New Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky didn’t get much opportunity to play last season with the Buffalo Bills, owing to the fact that he was serving as Josh Allen’s backup. But he still made an impression on former Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who like Trubisky, spent last season in Buffalo, having inked a one-year contract with the Bills in March 2021.
During his appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on April 4, Sanders was asked about his former teammate.
“He’s kind of laid back, chill, but everything that I saw from him, I saw a guy who makes plays,” he said, before noting that there are yet-to-be answered questions about the former No. 2 overall pick. As in, how much did he learn from watching Josh Allen for a year? And how “hungry” is he, now that he has the opportunity to potentially regain a starting NFL job.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do. He’s an athletic guy, he can run, he can throw and I’m looking forward to seeing it,” concluded Sanders, who had 42 receptions for 626 yards and four touchdowns in 2021, according to Pro Football Reference.
Sanders, 35, was a third-round pick of the Steelers in 2010 out of SMU. He spent the first four years of his career catching passes from Ben Roethlisberger, having been part of Pittsburgh’s so-called Young Money Crew in the early 2010s, when ‘Easy Money’ Sanders was part of ‘The Young Money Crew’ of Steelers receivers that also included Hines ‘Old Money’ Ward, Antonio ‘Cash Money’ Brown and Mike ‘Fast Money’ Wallace.
Fast forward to today and Sanders remains an unrestricted free agent following the completion of his twelfth NFL season. In February he appeared on The Herd With Colin Cowherd and revealed that he hasn’t yet made up his mind as to whether he’s going to retire or try to catch on with another Super Bowl contender.
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Mitch Trubisky to Host Steelers Players at His Florida Home
Meanwhile, on Tuesday April 5 Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reported that Trubisky is having the team’s skill-position players come down to his Florida home this weekend to “throw and hang out.”
Kinkhabwala indicates that the Steelers’ pass-catchers will be in attendance, as will starting running back Najee Harris and the team’s two other quarterbacks—Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins.
It’s an opportunity to begin bonding and establishing on-field chemistry before the first OTAs take place between May 24-26.
Mitch Trubisky’s Contract Incentives Revealed
On April 5, 2022, we also learned more about the contract incentives that are included in the two-year contract that Trubisky agreed to on March 14.
According to NFL reporter Albert Breer the contract features a total of $8.5 million in incentives: $4 million each year in playing time incentives and $250,000 per year for earning Pro Bowl honors.
Breer went on to add that the “play-time triggers start at 60% (and) go up from there.”
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