Found March 13, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
The Pittsburgh steelers have signed quarterback Bruce Gradkowski to a three year deal to serve as Ben Roethlisberger’s back-up. Last year the Steelers had Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch as their second and third string quarterbacks. Both of those players are now unrestricted free agents and Leftwich is not expected to get an offer from the Steelers. Batch, on the other hand, wants to return to the Steelers and may get an offer. Bruce Gradkowski, 30, played for the Cincinnati Bengals last season. Gradkowski has primarily been a back-up during his career, but has starting experience and could be a long-term back-up behind Ben Roethlisberger. Gradkowski’s claim to fame as a back-up came against the Steelers in 2009 when he was a member of the Oakland Raiders. Gradkowski completed 20 of 33 passes for 308 yards and 3 touchdowns, including an 11-yard game winning touchdown in that game as the Raiders pulled a 27-24 upset of the Steelers in Pittsburgh. If the Steelers decide to bring back Batch as their third string quarterback he would be used more as a coach than a player. Gradkowski will be the back-up to Roethlisberger, but having Batch on the sidelines to work with Roethlisberger is a plus as he has had him there on the sidelines and in the locker room throughout his entire NFL career. Also, if the Steelers choose to go with Gradkowski and Batch as their back-up quarterbacks it would be hard to see them use a draft pick on a quarterback until at least the 2014 season. It is unlikely that the Steelers would sign Batch and Gradkowski and not keep both players on their roster so using a draft pick on a quarterback would probably be a waste. The post Pittsburgh Steelers sign QB Bruce Gradkowski to Three Year Deal; QB Charlie Batch may Return as well appeared first on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog.
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