UPDATE (7:48 PM): The Steelers have officially announced the Rudolph extension. Our original story is below.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, it’s worth an average of $3 million with “upside” for more.
QB Mason Rudolph's new deal with the #Steelers pays an average of $3 million per year in 2021 and 2022 along with upsides to get it higher, per source. Rudolph wanted to stay with Pittsburgh, the team that drafted him in 2018.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 30, 2021
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 29, 2021
In a surprise move right before the draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly close to a one-year extension with QB Mason Rudolph, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Sources: The #Steelers are closing in on a 1-year extension with QB Mason Rudolph. Nothing done yet, but look for it soon for the Steelers’ backup. He’ll be signed through 2022.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2021
Rudolph is entering the final year of his rookie deal. This will officially give Pittsburgh at least one quarterback under contract for 2022. Ben Roethlisberger and Josh Dobbs are pending unrestricted free agents, while Dwayne Haskins will be a restricted free agent.
Rudolph has started nine games for the Steelers in his career, throwing 15 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Despite his struggles, the team has remained high on him, and he will be an in-house option should Roethlisberger retire after 2021.