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Steelers Considering Three Free Agent Quarterbacks: Report

The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly targeting three free-agent quarterbacks to fill the vacancy left after Ben Roethlisberger's retirement.

Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline reports the Steelers are considering Mitch TrubiskyTeddy Bridgewater, and Jameis Winston as potential free agency options this offseason.

All three quarterbacks are former first-round selections with Winston going No. 1 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft; Trubisky going second overall in 2017 and Bridgewater going No. 32 overall in 2014.

Winston appeared to have found a home with the New Orleans Saints after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided not to exercise the option on the final year of his rookie contract, but experienced a season-ending injury in October.

Bridgewater started 13 games for the Denver Broncos in 2021 and has a QB career record of 36-26.

Trubisky spent his first four seasons with the Chicago Bears before signing with the Buffalo Bills last offseason as a backup to franchise quarterback Josh Allen.

Pauline also acknowledged reports of the Steelers targeting projected first-round quarterback Malik Willis in the 2022 NFL Draft, though "cannot confirm" the reports.

CBS Sports college football writer Tom Fornelli had the Steelers trading up from No. 20 overall to No. 10 to select Liberty's Malik Willis in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft in his latest mock draft published last Friday.

"There's been a lot of smoke about Pittsburgh's affinity for Malik Willis, and in this mock, it moves up to make sure any of the other teams in the market for a QB can't get him," Fornelli wrote. "Willis is the kind of QB lottery ticket who can pay huge dividends, as he's got a ceiling the others in this class don't."

Last week, Pro Football FocusAustin Gayle predicted the Steelers would trade their first-round their 2023 first-round pick and their 2022 third-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for quarterback Derek Carr.

On February 22, general manager Kevin Colbert -- who recently announced his decision to step down from his position after the 2022 NFL Draft -- confirmed the Steelers planned to tender backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins amid his upcoming restricted free agency but didn't shy away from adding another player to compete for the starting quarterback role with the former Ohio State standout and Mason Rudolph following Roethlisberger's recent retirement.

"Dwayne will be a restricted free agent, and I'm sure we'll decide to tender him at some point," Colbert said, "So we have Dwayne and we have Mason. Can we add to that group from the outside? Sure. We'll always look at trades, we'll always look at unrestricted groups, at potential cuts down the road and make those comparisons and compare what it's going to cost us, either from a draft compensation standpoint or from a free agency, salary cap availability decision and what that will do to the rest of your team."

"We know we’re going to add to the position. I can’t tell you how at this point. We will go to camp with four. If we had to start today with Mason as our starter, let’s go. We’ll try to build the best team around him,” Colbert added via ESPN's Brooke Pryor.

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