16 May, 2023
Mason Rudolph is apparently joining the Pittsburgh Steelers once more, which is a surprising development.
According to numerous rumors, the backup quarterback is anticipated to re-sign with the Steelers. Two months into free agency, Rudolph, 27, is still unsigned.
In the third round of the 2018 draft, the Steelers selected Rudolph as their backup quarterback and potential Ben Roethlisberger replacement. Since then, he has appeared 17 times for Pittsburgh, making 10 starts. However, he was not chosen to take over as the starter when Roethlisberger retired in 2022. In actuality, he lost out on the backup part.
In the same summer that the Steelers signed former Chicago Bears starter Mitchell Trubisky, they also selected Kenny Pickett in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Trubisky ultimately lost, giving Pickett the starting position, which she will keep for the upcoming season.
Third string was assigned to Rudolph. He didn’t like it and felt that he ought to have seen more first-team play throughout training camp.
Following his promotion, Rudolph reportedly commented, “I think it’s kind of in the rearview mirror now,” as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I would have preferred to play with the first team more, but decisions must be made. I’m making progress.
“Listen, I’m a much better player than I was Year 1 to Year 5. I’m confident in myself and happy with myself when I did get the reps. I’m going to do whatever I’m asked to do. Other than that, I guess I’ll just kind of hold the clipboard.”
He is apparently back now, where he will probably once more serve as the backup signal-caller. The starting job is firmly in Pickett’s grasp, and Trubisky is still Pittsburgh’s back-up. Rudolph and the Steelers have not responded to the reports.
Rudolph has completed 61.5% of his throws over the course of his career for 2,366 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. When Rudolph has started a game, the Steelers are 5-4-1.
Redolph has made just under $9M in his career. See stats here