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    Steelers waiting for Leftwich to be released

    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.

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    Re: Steelers waiting for Leftwich to be released

    I like Leftwich but what is with the Steelers continued fascination with Batch?

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    Re: Steelers waiting for Leftwich to be released

    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn
    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.

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    Re: Steelers waiting for Leftwich to be released

    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.
    Even if Bill Belichick was getting an atomic wedgie, his face would look exactly the same.

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    Re: Steelers waiting for Leftwich to be released

    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.
    Even if Bill Belichick was getting an atomic wedgie, his face would look exactly the same.

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    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.
    Playing Fantasy Football does not qualify you to be the in the front office or on the coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are professionals and you are not!

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    Re: Steelers waiting for Leftwich to be released

    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
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    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)?

    Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

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    Re: Steelers waiting for Leftwich to be released

    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser
    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)?

    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.

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    Re: Steelers waiting for Leftwich to be released

    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo
    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!
    Even if Bill Belichick was getting an atomic wedgie, his face would look exactly the same.

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