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One small detail suggests the Steelers aren't done adding quarterbacks

Think the Steelers are done adding quarterbacks? Think again

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The Pittsburgh Steelers made a notable move at quarterback this past week, when the club brought in Washington cast-off Dwayne Haskins. Now some might think the Steelers have their depth chart set at quarterback. But there is one detail we are all overlooking. All three quarterbacks currently signed to the Steelers’ roster have deals that expire in 2022. After this season the Steelers have no fall back options available to them.

If Ben Roethlisberger is set to retire at the conclusion of next season, and the Steelers deem Mason Rudolph their next starting quarterback, Rudolph will have to receive a significant pay bump by virtue of being a starting quarterback of an NFL team. A deal in the neighborhood of two years $30 million dollars ($15 Million per year) the same as Jacoby Brissett who's gone from meddling backup to being thrust into the starters role. Which is a fair amount of money for someone that is still unproven. There’s also a chance Rudolph doesn't want to play on the Steelers altogether. The newest Steeler, Dwayne Haskins will be a restricted free agent next year. So he will be cheap, but you are expecting him to completely turn his life around both on and off the field. I trust the Steelers will not put that much faith into the belief Haskins will turn into the prospect he was once thought of being.

As for the 2022 free agent quarterback class. There’s a whole lot of nothing. A 45-year-old Tom Brady, Taysom Hill, Marcus Mariota, and Sam Darnold highlight the class. The ladder of which likely won't even reach market.

If you think the Steelers will trust a rookie from the 2022 draft class to just step on the field and be the guy on Day 1, think again. The smartest move the Steelers could make right now is figuring out what picks they're willing to put together to move up in this year’s draft and find that quarterback now. There is a list of positives that come with such a move. Including that player getting a year to sit and learn under Ben Roethlisberger, while getting the chance to figure out the nuances of an NFL playbook that will be both brand new to him and the entire Steelers offense. This kid will get to grow with whoever the Steelers choose to be their next offensive coordinator.

Give the kid some time to marinate like how Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, and even Ben Roethlisberger did at the start of their careers. Rookies can quickly have their confidence ripped away from them. So there is no need into rushing them onto the field.

The NFL’s quarterback carousel is shaping up to be even more of a spectacle than it was last year. A number of teams picking above the Steelers will either trade for, or sign, their next quarterback. Some teams might also decide to continue with the quarterback they already have. So for a team trying to move up to snag one of the top four quarterbacks of the 2021 draft class, I will say it is not impossible. If someone like Trey Lance can get past the Lions and the Panthers, all of the sudden the Steelers would have a real shot at making the move for him.

If the Steelers do in fact draft a quarterback this year, a ton of the worry vanishes about the future. Come 2022 the Steelers will have a mountain of salary cap and four more years remaining on said quarterback’s rookie deal. Not to mention the man under center would have more tools at his disposal than someone stepping straight out of college.

Deep down I think we all know the right move is to draft the next quarterback of this great franchise here and now in 2021. Even if the Steelers were to regress next year they would be in a better position in the draft to get that young signal caller some weapons.

But what do you think? Should the Steelers draft a quarterback in the first round of this years draft? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.