Steelers sign Kenny Pickett to rookie deal

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The Steelers have their quarterback of the future under contract.

Pittsburgh has signed first-round pick Kenny Pickett to his rookie deal, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Pickett was the 20th overall pick of this year’s draft and received a standard four-year deal. The Steelers will decide on his fifth-year option for 2026 in the spring of 2025.

Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin recently said on The Pivot Podcast that he’s “excited about being uncomfortable” at quarterback with the competition between Pickett, Mitchell Trubisky, and Mason Rudolph. For all of Tomlin’s tenure, the Steelers had entered training camp with Ben Roethlisberger as the team’s QB1.

Pickett was regarded as the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft. He was the only signal-caller selected in the first round in 2022. Desmond Ridder was the next QB off the board to the Falcons in the third round.

With Pickett signing his deal, all of this year’s first-round picks are now under contract well before the start of training camp.

12 responses to “Steelers sign Kenny Pickett to rookie deal

  1. Word has it that Pickett had difficulty holding on to the pen while signing the contract, as his hands were to small to grip it securely.

  2. The picture says it all with the small hands and it pre-determines Pickett’s ceiling at probably career journeyman backup.He needs gloves and he’s holding the ball with both hands as if doing a basketball chest pass.With small hands you can’t throw the ball very far,you can’t stand in the pocket and avoid a strip sack,you can’t pump fake,you can’t extend a play by fending a defender with your free hand (you don’t have a free hand).

  3. Why are people determining his future before he’s played a single down? Shut up and let the kid play.

  4. Based on the awards that Pickett has won, and his draft position, his hands are better than yours, mine, and the other Qbs in the 2022 NFL draft.
    At least Pickett played against Div 1 competition, Malik Willis played against the lowest level of competition, any Qb can put up Madden stats against Campbell, Troy, etc.

  5. I can understand why a lot of rookies don’t really want to sign with the Steelers.

  6. Seems there are a lot of GM geniuses on here who have already predetermined his career. LMAO

  7. As long as Watson’s suspension isnt more than 6 games:

    1 Browns
    2 Bengals
    3 Steelers
    4 Whiner Ravens

  8. Kennny Pickett was a steal for Pittsburgh. He reminds me of Justin Herbert.

  9. Pittsburgh passed on Dan Marino …. that obviously had to burn because he was playing right in your own back yard (at Pitt too). Not only that but the Steeler and the Panthers share the same training facility so they know all about him. They had to be thrilled to grab him @ 20.

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