Outgoing Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert says the team is going to bring in another quarterback for next season.
In many ways, they have no choice. You don’t lose Ben Roethlisberger and not address his absence. Where Pittsburgh does have choice is what road they decide to go down.
Last year, the Steelers were hamstrung by their huge salary cap. Now, with Roethlisberger retired, they only have around $10 million in space leftover from the final year of his deal.
Currently Pittsburgh has Dwayne Haskins and Mason Rudolph in the quarterback room. How they supplement those will be fascinating.
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They could go for a veteran, like a Jimmy Garoppolo, who will be available via trade. That, or they could draft a young quarterback with their 20th overall pick.
Both Liberty’s Malik Willis and University of Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett would be exciting options.
“We know we’re going to add to the position,” Kevin Colbert said of the quarterback position. “I can’t tell you how at this point. We will go to camp with four. If we had to start today with Mason as our starter, let’s go. We’ll try to build the best team around him.”
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“If we started a season today, Mason would be our starter,” Colbert said.
“He’s 5-4-1 as a starter. We’re excited to see what’s next for Mason.
“I never view us as being that aggressive, front-of-the-line free agency team,” Colbert added.
“I wouldn’t anticipate that changing, traditionally we haven’t been — but we also haven’t had that cap room.”