The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back quarterback Mason Rudolph for the 2023 NFL season. According to reports, Rudolph re-signed with the franchise on a one-year deal and will get a chance to compete for the backup role behind starter Kenny Pickett.
Rudolph was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Since then, he played 17 games (10 starts) with the franchise while throwing for 2,366 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.
Rudolph spent 2022 as the third quarterback on the Steelers’ depth chart and didn’t take a single snap in the regular season. This didn’t sit well with the 27-year-old, and he decided it was time to move on when his contract with the franchise expired.
However, the market didn’t develop the way Rudolph expected, and he found himself unsigned deep into the offseason. While he reportedly had other offers, returning to Pittsburgh emerged as the best of them, and the Steelers were happy to have him back.
The Steelers like to have three quarterbacks on their roster, so having Rudolph back makes a lot of sense. They are also reportedly willing to give Oklahoma State product a fair chance in training camp to take the backup spot from Mitch Trubisky.