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Steelers agree to terms with first-round QB Kenny Pickett on rookie deal

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The lone first-round quarterback has a contract.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed with quarterback Kenny Pickett on his rookie contract, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said Thursday, according to a source.

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As with all first-round contracts, the four-year deal includes the team’s option for a fifth year. As rookie contracts have become slotted, giving few negotiating points, freshman players are few and far between. So while it took a while for QB to get a contract, missed time was never in the cards.

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Pickett was the only quarterback selected in the first round of the 2022 draft when he was selected 20th overall.

The Steelers haven’t drafted a first-round quarterback since Ben Roethlisberger in 2004. Pickett is looking to replace the recently retired Big Ben as Pittsburgh’s next quarterback.

Despite playing for the third team in most of the offseason’s practice, Pickett is expected to take on Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph for QB1 performance during training camp. If he’s close to two veterans in terms of script understanding and good readings, expect the newcomer to take advantage of the doubts.

A product of Pitt, who trained at the UPMC Rooney Athletic Complex throughout college, Pickett was considered the most draft-ready QB prospect in the class of 2022. Golden Hand Award winner Johnny Unitas threw for 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns as a senior and became only the second Pitt quarterback to be selected in the first round by Hall of Famer Dan Marino (1983).

Pickett lost the No. 20 pick to Pittsburgh, the last first quarterback drafted since the San Francisco 49ers drafted Jim Druckenmiller in 1997.



Source: www.nfl.com

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