Some Pittsburgh Steelers followers have been noticeably shocked to study Wednesday that rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett was the ultimate unsigned first-round choice from the 2022 NFL Draft.
There was little to fear about on the time, and there is now no story.
Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero (h/t Kevin Patra), the Steelers agreed to terms with Pickett. The contract is a four-year deal that comes with a normal fifth-year choice, and Austin Bechtold of Pittsburgh Sports Now notes that the settlement is estimated to be value barely over $14 million ($14,067,905) and features a signing bonus of roughly $7.4 million.
It was beforehand urged Pickett remained unsigned by way of the beginning of summer season as a result of his camp might have been looking out for a bigger signing bonus. Exact particulars of the contract might be revealed at a later time.
Free-agent acquisition Mitchell Trubisky is extensively seen as a massive favorite to win the Pittsburgh beginning job following the retirement of future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger, and Pickett reportedly “has an uphill battle to unseat” Trubisky this summer season. Steelers insider Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette declared he believes “Trubisky will go into the regular season as the starter,” and it is thought Pittsburgh may look to trade signal-caller Mason Rudolph both throughout or after the preseason so Pickett can enter September because the membership’s major backup.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin mentioned throughout a current podcast appearance he’s “excited about being uncomfortable” concerning the quarterback state of affairs. Some imagine these phrases trace that Tomlin will maintain a reliable competitors starting in coaching camp subsequent month and will not merely anoint Trubisky as Roethlisberger’s rapid successor.