PITTSBURGH — For Mitch Trubisky, joining the Pittsburgh Steelers was a no-brainer.
As soon as the Steelers expressed interest in the 2017 No. 2 pick, Trubisky told his agent there was no doubt he wanted to be in Pittsburgh.
“They didn’t really need to pitch me or sell me anything,” Trubisky, 27, said Thursday. “That’s where I wanted to be, playing for the coach [Mike] Tomlin, be part of the rich history of the Pittsburgh Steelers and contribute to it.
“My goal throughout free agency was to find a way to get back on the court and get into a situation where I could earn a starting job and use my talents on the court.”
Trubisky, who will wear No. 10 in Pittsburgh, signed his two-year contract Thursday. He is worth $14 million, but could reach a maximum value of $27 million with incentives. The Steelers have guaranteed just $5.25 million, a source told ESPN.
For Trubisky, the two-year deal is a chance for him to get back on track after a rollercoaster start to his NFL career.
“I’m in a situation where I have to prove myself on the pitch,” he said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to doing. You always bet on yourself that way, and I’m definitely in that.
“You have to bet on yourself and trust what you are capable of.”
Trubisky walks into a quarterback room with another former first-round pick in Dwayne Haskins and 2018 Steelers third-round pick Mason Rudolph. Trubisky joins the organization in hopes of competing for the starting job.
“I think you expect competition wherever you go, especially when you come into a new team, a new situation,” he said. “I can’t wait to earn a place and earn the trust of my teammates. I can’t wait to get out there with these guys and show them what I’ve got.”
After being drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2017 draft, Trubisky started 50 games and was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2018 after a season of 12-4 and 24 touchdowns for 12 interceptions. But he won just 14 games as a starter over the next two seasons, and the Bears offense struggled to find consistency.
“My time in Chicago was just a learning experience,” Trubisky said. “…It’s time to turn the page and it’s on to the next chapter….All you can do is keep working for your future, but draw on your past experiences to make sure the ‘future will be better, that’s what I ‘can’t wait to do.’
When the Bears declined to pick Trubisky’s fifth-year option, the quarterback signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills and spent the 2021 season supporting Josh Allen and playing foul minutes of time. .
But in Buffalo, Trubisky said he grew on and off the field and learned what he wanted from a team and an organization.
“It was a blessing in disguise,” Trubisky said of his time at Buffalo. “I needed it more than I even knew at the time. … the first thing I really learned when I got to Buffalo was what a great culture looks like and I already feel like this here, already during my short stay in Pittsburgh.
“The culture wins. I could tell when I was in Buffalo, and I can tell it’s going to be good here with the culture. I’m excited to contribute to that. It’s been a huge year for me in Buffalo, just to make a reset and challenge myself and keep honing my skills and just prepare for the next opportunity.”
Not only is the Steelers’ culture right, but after studying offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s scheme, Trubisky thinks his skillset works well with Canada’s RPOs and action plays. And from 2017-20, Trubisky’s 833 rushing yards in scrambling was fifth among all quarterbacks.
“I’m looking forward to using my dual threat abilities in this attack,” he said. “Just leading this attack to score points, I’m looking forward to using my running legs to gain more time or run for first downs.”
Trubisky also joins a few familiar faces with the Steelers, including offensive lineman James Daniels, who played with Trubisky in Chicago, and cornerback Levi Wallace, who was with the quarterback in Buffalo.
“Mitch is a great guy, on and off the court,” Wallace said. “Definitely a leader and a team player, just the way he behaves every day. A true professional. I loved being in his team, even when he wasn’t playing. He did so much for the team and organization on and off the pitch. Glad to see a familiar face here.
“I’m happy to have him in my team. We’re ready to get to work.”