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hawaiiansteel
03-16-2010, 03:26 AM
NFL: Batch in waiting mode as Steelers monitoring Leftwich
Monday, March 15th, 2010 by DePaoli


Veteran quarterback Charlie Batch is eyeing a return to Pittsburgh and the Steelers would like him back but for now Batch is in a waiting period, according to a source close to Batch.

The Steelers are eyeing Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Byron Leftwich to provide depth at the quarterback position.

However, the Steelers have little interest in trading for Leftwich at this moment who is due a salary of $2 million in 2010.

Leftwich remains on the Buccaneers roster for now as the Bucs did not have to pay a $3.5 million roster bonus before free agency since Leftwich didn't play enough games to trigger the roster bonus.

Leftiwch is currently the No. 3 quarterback behind Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson and is available for a late round pick. He is expected to be released in the near future if the Buccaneers are unable to find a trade suitor, whch is highly unlikely.

For now there is no urgency from the Steelers to trade a late round pick and pick up Leftwichs' salary, despite the allegations on Ben Roethlisberger. However, It does put Charlie Batch in a holding pattern who wants to return.

Last season the Steelers tried to retain Leftwich as their primary backup but Leftwich chose to sign with the Buccaneers due to an opportunity to be a starter.

Shawn
03-16-2010, 04:20 AM
I like Leftwich but what is with the Steelers continued fascination with Batch?

BURGH86STEEL
03-16-2010, 06:40 AM
I like Leftwich but what is with the Steelers continued fascination with Batch?

I guess they feel there is not a better option out there. I think Batch will be gone if they are able to resign Leftwich, Ben is able to play this season, and they don't sustain in injuries at the QB position.

steelblood
03-16-2010, 07:30 AM
Batch knows the system. That's it. If Ben is suspended and Batch sees the field, he'll be injured immediately. Dude is a china doll. He's been injured more than Ben and played in 1/10 of the games. If we go into the season knowing Ben will be suspended with Batch and the small framed Dixon, we might as well go into the season with 5 QBs because we'll need them all.

steelblood
03-16-2010, 08:07 AM
The rationale in this article is really weak.

1. We need some vet insurance at this point (given Ben's situation).
2. We have plenty of draft picks given our recent depth signings
3. We've spent plenty of money so far on some average talent, 2 million for Leftwich seems about right. How much cheaper are we going to get him?

At least, dangle our seventh round pick out there.

If someone else signs him, we'll be left with the china doll, Batch. He won't last if he has to play.

Oviedo
03-16-2010, 08:15 AM
Leftwich would be a great option to bring back. He was a solid citizen when he was here and can get the job done for several games if required. He actually gets rid of the ball much quicker than Ben so that is a real positive.

NC Steeler Fan
03-16-2010, 08:59 AM
Sigh...as much as I like Batch, if we can sign Leftwich, I'd rather have him.

Let Batch be an assistant coach or something. He's a good guy and I believe
he bleeds Black and Gold...

BradshawsHairdresser
03-16-2010, 09:14 AM
Steelers just signed Larry Slow-a-Foote to 3 million $ per to be a backup...and now they're reluctant to fork over 2 million for Leftwich (who would likely be the starter if Big Perv
is arrested/suspended)?

:roll: Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

RuthlessBurgher
03-16-2010, 09:42 AM
Steelers just signed Larry Slow-a-Foote to 3 million $ per to be a backup...and now they're reluctant to fork over 2 million for Leftwich (who would likely be the starter if Big Perv
is arrested/suspended)?

:roll: Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

Hey! Get your nicknames straight. Former o-line coach Larry Zeirlein was Coach Perv. Since Ben is not related to Zeirlein, he can't be Big Perv. It's Pig Ben, not Big Perv. :wink:

steelblood
03-16-2010, 10:01 AM
Leftwich would be a great option to bring back. He was a solid citizen when he was here and can get the job done for several games if required. He actually gets rid of the ball much quicker than Ben so that is a real positive.

And, IF we protect him reasonably well, he can actually hit Mike Wallace in stride!

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
03-16-2010, 10:38 AM
Good. Batch should move to the coaching ranks. His injuries are happening earlier & earlier. I have a feeling Batch will break his throwing hand opening the door to the complex Day one of the minis.

Oviedo
03-16-2010, 10:46 AM
Leftwich would be a great option to bring back. He was a solid citizen when he was here and can get the job done for several games if required. He actually gets rid of the ball much quicker than Ben so that is a real positive.

And, IF we protect him reasonably well, he can actually hit Mike Wallace in stride!

True statement

birtikidis
03-16-2010, 12:46 PM
wow, a few weeks ago everyone on here was jumping all over me because I refused to say that Ben is the best qb in the league (behind manning) now folks are saying he doesn't get rid of the ball as fast as a 3rd string qb? nor can he hit a fast receiver in stride? wow, ben went from being the greatest in the league to a guy some on here don't even want anymore (and not for off the field problems it seems)

phillyesq
03-16-2010, 12:53 PM
Sigh...as much as I like Batch, if we can sign Leftwich, I'd rather have him.

Let Batch be an assistant coach or something. He's a good guy and I believe
he bleeds Black and Gold...

:Agree

I really like Batch, but I think that Leftwich is the better option for the Steelers as a backup QB.

I hope they bring him back into the fold. I also hope that he doesn't have to take too many snaps. While he is a good backup, things didn't workout with Jacksonville, Atlanta and Tampa Bay for a reason.

SteelerOfDeVille
03-16-2010, 01:03 PM
Sigh...as much as I like Batch, if we can sign Leftwich, I'd rather have him.

Let Batch be an assistant coach or something. He's a good guy and I believe
he bleeds Black and Gold...
agreed... totally.

Batch is fragile. But, he's the vet backup you hope for... he knows the system... and he's a home boy... Lefty is a reasonably priced vet backup he has done well in short stretches with this team. I prefer him to batch, but, would take either as the top backup.

It's simply not worth buying a Brett Favre - who may never play assuming Ben is found innocent (as you all should assume his is, right now).

Oviedo
03-16-2010, 01:12 PM
wow, a few weeks ago everyone on here was jumping all over me because I refused to say that Ben is the best qb in the league (behind manning) now folks are saying he doesn't get rid of the ball as fast as a 3rd string qb? nor can he hit a fast receiver in stride? wow, ben went from being the greatest in the league to a guy some on here don't even want anymore (and not for off the field problems it seems)

No one said Leftwich should start ahead of Ben or that he is a better QB because he isn't. He does get rid of the ball quicker than Ben and doesn't hold onto it because he doesn't have the ability to escape the rush like Ben.

That is just a statement of fact not a criticism of or piling on Ben and is consistent with what I have been saying for years. This poster never said don't want Ben here. I'm not sure I read anyone else saying that either.

Sugar
03-16-2010, 01:16 PM
Batch is fragile. But, he's the vet backup you hope for... he knows the system... and he's a home boy... Lefty is a reasonably priced vet backup he has done well in short stretches with this team. I prefer him to batch, but, would take either as the top backup.

It's simply not worth buying a Brett Favre - who may never play assuming Ben is found innocent (as you all should assume his is, right now).

Ben is innocent. No one has shown otherwise nor given us any real reason to think that he isn't.

steelblood
03-16-2010, 06:04 PM
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Batch won't last two quarters before he breaks another bone. Given the uncertainty Ben faces, going with Batch is a poor idea. There is no guarantee someone else won't get injured, but there is a guarantee that Batch will be injured if he plays or even gets near the field.

Chadman
03-16-2010, 06:18 PM
Worst case scenario- if Ben really is in trouble, Chadman would feel much more comfortable moving ahead with Leftwich than Dixon/Batch at this point.

Leftwich, in the right situation, is a viable starting NFL QB.

snarky
03-16-2010, 06:22 PM
Yeah, I view Batch as a good option if you are talking about spot relief (one or two games max). But as a back-up capable of lasting an entire season, history shows he won't make it that long.