Joe Burrow atop AFC North QB power rankings after first wave of free agency

Leigh Oleszczak
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Bengals are lucky to have Joe Burrow, as they learned this past season with the stripes nearly lifting the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history.

Now that the first wave of free agency is in the books with two AFC North teams making a change at quarterback, let’s rank the signal-callers who call the AFC North home for 2022.

4. Mitchell Trubisky

Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement following the 2021 season and that puts the Steelers in uncharted territory. They haven’t had to search for a Week 1 starting quarterback since Roethlisberger joined the team in 2004.

Their replacement for Big Ben is another first-round pick, Mitchell Trubisky. As we all know, Trubisky went No. 2 overall to the Bears, flamed out there, spent a year in Buffalo as Josh Allen’s backup, and now is signed to a two-year deal in the Steel City.

While people make fun of Trubisky and the Steelers for bringing him in as their signal-caller, it’s not a terrible move. Trubisky is the worst quarterback in the division, yes, but he’s not awful. He can do enough not to lose Pittsburgh games and with the defense they have and Mike Tomlin still at the helm, that might be enough to make them a decent team.

The Steelers made it to the playoffs despite having a washed-up Big Ben so one could easily argue that Trubisky is an upgrade. He’s the worst quarterback in the AFC North but the Steelers shouldn’t be counted out because of him.