Kenny Pickett defends his Steelers exit: ‘Confident’ in my actions

Kenny Pickett denied some reports about his sudden departure from the Steelers, telling reporters on Monday that he was “confident in how I handled things.”

Pickett was traded to the Eagles in a shocking trade Friday after the Steelers signed Russell Wilson, but was immediately traded to the Steelers’ 2022 first-round pick for the addition of the former Broncos and Seahawks QB. Reports began to surface that had a very negative reaction.

But the Eagles’ new quarterback told reporters in the City of Brotherly Love that things aren’t what he expected.

“I think that’s what communication is. It was behind closed doors. I’m confident in the way I handled it. I handled it the way I should have handled it,” he said at a press conference Monday. According to ESPN. “I’m excited to be here. It worked out so well that I ended up in Philadelphia. Everything happens for a reason and I’m where I’m supposed to be. .”

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Various reports in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette portrayed Pickett’s reaction to the trade in a negative light, noting that the Steelers “made the move because Pickett mismanaged the arrival of Russell Wilson.”

The paper also reported that Pickett canceled out-of-town workouts with the team’s wide receivers. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said: “Once Pittsburgh signed Russell Wilson, Pickett wanted to move on.”

Pickett did not discuss specific reports or conversations, but said it was time for a fresh start elsewhere.

“I wanted to get a chance to go somewhere else and continue to grow my career,” Pickett said. “The fact that it’s in Philadelphia, where I grew up, where I found my love for the game, where we have a great coaching staff, great players…I think it’s a great opportunity to join this team. Masu.”

CBS Sports’ Aditi Kinkabwala It appeared to provide a little more context about the conversations between Pickett and the Steelers before he was suspended.

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She reported that the Steelers reneged on their “promise” to put Pickett in a position to succeed.

Pickett will be joining the Eagles in 2023 as they look to turn things around after a disappointing season.

He will back up Eagles starter Jalen Hurts and be part of a QB room that also includes 2023 sixth-round pick Tanner McKee.

Pickett, who grew up an Eagles fan, threw for 4,474 yards, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 25 games with the Steelers.