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Steelers betting on Rudolph

How much the Steelers like Mason Rudolph in the short term to keep the team competitive in 2019 and the long-term in being the heir-apparent to Ben Roethlisberger is even more evident with the Steelers trading their 2020 first-round pick to the Miami Dolphins tonight for DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, the 11th overall pick of the 2018 draft.

The bold trade for Fitzpatrick is the Steelers sending the message that Mason Rudolph is the future but that the organization is also not punting on the 2019 season and in a sense, trying to still maximize the Ben Roethlisberger window were Ben to return next season as the Big Ben of old. While the organization believes Rudolph will show the football world over the next couple months he is indeed the heir-apparent to Roethlisberger, the Steelers internally are also adamant there is still another year or two run left in the Big Ben window after this season.

The trade for Fitzpatrick proves that.

Fitzpatrick is just 22 years old, has star ability and is really good in a critical area the Steelers continuously get exploited at — the slot —.

Fitzpatrick will help the Steelers immediately and for years to come.

There’s a clear risk for the Steelers here if Mason Rudolph by January looks like more of a long-term backup than a legitimate NFL starter that see’s the Steelers flame out with a 4 to 5 win season and hand the Dolphins a top-5 pick.

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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