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Former Cowboys QB Mason Rudolph's Career Likely Over With Pittsburgh Steelers

The former Oklahoma State superstar will likely soon be on the move for the first time of his NFL career.
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On Sunday, news broke that Russell Wilson, recently released from the Denver Broncos, was heading to the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency. This move, of course, impacts former Oklahoma State superstar Mason Rudolph.

As things stand now, it appears there will be a quarterback battle between Wilson, the Steelers' new veteran, and former first-round pick Kenny Pickett. Where does this leave Rudolph? It appears his time in Pittsburgh is finished.

Rudolph was drafted to the Steelers in 2018 after four seasons with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He's spent the entire time in a backup quarterback role. To make matters worse, he was dropped from the second-string quarterback on the depth chart to the third-string before last season, being leaped by Mitch Trubisky.

Evidently, Rudolph was deserving of a second-string role. He took over under center for the final three regular season games for the Steelers this past season, with all three being wins as he helped the franchise to a playoff berth. Even when Pickett returned to the field fully healthy, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin opted to keep Rudolph as the starter. 

While it was one of Rudolph's best moments with the franchise, it's now likely time for him to have a change of scenery, according to The Athletic's Mark Kaloby.

"Mason Rudolph’s people met with the Steelers today and we know how that went. Never say never but something crazy would have to happen for Rudolph to return to the Steelers," Kaboly reported.

The 28-year-old threw for 3,085 passings yards and 19 touchdowns over the course of his four years with the Steelers. His recent stretch of games -- which included a postseason start -- should give Rudolph some confidence heading into free agency.

It'll be interesting to see what interest the former Cowboy garners and what role he'll be able to step into when training camp rolls around later this year. 

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