The Pittsburgh Steelers today signed QB Bruce Gradkowski to a three-year deal. The Pittsburgh native and former Toledo Rocket will be the back-up to Ben Roethlisberger with Charlie Batch likely in his 3rd-string/coach role.
Gradkowski has played in 37 games in his 7 year career and has thrown 21 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. His record as a starter is 6-14.
My take: In a free agent period with very little to offer in the way of solid back-up quarterbacks, the Steelers probably could have done worse here, but I don’t think anyone should mistake him for Jeff Hostetler backing up Phil Simms.
The one thing the Steelers did accomplish with this signing is that they got younger at the position and needed to do so in the worst way. In the short term, Gradkowski can be a serviceable player and spot starter but should Roethlisberger miss significant time I don’t have a lot of faith in local product.
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