Bob Labriola reports Sunday via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has said that the team still hasn\’t ruled out bringing back unrestricted free agent quarterback Charlie Batch despite the signing of unrestricted free agent quarterback Bruce Gradkowski this past week.
Batch has made it known several times during the off-season that he is interested in returning for another season at 38 years of age. Batch said that his exit meeting with the Steelers in January went well and that he didn\’t get any indication that they didn\’t want him back in 2013.
The Steelers obviously want Gradkowski to be the backup to starter Ben Roethlisberger next season and they could do much worse than Batch as a third stringer. Batch could easily be signed to a qualifying contract once again that would come with a reduced salary cap charge.
As we have previously speculated, it is almost a certain that backup Byron Leftwich will not be brought back in 2013. The Steelers have also added former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback John Parker Wilson to the off-season roster as a camp arm.
I hope he doesn’t keep them from drafting a QB.
They have cap room for that?
Batch, Gay, Spaeth, Burress… Were gettin the band back together.
Why not just call up Neil O’Donnell?? Good job letting conor go to the giants and Brandon myers
They will in June 2. 5.5 million from Colon being cut
Batch coming back doesn’t seem as bad as it once did with the signing of Gradkowski. I don’t see the Steelers having to go to the third QB on the depth chart again this season. Batch gives Roethlisberger and Gradkowski another set of eyes on the sideline and would almost act as a second QB coach. The Steelers have so many needs I do no see them drafting a QB in any round this draft. The only way I could see it is if a guy falls to them in the late rounds they can’t pass up.
So if we keep batch for 2 more years, and Barry Sanders Jr. comes out of college as a junior Charlie would have played with Barry and his son. That is a LONG career.
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