Report: Colts Could Have Interest In Signing Byron Leftwich

Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported today that sources have informed him that the Indianapolis Colts may have interest in signing Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich. Kaboly reports that new Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who was let go by the Steelers after the 2011 season, is leading the charge to bring in Leftwich to teach their first round draft pick quarterback the offense. The Colts have the number one overall pick in the April draft and all signs point to it being Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

The Colts also have another quarterback already on their roster as they acquired Drew Stanton in a trade with the New York Jets after Tim Tebow landed in New York via a trade with the Denver Broncos. As Kaboly points out, Leftwich would likely see playing time to start the season with the Colts until Luck is up to speed, and that is something he would not get in Pittsburgh unless starter Ben Roethlisberger were to get injured.

Leftwich missed all of the 2011 season after breaking his arm in the preseason and he also missed time at the start of the 2010 season after suffering a sprained knee in a preseason game leading up to the regular season. Leftwich has taken just 18 regular season snaps over the span of two seasons with all of them coming in the 2010 week 17 regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns.

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert has stated since the end of the 2011 season that he thought it was possible that Leftwich could return in 2012 to back up Roethlisberger, but in no way guaranteed it would happen.

  • Huskie

    Won’t happen. Leftwich is the #2 here in Pittsburgh. He wouldn’t be in Indy. Drew Stanton is the #2 there, hell I think it was a big part of the condition of his trade. He was promised the #2 in NY and when Tebow came in and was declared the #2, he demanded a trade.

  • PoKey21

    How pizzed would Drew Stanton be if this happened. He left NYJ in an uproar because Tebow came and took what he said was his “guaranteed” #2 spot. Not he is in Indy and would still have to compete if Leftwich joins. Hysterical!

  • Joe D

    Let Leftwich go…. he missed the last 2 seasons due to injury…
    That leaves Batch and that is not a guarantee…
    2 QB’s on roster (Smith & Johnson)…

  • Sam

    Steelers can trade Lefty and Btach for stanton

  • Sam

    Hawthorne LB Seattle signed with the Saints

  • John B

    Bring in McNabb…only put a contract clause that he cant open his mouth.

  • SteelersBall

    Is Byron going to teach Luck how to throw too. Byron is right there with Teebow having a crazy throwing style.

  • Let them

  • Other than ego, #2 vs #3 doesn’t actually mean anything anymore. Teams can play either one whenever they want. And Leftwich hasn’t been the #2 here, because he can’t get on the field without breaking something.

  • The Colts can have him. Leftwich is made of glass.

  • NW86

    I’ve thought all along that Lefty would be the Steelers’ first pick for #2 – but only if he’ll accept a “qualifying” contract for 1 yr, vet minimum. That deal is probably already on the table. If someone offers him something better, then the Steelers won’t bat an eye and will move on and make the same offer to Batch. They can’t afford to overpay for a backup QB.

    Either way, Smith and possibly a late-round draft pick compete for the #3 spot.

  • kevin

    The Steelers need to offer Leftwich more than a qualifying contract because he is probably the best number 2 qb in the league. The likelihood of injury for Leftwich is probably no worse than Batch and Leftwich is better than Batch. If the Steelers had Leftwich last year, they could have competed with the 49ers and would not have had to play Ben. I saw offer him a 1.5 million a year contract. You cant go into the season again with just Batch and Smith. If anyone deserves a 1 yr QC it is Batch.

  • Woodleykills56

    Thats impossible. Besides, hes a fat turd

  • Jprankster2005

    I think we need to get some new Backups….. I think we need a young QB and I like Smith to…. So hope he gets a shot some where else….. I wouldn’t mind Ben Batch and Smith as the 3 QB’s

  • LouPGH

    What are you basing your conclusions on? He’s old, injury prone, hasn’t really played let alone finished a season in quite some time, and the offense is new this year so his experience with the team is somewhat marginalized. He and Batch are pretty equal in my eyes with Batch actually being a bit more reliable. Not that I dislike Leftwich as our backup or anything; just wondering.

    Maybe one of the young guys shakes out, I’m not as familiar with their body of work, but most of the people who are knowledgeable on them seem to doubt the chances of that happening.

    So I think you’re right that they should try to keep Leftwich, but I disagree that he is either the best backup in the NFL or deserving of much more than a one-year qualifying contract.

  • How would that work?

  • kevin

    Look at the going rate for backup QBs. Leftwich still has the ability to be a low-end starter, if necessary. He has been injured recently, but there has been no indication that his skills have declined. He is about 6 years younger than Charlie Batch. In every competition, he has beated Charlie Batch out for the number 2 spot.

    The offense is new for all of the quarterbacks, so I am not sure how that is relevant, particularly when we don’t know how different the offense will be.

    As to whether he is the best backup, I change my opinion on that. I forgot that Jason Campbell signed to be a backup. I would go with him, as I think that he is at the worst an average starting caliber QB.

  • kevin

    I think your statement shows that you are an idiotic turd. McNabb may be out of shape, but I see nothing wrong with his character that you should call him a turd.

  • LouPGH

    I agree that the fact that he has continued to win the #2 job tends to suggest they have confidence in him and prefer him to Batch. (Batch’s record for career starts is pretty good though; winning ugly is still winning. But I know that there are a number of factors other than Batch’s play that go into determining the outcomes of those games.)

    My only point on the new offense was that there is less incentive to keep him as compared to bringing in someone new. He’s more familiar with the team, etc., but as far as the X’s and O’s go, it’s a bit of a wash.

    Frankly, I’m surprised even the Colts are making a run at him. I’d hope that at this point in his career he’d be more interested in a shot at winning the Super Bowl and always having a chance to play with Ben at QB than taking marginally more money for an organization that just nuked itself and will be drafting their franchise quarterback in three weeks. But that’s his call. I just wouldn’t get into much of a bidding war for him given our other needs. You’re right though that he is a quality backup and we do need someone reliable behind Roethlisberger.