QB Mason Rudolph nearing one-year extension with Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) warms up before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

QB Mason Rudolph nearing one-year extension with Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers probably won't be acquiring a quarterback for the future when the 2021 NFL Draft opens Thursday night. Instead, they're locking down one of their own, likely knowing that starter Ben Roethlisberger already has one foot in retirement. 

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports that the Steelers are "closing in" on a one-year contract extension with backup signal-caller Mason Rudolph. Rapoport adds that Rudolph "will" be signed through 2022. 

Rudolph entered the NFL when Pittsburgh selected him in the third round of the 2018 draft, and he's recorded 2,089 career passing yards with 15 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a passer rating of 82.7, per ESPN stats. 

Pittsburgh's QB room was already quite full before Thursday's development. Along with Roethlisberger and Rudolph, the Steelers acquired former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins in January and then signed career backup Josh Dobbs earlier this month. Per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk, Haskins and Dobbs are only signed through 2021, so one has to wonder if at least a few people within the Steelers believe Rudolph deserves an opportunity to start in September 2022 or if they are working under the assumption that Roethlisberger isn't set on hanging his cleats up next offseason. 

If it's the latter, Roethlisberger may simply feel most comfortable with a known commodity as his QB2. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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