Mark Madden

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Kenny Pickett, the Steelers’ first-round draft choice, signed his contract. He was the last first-round pick to do so. 

Not sure why it took so long. Pickett got a four-year deal worth $14 million with a club option for a fifth year. It’s a standard rookie contract. The money was predetermined via the NFL CBA. (The veterans sold out the rookies long ago.) 

Pickett is signed. 

But he won’t play more than a handful of snaps this coming season. 

Mitch Trubisky will be the starting QB. He will play reasonably well. The Steelers will also play reasonably well, staying in the race for a playoff spot through season’s end. 

Barring injury to Trubisky, Pickett will be limited to mop-up duty. 

It’s not what I’d do.

It’s what the Steelers will do. 

As soon as Trubisky plays a bad game, fans will clamor for Pickett. Heck, as soon as Trubisky throws an incompletion. It won’t matter. 

Trubisky starts all season if he doesn’t get hurt. Write it down, you read it here. 

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