily think Mason has to have a great camp or a great pre-season to make that happen,” he said, calling the fifth-year pro a “provisional midfielder.” good room,” a record 5-4-1 man as a starter since the Steelers made him a third-round pick (no 76 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

“Mason has done more than enough in his NFL career – once injured – I think he will become attractive as a second or third full-back for another franchise,” concluded Fittipaldo. , who will leave selection in the seventh round of 2022, Chris Oladokun is Pittsburgh’s third string quarterback.

QB injury may prompt Steelers to keep Mason Rudolph

Of course, plans could quickly go awry if one of Pittsburgh’s full-backs gets injured in a pre-season game, which could prompt the Steelers to keep Rudolph in a folding screen in 2022. Recall that the Steelers needed four full-backs to get through the 2019 season – a year in which free agent rookie Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges started six games.

And in 2004, a midfield injury forced Ben Roethlisberger to start earlier than the team expected. After entering his rookie training camp as the team’s No 3 defender, Roethlisberger switched to the bench when Charlie Batch suffered a season-ending injury during pre-season. Roethlisberger started his first NFL game in Week 3 after Tommy Maddox injured his elbow in Week 2 in Baltimore.

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