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Eagles acquire Steelers’ Kenny Pickett

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Quarterback Kenny Pickett gets to play for his childhood team. On Friday, he was traded by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles also acquired the Steelers’ 2024 fourth-round draft pick. The pick will be No. 120 overall.

In exchange, the Steelers received the Eagles third-round compensatory picks. This was one of 34 compensatory picks that the NFL awarded to its teams. This pick is No. 98 overall.

In addition, the Steelers received two seventh-round draft picks in 2025.

Pickett reportedly asked to move on after the Steelers signed free-agent quarterback Russell Wilson. With the Denver Broncos taking on a nearly $40 million dead cap hit to release Wilson, the Steelers are taking a flyer on him.

Now, with this move, Wilson will be their starting quarterback.

Pickett was the No. 20th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Steelers. He joined the Steelers after playing college football at the University of Pittsburgh.

Before attending Pittsburgh, he played high school football at Ocean Township in New Jersey. And grew up an Eagles fan.

The 25-year-old will now be a backup for starting quarterback Jalen Hurts. Pickett could be the latest quarterback, who joined the Eagles organization for at least a year then moved on.

Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman has previously said that he wants to be a quarterback factory. Roseman said this after drafting Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft despite already having Carson Wentz under contract.

Here are the latest examples of quarterbacks who joined the Eagles and then left:

Gardner Minshew was acquired by the Eagles in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent two seasons with the Eagles then signed a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts last off-season.

This off-season, he signed a free-agent contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Marcus Mariota signed with the Eagles last off-season. Now, he is the backup quarterback for the Washington Commanders after signing as a free agent.

When Pickett was drafted, he was viewed as the Steelers presumed franchise quarterback. Just two years later, he is gone.

He appeared in 25 games including 24 starts. He went 14-10 as a starter.

Pickett went 446 of 713 for 4,474 yards. He also had 13 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.

In his final season with the Steelers, he went 7-5 as a starter in 12 games. He also went 201 of 324 for 2,070 yards. Pickett had six touchdown passes and four interceptions.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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