Kenny Pickett’s contract issues aren’t a good sign of what’s to come

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) /

Kenny Pickett and the Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to finalize a contract, and it’s time to make that happen.

Kenny Pickett is the last first-round pick to sign a contract, and as he is competing for the Steelers’ starting role, why hasn’t it happened yet?

A quarterback should already have a contract signed, especially since he is competing for a starting role.

In college, Pickett was someone that drew the limelight and was so talented. When the Steelers picked him in the first round, it was a great choice.

Pittsburgh needs a solid quarterback with Big Ben leaving, so maybe the Steelers are just being extra careful with Pickett’s contract instead of jumping right into it.

There is nothing wrong with being particular about contracts, but it’s almost July, so it’s time to print it out and get that bad boy done.

Pickett has so much upside and can succeed with the Steelers.

Pittsburgh Steelers need to sign Kenny Pickett and make it official

According to the Boston Globe, there is a contract, and FanSided’s Mark Powell says this hold-up has to do with the payment structure.

His expected deal will be around four years and $14 million, with a fifth-year option included. Pickett is also the last Steeler in this draft class to sign, so it’s time for him to accept the money offered and focus on the team.

While it’s understandable for him to want more money up front, at the same time, he needs to understand that money will come.

Now I’m not saying that Pickett isn’t ready for a starting job because he very well could be, but this is a first contract and a solid one, so take it and let the work show the Steelers that more money up front is worth it.

This contract will eventually get signed, but right now, Pickett needs to focus on winning the starting job and getting the team to trust him. His leadership will be necessary for the Steelers to see because they need someone like that to run the offense, and we saw what Pickett did at Pitt.

That quality is in him, and it’s time to accept the contract and get to work. It is the way.

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