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Steelers trade quarterback Kenny Pickett to Eagles

With former Pro Bowler Russell Wilson officially a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the franchise chose to shake up their quarterback room yet again.

The Steelers moved their 2022 first-round pick Kenny Pickett along with a 2024 fourth-round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2024 third-round pick and two 2025 seventh-round selections.

Over his first two NFL seasons with the Steelers, Pickett held a 14-10 record in 24 starts, along with 4,474 passing yards while throwing 13 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.


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The Pitt product struggled to find his footing with Pittsburgh, losing his starting job to Mason Rudolph at the tail end of the season. He now finds himself as the primary backup to Jalen Hurts with the Eagles.

His presence provides depth for Philadelphia while giving them a solid insurance policy if Hurts misses any time.

Meanwhile, the move makes Wilson currently the only quarterback under contract for the Steelers. The front office could add another quarterback through free agency or may wait to address the position in the upcoming draft.


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Pittsburgh is clearly operating with the notion that they are all-in on Wilson for at least next season. He inked a deal worth around $1.2 million after the Denver Broncos released him following two seasons.

The Steelers reportedly viewed Wilson more as the starting quarterback while Pickett will get a fresh opportunity elsewhere in Philadelphia. He’s heading into the third year of his rookie deal.

Although he won’t play much behind Hurts, he has a chance to learn and grow for his next opportunity.

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