Thursday, Apr 29, 2021. 7:59 PM
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed quarterback Mason Rudolph for a year, which will expire at the end of the 2022 season.
The Steelers made the announcement just minutes before the start of the NFL Draft, indicating they will not trade veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Rudolph, a third-round pick in 2018, played 15 games for the Steelers, the majority of which in 2019 when Roethlisberger injured his right elbow. Rudolph is 5-3 as a starter, completing 176 of his 283 passes for overhead gains of 1,765 yards, with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Rudolph was about to enter the final year of his rookie contract. This extension gives the Steelers a bit of continuity in that position, as Roethlisberger may be in his final career campaign.
The 39-year-old Roethlisberger adjusted his contract to free up some more money below payroll. The Steelers also brought back third quarterback Josh Dobbs for a season and signed Dwayne Haskins to a one-year contract.