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Steelers Really Struggling With Mitch Trubisky Decision

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not having an easy time with their backup quarterback call.

PITTSBURGH -- There's one looming question for the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback position this offseason, and it's whether or not the team will keep backup Mitch Trubisky. 

The former Chicago Bear is set to make $10 million this upcoming season and would save the Steelers $8 million if they cut him. However, there are crossing reports claiming Pittsburgh wants to have Trubisky around, and others saying they cannot afford to do so. 

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac have reported that the team wants to keep Trubisky but are contemplating their move because of his cap hit. Dulac has named former Cleveland Browns QB Jacoby Brissett as a potential backup, while Fowler said Trubisky could end up in Miami. 

"Trubisky is a name to watch in the coming weeks," Fowler wrote. "The Steelers would like to keep him, but his $8 million salary on a $10.6 million cap hit is steeper than usual for a Pittsburgh backup. Miami could be a good fit for him, as the Dolphins need a capable veteran behind Tua Tagovailoa in case concussion issues persist."

The Steelers' reasoning, according to Dulac, is that they appreciated the way he would work with Pickett and then step in when needed due to injury. 

"It wasn’t just the way Trubisky performed in relief that excited the coaching staff," Dulac wrote. "They liked the way he worked with Pickett and often helped him during games with opposing defenses, despite everything that happened."

No other quarterback could have that same success? Or be able to mentor Pickett? 

It feels as if the Steelers are putting all their eggs in one basket just to babysit Pickett for another season. He needs veterans around him, and too much change it not good for a second-year player. But his backup quarterback leaving and the team saving $8 million shouldn't be a decision that's this difficult. 

All Steelers Talk broke down the easy decision that lies ahead for Pittsburgh. But right now, continue to look for reports that discuss how the Steelers are contemplating spending more than twice as much on their backup than they are on their starter. 

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