Mitchell Trubisky Contract Provides Huge Hint to When Kenny Pickett Will Start

Jason Schandl
The Steelers' Mitchell Trubisky contract could point to when Kenny Pickett will take over as the starting quarterback.
The Steelers' Mitchell Trubisky contract could point to when Kenny Pickett will take over as the starting quarterback. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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It's been a long time since Pittsburgh Steelers fans have had to think about any quarterback uncertainty heading into a season, but the Kenny Pickett vs Mitchell Trubisky conversation will take center stage in 2022.

Looking at the incentives in Trubisky's contract could provide a massive hint as to when Pickett will take over as the starting quarterback.

According to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, Trubisky has some serious incentives tied to playing time in his contract with the Steelers. The incentives for 2022 are reportedly as follows;

  • 60% playing time: $1 million
  • 70% playing time: $1.5 million
  • 80% playing time: $2 million
  • 70% playing time and make the playoffs: $2.5 million
  • 80% playing time and make the playoffs: $4.5 million

Pittsburgh signed this contract knowing they were likely to be drafting a quarterback in the first round, and it's very telling that these incentives don't kick in until 60% playing time.

This leaves plenty of room for Pittsburgh to bring Pickett along slowly while still getting him some significant playing time down the stretch and saving a few million dollars on Trubisky's contract.

Barring some training camp surprises, we can expect Trubisky to be the Week 1 starter. But unless Trubisky is surprising everyone by balling out and putting the Steelers within striking distance of the playoffs, we can also expect the starting job to go to Pickett around the halfway point in the season.

Teams typically like to give rookies an extra week of prep by starting them after a bye week, so keep a close eye on the Steelers schedule release for even more insight as to when we could see Pickett under center.

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