Steelers Sign Leftwich

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich
After the injury to Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Charlie Batch, the team was in obvious immediate need for a backup QB behind starter Ben Roethlisberger; the Steelers addressed that need as according to the Associated Press, the team signed former Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons QB Byron Leftwich to a one-year contract on Sunday. As previously mentioned, the Steelers were in need of an experienced backup QB and achieved that with the signing of Leftwich.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Leftwich, who has started 46 career games for Jacksonville and Atlanta, may not be released when Batch returns. Leftwich was released by the Falcons in February and has played in just 9 games in the past 2 seasons due to ankle issues. Drafted by the Jaguars in 2003, he played in 15 games that season, but missed 2 games in 2004 and 5 in 2005 with injuries. 2006 saw Leftwich miss 6 games, which allowed David Garrard to take over the starting QB job; Leftwich was susequently released by the Jaguars at the end of training camp last year and signed by the Falcons.


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