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The Pittsburgh Steelers are in rebuild mode after trading starting quarterback Kenny Pickett, releasing backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and releasing backup quarterback Mason Rudolph: all three quarterbacks on their roster.


Kenny Pickett was the Steelers’ first-round draft pick in 2022 after an electrifying season during his final year at the University of Pittsburgh. But after two poor performing seasons, the fans of Pittsburgh wanted him out. Then, just this past week, news broke that he would be traded to the east side of Pennsylvania—in Philadelphia.


During a press conference, Pickett said, “This is a good reset for my career.”


Former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown chimed in on Twitter after a user asked about Pickett in Philadelphia, “Will Kenny end up starting week 1?” 


Brown replied with, “Starting a shift at Primanti Bros #CTESPN.”


With an empty quarterback room, fans were left wondering just who would they sign in free agency. Steelers’ General Manager Omar Khan answered that by signing veteran quarterback and future Hall of Famer Russell Wilson. Coming into his 13th season, Wilson is looking to bring back what Steelers fans are so very used to: a Super Bowl.


Shortly after being signed, Wilson released a video on several social media sites. “What’s up, Steeler Nation? Just signed. Fired up to wear the black and gold, Here we go!” he said.


But that’s not all: the Steelers signed another dual-threat at quarterback, Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Fields was drafted in 2021 by the Bears after a nearly perfect career at Ohio State University. He was third in the Heisman Trophy running, went 20-2 as a starter, and led his team to a College National Championship appearance against the Alabama Crimson Tide.


Fields’ three years with the Bears were underwhelming compared to his college success, but he will have a fresh start in Pittsburgh. 


“I can’t thank you all enough for what y’all have meant to me over the last 3 years through the ups and downs. I wish each one of you nothing but success…” Fields said on Twitter after the news broke.


The Steelers also made a signing on the defensive side of the ball, signing Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen. Queen was a key component in the Ravens’ run to the AFC championship, where they fell short against the Super Bowl winners, the Kansas City Chiefs.


Will the Steelers be a force to be reckoned with this season? Or are these signings worse than we thought? 

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Tyson Florence is the writer for both Sports with Florence and Take Note columns here on The SIREN. He is a senior from New Brighton, a football player, and has been attending Lincoln Park since seventh grade.

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