With hours to go before the beginning of the 2021 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers have their own quarterback news. While it’s not as earth-shattering as what will be coming around the NFL on Thursday night the Steelers have extended Mason Rudolph beyond the end of his rookie contract.
The Pittsburgh Steelers currently have four quarterbacks on their roster, and the only one who they control their rights beyond this season is Dwayne Haskins. The Steelers locking in Rudolph for an additional year does give a little bit of breathing room for options beyond the 2021 season.
Mason Rudolph spent his entire 2018 rookie season as the Steelers third string quarterback and was not active for any games. Moving into the backup role for 2019, Rudolph was thrown into the mix early as Ben Roethlisberger was lost for the season at halftime of the Steelers Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Starting eight games in 2019, Rudolph went 5-3 but two of the victories were completed by quarterback Devlin Hodges with one being due to injury and the other as a replacement. Rudolph later replaced Hodges in Week 16 against the New York Jets and brought the team back to tie the game before leaving with his own season-ending injury.
In 2020, Rudolph started the Steelers Week 17 game against the Cleveland Browns and played affectively in a two-point loss where the Steelers rested multiple players. For his NFL career, Mason Rudolph has completed 201 of his 326 passes for completion percentage of 61.7%. Rudolph has 2,089 yards passing with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
While a one-year extension for Rudolph gives the Steelers options beyond 2021, it is also the time of year where the 2018 draftees could begin talks in regards to extensions. With the Steelers having yet to pick up Terrell Edmunds’ fifth-year option, which must be decided by Monday, all other members of the 2018 draft class are set to be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. The only exception being Marcus Allen, who will be a restricted free agent. It will be interesting to see if Rudolph is the only player where an extension is discussed before the start of the 2021 season.
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