The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly eyeing quarterback Ryan Tannehill as a potential addition in the offseason to provide competition for incumbent starter Kenny Pickett, according to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Tannehill, who is set to become a free agent after five seasons with the Tennessee Titans, could offer valuable experience and depth to the Steelers’ quarterback room. The move comes after the Steelers recently hired Arthur Smith, who served as Tannehill’s offensive coordinator in Tennessee before becoming the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Head coach Mike Tomlin emphasized the need for competition at the quarterback position during his season-ending news conference in January. Pickett, who dealt with injuries towards the end of the season and was sidelined during the playoffs, will face stiff competition as the Steelers aim to strengthen their quarterback depth.
With backup Mason Rudolph hitting the free-agent market, the Steelers are keen to avoid entering training camp without a viable option to challenge Pickett for the starting role.
Despite Pickett’s struggles in the 2023 season, where he threw for just six touchdowns and four interceptions in 12 starts, the Steelers remain committed to developing the young quarterback, who is entering the third year of his rookie contract.
The Steelers’ offense ranked in the bottom tier of the league in 2023, but their stout defense helped propel them to a playoff berth. However, they were unable to advance past the first round, falling to the Buffalo Bills.
Meanwhile, Tannehill, 35, enjoyed a productive tenure with the Titans, throwing for 90 touchdowns and 40 interceptions in 63 games. His potential addition to the Steelers roster could provide valuable competition and depth at the quarterback position as they look to bolster their offense for the upcoming season.