Steelers Signing QB Bruce Gradkowski To Three Year Contract

The Pittsburgh Steelers added another quarterback to their roster on Wednesday as Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Twitter that Bruce Gradkowski has agreed to a three-year deal.

Gradkowski, a Seton-La Salle High School graduate, had been the backup quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals the last two seasons and will now likely back up Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh.

The signing of Gradkowski now means that there is a chance that both Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich might not return next year depending on what happens in the draft. If one of the two were to return to be the number three on the depth chart, odds are it would be Batch.

Gradkowski has a career 52.9 completion percentage in seven seasons and has thrown 21 touchdowns versus 24 interceptions. He has started 20 games since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • ugghhh, 3 years?

  • chad

    I hope we sign lewis soon for a fair deal

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I actually think 3 years is about right. Ben will be 34 by then and it will be time to draft his replacement.

  • TJimmy

    I wonder what they see in him?

  • steeltown

    Hmm.. I guess it makes sense considering Leftwich will not be back.. still though, he better be CHEAP

  • mokhkw

    I like this signing. He’s a much better fit for Haley’s system than Leftwich and although Batch could return yet again, I think it’s time for the Steelers to develop a young No.3 QB.

  • steeltown

    To be honest.. I think they covet his toughness. I think they are soo sick of Leftwich and Batch’s injury woes… as we all are

  • Ak steeler

    Im tired of us signing garbage backups, I’d rather have a 21 year old rookie as a #2 qb then another retread.

  • dgh57

    GOOD!! At least we don’t have Leftwich as a backup anymore!! I don’t think I could take another Leftwich/Batch as backup year.

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  • steeltown

    You might get your wish.. if both Batch and Leftwich are not retained, then they might draft a mid-late Rd QB as well


    Solid vet signing. If Ben misses time he will do well. I love the way we handle FA.

  • zyzak

    Bernard Pollard released by Ravens, he would be good in Pgh if we had some cap room

  • David S

    In week 13, on the road the Raiders won 27-24 on a huge upset against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gradkowski completed 20 of 33 passes for 308 yards and 3 touchdowns, including an 11-yard game winning touchdown to Louis Murphy. For his performance in this game he was awarded the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for week 13 of the regular season.[3][4] It was also a new record in the NFL, for the most come from behind touchdowns thrown in the 4th Quarter since 1991, when statistical records started to keep track of this.


  • steeltown

    I know! What is going on in Baltimore?? He was their leading tackler last season, he wasnt making that much money per season. It would be like us releasing Clark

    They almost have to re-sign Reed now

  • Jollyrob68

    Clark is making 4 million he could be a cap casualty.

  • Jollyrob68

    A rookie won’t be #2 unless he’s replacing Ben. They don’t trust rookies.

  • Chet

    They should be looking for a running back in the free agents list there’s a lot better choices then qbs plus there will be no run game this year if they don’t get a experienced rb dywer and redmen prove time after time they are not good starters . A drafted rb would be nice but experience is what is needed

  • LouPGH

    Right now they don’t have anyone to replace him. Releasing him will cost $1.25 mil in dead money and save $3.5 mil minus whatever his replacement counts for against the cap (so let’s call it a potential savings of $2.5 mil). I don’t think cutting one of your leaders and most consistent players for $2.5 mil makes much sense.

  • steeltown

    Cap casualty? ..No way, who would start.. Golden?

    I could see Clark getting a 1-2yr extension, if anything

  • I knew it would happen when I seen they were interested. This is a good signing and I’m GLAD they locked him in for 3 years. He is tough and I think is an immediate upgrade over Leftwich and Batch. He is easily more durable than the other two. With him at number 2 on the depth chart I don’t think we’ll have to worry about who’s at number 3. Let Batch be the number 3 this year since the QB class is thin. No reason to reach for a QB that isn’t there in the draft. We could definitely use the wasted pick on another position of need. Way to go FO! I know everyone is crying for a rookie QB. We’ll get one in the next couple drafts when the value is there. Big Ben is in his prime anyway. I repeat, no need to draft a QB this year.

  • NW86

    Agreed 100%. Clark is absolutely safe for 2013. Longer, if he’s willing to come back at a reduced price in 2014 like Foote did this year.

  • steeltown

    Yep.. pending his health and production this season

  • steepens

    i like this signing too. Hope they save more $$ in releasing Leftwich than they spent in signing Gradkowski.

  • Lake really likes Golden and his potential. This will be a fun camp but I think you and I know they will draft another safety next month. I would be surprised if Allen does not come back as a veteran back up since he did a solid job last season with Troy out.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. Golden has potential, but even with him we’ll still need another Safety for the future, so I hope they do draft one at some point.

    Also, I agree we could use Will Allens services for one more season, especially considering Mundy is history and DCromartie-Smith hasnt panned out either

  • Exactly.

  • TsarPepe

    Such a typical Steelers signing! One guy from the Burgh is out (Batch), another one replaces him (Grad). Even if you don’t like the player, you gotta admire the consistency with which the Steelers select their personnel.

  • djbillyd

    Geez… these guys are ridiculous. They don’t want to rebuild this team to be a winner. This is like a retirement community. Free Agency works for some teams. All we do is contribute to the pool.

  • steeltown

    There is a great article/interview with the newly signed Gradkowski on the Steelers official website

  • RW

    How dumb. Just draft a QB in the middle to later rounds.

  • Janthony132

    Get rid of Leftwich for crying out loud. He’s worthless and injury prone and he is the original “telegraph QB” (Don’t have to guess where he is throwing the ball)
    Like an open book – plus he cant move.

  • He’ll have to change his number (7).

  • Maurice_hill_district

    All I care about is he is not as brittle when he gets hit, as Leftwich.

  • Jim Underwood

    lol you nailed that one..

  • James

    He was #5 for Tampa and Oakland.

  • SteelSpine

    Jerrod Johnson, please! He has more upside than Bruce & our 2 oldie backups. Make Bruce the #2 if ya want, JJ the #3 developmental QB.

  • mokhkw

    If he’s garbage how did he manage to beat the Steelers in ’09 with a less-talented team?

  • awlcohen

    I will repeat. Is this an NFL team or a jobs program for Western PA alumni?

    Regardless, this means finally dumping Batch or Lefty, it is about time. Sadly it’s just a marginal stop gap upgrade.

  • Ak steeler

    What is he, 30yo with a career 6-14 record….yeah that’s swell just what we need. I feel so much better now.

  • mokhkw

    Ok, so who would you prefer as a back-up QB from the FAs available? Would yu prefer to keep Leftwich or Batch instead? A 21 yo Rookie as back-up is a good idea in theory until you consider that they won’t get any snaps or playing time unless Ben gets hurt, then by the time they’re ready to play, they leave via FA anyway – unless they’re a 1st Rd pick on a 5 year deal – which isn’t going to happen anytime soon. The type of rookie QB you’re referring to is a Top 100 player & there is no way the Steelers are using any picks that early in this draft on a QB, if any.

  • Metal Head

    Just get rid of both of those bums already and get a rookie QB

  • Ak steeler

    Why not draft a young gun slinger in the first 3 rounds? im tired of thinking that every game ben is out is gonna be a automatic loss!! Hell the Pats do it constantly and if they don’t use em they trade em. The rooneys are so stuck in the past that the mentality of keeping old vets and signing more old men is gonna take us back to the 80s again! Just watch…bens last good years will be a waste.

  • steeltown

    I think that thought is always there in the FO… I truly believe they were going to draft Kirk Cousins last year but WASH grabbed him a few spots before we did…. Tomlin even met and had dinner with Cousins before the draft, sometimes the pieces dont fall in your favor. They’re not going to reach, ever

  • steeltown

    I think JJ is a starter in the UFL, he might not want to leave that gig for #3 spot in the NFL

  • steeltown

    I wouldnt mind having Batch as #3.. he’s basically another QB Coach on the sideline

  • Metal Head

    Batch is a bum even when he was with Detroit let big Ben school a rookie besides we should also be looking for a RB Steven Jackson would be nice

  • steeltown

    6-3 as a starter w/ the Steelers

    He might be old, but he’s no bum, though I agree we need some young blood

  • Metal Head

    I’ll get rid of him too old besides we got Bruce what do you think we should do about a RB I think Steven Jackson wouldbe nice in black and yellow

  • steeltown

    Would love to get Jackson, but he’s too much money.. plus I think he ends up GreenBay

    They’ll draft a RB in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th Rd, there are quite a few RB’s in the early-mid Rds with upside

  • Metal Head

    I know just thought he would be a great fit with us being that he an experienced RB cacause the two we got aint gonna do no damage and if we get Beenie wells im afraid of him getting injured again I rather oay the money and steven will get 1, 000 +yards

  • steeltown

    I think Dwyer is a solid #2

    The Steelers front office was upset with the run game last season and the year before, they’ll change the OL scheme this year to a zone block and I guarantee they spend an early pick (2nd or 3rd Rd) on a RB that fits that scheme

  • Metal Head

    I know they will but that’s too many new RBs we need a veteran in there to school the 2nd and 3rd string that’s all im saying

  • jim

    Long time Raider fan to ak steeler…don’t you dare call Gradkowski garbage.
    Very underrated player, great person, true leader, great pickup by the Steelers.
    Still miss not having him in Oakland, best qb the Raiders have had since Gannon.
    Congrats to Bruce…he gets to play for his home town team…all the best to him.