For the first time in close to two decades, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be actively seeking a quarterback.
However, head coach Mike Tomlin said that they must do more to prove that either is the rightful starter.
Tomlin’s expectations are high because he hasn’t experienced a losing record in 15 seasons, plus getting the quarterback right can propel them into a legitimate contender.
That said, the Steelers must make the right move, be it by trade, free agency, or the draft.
But regardless of the direction they will take, Steelers Radio Network host Gerry Dulac clarified that they will not pursue this Pro Bowl quarterback.
Steelers ARE NOT interested in signing DeShaun Watson, despite what you might be hearing or reading, per team sources.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) March 9, 2022
Dulac said, “Steelers ARE NOT interested in signing Deshaun Watson, despite what you might be hearing or reading, per team sources.”
Having the 2020 passing yards king would be a fantastic upgrade for Pittsburgh, but it’s more wishful thinking.
Why Watson Isn’t The Best Option For Pittsburgh
First, Watson’s four-year, $156 million contract extension will start in 2022 wherein he will be a $40.4 million cap hit.
Such an amount would cripple the Steelers’ ability to re-sign free agents or acquire players from other teams.
Second, Watson has a no-trade clause that he might not waive for the Steelers, especially because their offensive line remains a concern.
Third, there’s no certainty that he can play in 2022 and beyond, depending on how his legal issues unfold.
Therefore, there are more risks than rewards in taking in Watson.