Colbert Says Both Byron Leftwich & Charlie Batch Could Be Back In 2012

Gerry Dulac from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported on Twitter today that Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said today that it\’s possible both Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch could be back in 2012 to back up starter Ben Roethlisberger. Dulac quotes Colbert as saying, “I hope so. I think they\’re open to that.”

Both Leftwich and Batch are unrestricted free agents and they both figure not to garner much interest in the free agency market. Leftwich has missed almost two full seasons due to knee and arm injuries while Batch is 37 years of age. Both players obviously would like to return to Pittsburgh and both could return on one-year qualifying contracts that would provide a reduced salary cap hit.

The only quarterbacks that the Steelers have signed to the roster right now to back up Roethlisberger are former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and former Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson. Both signed three-year futures contracts after the 2011 season ended.

  • Eric87

    bring them both back! Batch can run the offense tho his arm isnt quite as strong as in the past and he is also like an extra qb coach relaying info to ben on the sideline, very smart player. Leftwich has the tangibles to be a quality back-up though he is a bit slow, he needs to run some 100’s. HIs arm strength is incredible though and he seems to fit the team well.