Steelers Trade 7th Round Pick To Bucs For QB Byron Leftwich

Another familiar face is coming back to Pittsburgh as the Steelers traded one of their two 7th round draft picks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for quarterback Byron Leftwich. The 7th round pick was18th pick of round 7 and the 255th pick of the draft. The trade now leaves the Steelers with 10 draft picks and another trade could indeed happen by or on Thursday. The trade now shores up the quarterback position a bit more with the looming suspension of Ben Roethlisberger. Leftwich will look to compete with Dennis Dixon for the number 2 role, while veteran Charlie Batch will likely be behind both Dixon and Leftwich on the depth chart. Story developing.

  • dave

    Good trade! The Steelers comp pick in round 7 was for losing Leftwich last year, so in effect we are getting him back for moving down a few spots in round 7. As we talked about a few days ago, the Steelers have 11 picks in the draft, plus undrafted rookies – not all of them would realistically stick to the 53 man roster. So it doesn’t hurt to “burn” a late pick on a proven veteran.

    This could also have been the first step in a blockbuster Big Ben trade later today or tomorrow? I guess we will find out soon enough.

    At the very least, it helps the Steelers survive Ben’s 4 to 8 game suspension.