Steelers rumors: Pittsburgh will pursue a veteran QB in free agency
The Pittsburgh Steelers faced some issues when Ben Roethlisberger went down with an injury in 2019, and the team could find a reliable backup this offseason. In an attempt to solve the issue, Brooke Pryor of ESPN believes that Pittsburgh could pursue a veteran quarterback in free agency.
Back in Week 2 of the 2019 season, Roethlisberger left the game early with an elbow injury. Seeing that it was a non-contact injury, it was a serious one that would put the veteran quarterback’s season in jeopardy. After considering his options, Roethlisberger underwent surgery and was placed on injured reserve.
In the light of Roethlisberger’s injury, Mason Rudolph assumed the starting role. Rudolph started in eight games and finished the season with 1,765 yards, 13 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Due to his inconsistencies, Rudolph would be benched in favor of Devlin Hodges.
Of course, Hodges would become a fan-favorite in Pittsburgh due to being an undrafted rookie. However, Hodges would also struggle in the Steelers’ offense as the starting quarterback. The undrafted quarterback out of Samford contributed 1,063 yards, five touchdowns, and eight interceptions in six starts.
When the regular season concluded, Mike Tomlin shared that he’s comfortable with Rudolph as the backup moving forward. Despite his comments, that could be subject to change in the offseason.
Since 2015, Roethlisberger has only started in all 16 games just once. In addition, the Steelers have added a new quarterbacks coach in Matt Canada. With a new mind giving an opinion on the quarterbacks, Pittsburgh could add a veteran behind Roethlisberger in free agency.