When Mitch Trubisky signed a two-year, $14 million deal with the Steelers, he never had a clue that the team would use their first-round choice on a quarterback. He knew it was a possibility, so it did not bother him as much.
“I knew coming in to the situation, wherever I was going to go, I would have to come in, compete, earn the trust of my teammates and get back on the field with hard work and my talent and being a leader on this team,” Trubisky said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We didn’t have those (draft) conversations, but I knew it was a possibility wherever I went.”
The Steelers used the 20th overall choice on Kenny Pickett.
Trubisky will compete for the starting job with Pickett and Mason Rudolph in training camp this year. The Steelers also drafted South Dakota State QB Chris Oladokun with a seventh-round pick.
“I really wasn’t surprised,” Trubisky added. “We needed to add to the quarterback room and that’s what we did.”
Trubisky, the No. 2 overall choice of the Bears in 2017, has the most NFL experience and the best summary of the three quarterbacks competing to replace Ben Roethlisberger, who retired this offseason.
Trubisky has started 50 games and made the Pro Bowl in 2018 after a 12-4 season with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.