Not even 24 hours after the Kansas City Chiefs closed out the season with a 25-22 win over the San Francisco 49ers in overtime of Super Bowl LVIII, one AFC team has parted ways with a former Pro Bowl quarterback drafted in the same class as Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo tweeted Monday that the Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky reached a mutual agreement to part ways in advance of next month’s NFL free agency opening.
The #Steelers and QB Mitchell Trubisky have decided to mutually part ways, sources say. The sides spoke to assess the situation and Trubisky, 29, gets a fresh start just over a month ahead of the start of the league year and free agency. pic.twitter.com/FqEFhqcuei
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 12, 2024
Trubisky originally signed a two-year contract with the Steelers before the 2022 season, but he signed a two-year extension before the 2023 season that would have kept him in Pittsburgh through 2025.
In seven starts over two seasons for the Steelers, Trubisky went 2-5. He appeared in 12 total games for the team and threw eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Originally drafted by the Chicago Bears with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft (eight picks before Mahomes), Trubisky’s tenure with the team was rocky. He went 29-21 in four seasons as Chicago’s starter, throwing for 64 touchdowns and 37 interceptions, and was named to the 2018 Pro Bowl after helping the Bears to a 12-4 record before the season ended in disaster with a missed Cody Parkey field goal vs. the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2018 NFC Wild Card round.
The Bears declined Trubisky’s fifth-year option, and in 2021, he signed with the Buffalo Bills to try to get his career back on track. He threw just eight total passes as Josh Allen’s backup.