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Steelers bring back Byron Leftwich

nfl_a_leftwich_576.jpgOn April 2, we listed for SportingNews.com five moves that should be made.  Though the suggestion that the Colts should sign Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill to an offer sheet took on a life of its own in San Diego, none of the deals had occurred.

Until now.

The Steelers have traded for quarterback Byron Leftwich, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.  In return, the Steelers gave up only a seventh-round pick.

Leftwich presumably will compete with Dennis Dixon for the Week One starting job.  Leftwich also provides insurance in the event that Roethlisberger runs afoul of the terms of what is now expected to be a conditional suspension, with a hefty number of game (six or eight) potentially reduced to, say, four if he stays out of trouble.

Leftwich also would help round out a decent depth chart, in the event the Steelers trade Roethlisberger.

Leftwich joined the Steelers in 2008, after Charlie Batch broke a collarbone while running with the ball in a preseason game.  The seventh overall pick in the 2003 draft appeared in five games for the Steelers, generating a passer rating in excess of 100 and winning a Super Bowl ring.

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  1. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Apr 20, 2010 5:51 PM

    Byron, Dennis and Charlie have a ways to go before supplanting Rapenstein as the Steelers starting rapist.

  2. late19832001 says: Apr 20, 2010 5:51 PM

    Welcome back Byron….

  3. BKILBY13 says: Apr 20, 2010 5:53 PM

    This is the precursor to a Roethlisberger trade. Big Ben to the Bills for a 1st+3rd+ QB Trent Edwards.

  4. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 20, 2010 5:54 PM

    it hurts for me to say it but…he will not be able to lead them to a winning season, he can win them a few wins during the season but if he’s the full time starter, they’ll regret it

  5. BDMag says: Apr 20, 2010 5:54 PM

    Dixon has potential. Not a Pitt fan, but if Ben has a lengthy suspension they’d be smart to try and go with him.

  6. Ilovefoolsball says: Apr 20, 2010 5:55 PM

    That’s good insurance for Rapistberger.

  7. TFBuckFutter says: Apr 20, 2010 5:58 PM

    “In return, the Steelers gave up only a seventh-round pick.”
    Pff. They overpaid.
    Guy isn’t worth a penny more than an 8th rounder.

  8. PittsburghSteelerz says: Apr 20, 2010 5:58 PM

    D’oh – unless he’s a backup
    Batch is a great guy, but his time is up.
    Believe it or not, Pittsburghers were calling for Big Ben to be benched for Leftwich in ’08
    This should end well.

  9. McDBoss says: Apr 20, 2010 5:58 PM

    trade big ben? ya ok right uh-huh sure

  10. NateD says: Apr 20, 2010 5:59 PM

    NateD says:
    April 20, 2010 5:19 PM
    I bet we bring back Leftwich — that way we have some added depth for the 2-4 games that Ben is suspended for. That was a perfect role for him in 08′ and Tomlin loves him. Batch is basically just a coach now so he wouldnt even care. Ben/ Dixon/ Byron = best QB trio in the league.
    (bowing to the crowd)…thank you, thank you — you are all far too kind.
    Tough job Florio, Im not even an analyst and reported this 22 min before you!

  11. Dub says: Apr 20, 2010 5:59 PM

    Bucs got the better of that trade…

  12. Okey says: Apr 20, 2010 6:00 PM

    FINALLY, since the end of the 2008 season, the Bucs have actually made a positive move!!! (UGH!)

  13. Matt says: Apr 20, 2010 6:01 PM

    Welcome back, Byron. Don’t suck.

  14. horntoad says: Apr 20, 2010 6:02 PM

    Good move. He will start over Dixon.

  15. i_like_football says: Apr 20, 2010 6:04 PM

    Next Ben gets traded …..

  16. Deb says: Apr 20, 2010 6:05 PM

    After all these weeks, you’ve finally posted something that surprised me. I really thought the Steelers were confident Dixon could carry them in Roethlisberger’s absence. Obviously not. Well, this answers any questions about Dixon’s long-term NFL future. Love Batch, but bless him, he has the NFL equivalent of a glass jaw: a glass body. Bringing back Leftwich is a great move. He’s not a franchise QB, but he can help us temporarily keep our heads above troubled waters.

  17. nflqb says: Apr 20, 2010 6:06 PM

    Well I am praying for ben to get traded to the niners. I would just love to see the big man stick it to Pittsburgh and the media by carrying them to ring number 6 while the steelers roll in the fodder at 4-12 or so for the next decade!

  18. trickbunny says: Apr 20, 2010 6:06 PM

    Hmmmm, so they need *three* QBs while Rapeherfurburger sits?
    Hopefully, this means Rapenstein is out of a job in Pittsburgh. Otherwise, I don’t know why they’d need to take on a 3rd QB, just for Rapistberger sitting out for few games.

  19. j-daddy says: Apr 20, 2010 6:06 PM

    It’s not insurance in case of a Ben trade, it’s insurance for when Charlie Batch breaks a finger or something on a dandelion. Batch should just move to quarterback’s coach anyways, it’s what he does the majority of the season.

  20. wryly1 says: Apr 20, 2010 6:08 PM

    … But will Squealers hire a babysitter for Rapesburger?

  21. QJ1984 says: Apr 20, 2010 6:11 PM

    LMAO, if you think Pig Ben is getting a 6 or 8 game suspension. The MOST he’s getting is 3 games, which will probably be reduced to time served by the time the season starts. Your taking this to seriously. Mark it down, Pig Ben will start week 1 barring injury.

  22. Wallacej says: Apr 20, 2010 6:11 PM

    I’d like to see Double-D at the helm on opening day.

  23. Rafterman says: Apr 20, 2010 6:12 PM

    Florio, get a clue!
    No one on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette or Tribune Review staffs think that there is even a REMOTE chance that Roethlisberger will be traded. It’s not happening you moron.
    I’m happy to see Byron back, Batch is hurt often and Dixon is not ready.

  24. bobzilla says: Apr 20, 2010 6:21 PM

    Great move!!!
    The Steelers are regrouping, and Roethlisberger just got closer to the door. Expect the injury-prone Batch to be released and a QB be drafted in the later rounds.

  25. cbatchel says: Apr 20, 2010 6:21 PM

    Dude couldn’t even get a job lastyear before the Bucs gave him a shot. Now people are trading 7th rounders for him, not a bad junk pickup last year Bucs.
    Got a few Ok games out of him and now a 7th rounder, not bad.

  26. beer_beer_beer_beer says: Apr 20, 2010 6:24 PM

    Will this move affect the timing of Goodell’s announcement on the Big Ben suspension?

  27. Wizahdry says: Apr 20, 2010 6:29 PM

    So who will get cut when little Ben comes back?

  28. jfd117 says: Apr 20, 2010 6:30 PM

    What crime did Byron commit?

  29. funi says: Apr 20, 2010 6:30 PM

    Who gets cut after Ben comes back in week 3 or 4? Batch or Leftwich?

  30. Karl says: Apr 20, 2010 6:31 PM

    This is clearly an indication that Ben is goin’ bye bye.
    The question isn’t IF Ben will be traded, it will be WHEN and WHO to. I can’t wait for his sorry ass to leave Pittsburgh.
    What do you think? Buffalo? San Francisco? Oakland?
    We should get the other team’s first round pick and still be able to keep our own. I smell a trade up!

  31. ArtModellsPimp says: Apr 20, 2010 6:33 PM

    It makes my heart warm to read all of the positive reactions to Leftwich’s return to Shittsburgh as a possible replacement for the rapist.
    Seems almost like panic-mode has set in.
    Or that the faithful are just whistling past the graveyard…

  32. bobzilla says: Apr 20, 2010 6:36 PM

    @j-daddy: Batch should move to quarterbacks coach? Who’s he gonna coach? The great Ben Roethlisberger? God’s Gift to Football?
    C’mon.
    Roethlisberger takes advice from no one. That’s evident by his behavoir off the field. Think Batch hasn’t told him a time or time to straighten the f up?
    ————————————————–
    Not sure what a “franchise” quarterback is, exactly. Is it someone who leads his team’s offense to two field goals against the 1-11 Browns? In that case, Leftwich might be too over qualified for the job.
    Leftwich played well for the Steelers in 2008. In extended action in wins against the Redskins and Browns, he showed a quick release and avoided taking sacks.
    And don’t tell me Leftwich can’t do it over a 16-game season. Last I checked, Roethlisberger has neither played a full season nor has he been perfect in every game he has played.

  33. tryagain says: Apr 20, 2010 6:37 PM

    NateD says: (bowing to the crowd)…thank you, thank you — you are all far too kind.
    This made me laugh- and congrats for ‘calling it’.
    QJ1984 says: Mark it down, Pig Ben will start week 1 barring injury.
    If you are willing to wager on that, I’m in.

  34. BenRoethilsberger says: Apr 20, 2010 6:39 PM

    # trickbunny says: April 20, 2010 6:06 PM
    “…I don’t know why …”
    That’s all you ever need to say.
    What you don’t know fills libraries.

  35. Benny Mendenberger-Ward says: Apr 20, 2010 6:40 PM

    I cant stand this dude. He has a terrible release and if the OL doesnt block for him well, count on him coughing up the football.

  36. finndawg says: Apr 20, 2010 6:40 PM

    I’d say Batch is the odd man out. Crappy move by the front office if you ask me as they just gave him an extension with a $50 k. signing bonus. What on earth was the front office hedging against? NOBODY ELSE WANTED HIM!

  37. Hedley Lamarr says: Apr 20, 2010 6:41 PM

    Let’s see if I can classify all the comments into 3 categories:
    Steeler fans: “Big deal. See ya after the bye week, Ben. Stay out of trouble”.
    Fans of about 27 other teams: “Surely this means that they’re trading Ben to for a 1st, a 3rd and “.
    Fans of Cincy, Cleveland, or Baltimore: “Rapistburger … blah, blah, … lock up your daughters … blah, blah, … Goodell’s a racist … blah, blah … Rapistburger … blah, blah”.

  38. Mustard says: Apr 20, 2010 6:45 PM

    Good reporting. Anyone have any idea who he was traded from.

  39. HarrisonHits says: Apr 20, 2010 6:45 PM

    The Pillsbury Dough Boy lives again !

  40. Kevin DuBrow says: Apr 20, 2010 6:53 PM

    Stop with the trade talk!! Rapistberger has NO TRADE VALUE!!! why would a team give up a draft pick for this guy? its a PR nightmare…you are absolutely insane.

  41. TFBuckFutter says: Apr 20, 2010 6:55 PM

    “Hedley Lamarr says:
    April 20, 2010 6:41 PM
    Fans of Cincy, Cleveland, or Baltimore: “Rapistburger … blah, blah, … lock up your daughters … blah, blah, … Goodell’s a racist … blah, blah … Rapistburger … blah, blah”.”
    EVERYONE is calling him Rapistburger. You see, it’s a play on his name and the fact that he’s so fond of rape.
    Personally, I prefer Turdburger.

  42. i_like_football says: Apr 20, 2010 6:57 PM

    As a steelers fan the constant repeat of names for a player that did nothing is getting more than old. I understand all of you are mad that he’s a winner and wish that your quarterback could lead a team to 2 super bowl wins in the span Ben did, and if you find it necessary to attack him by calling him the stupid names try and be original I hope he stays a Steeler for 2 reasons to continue to be a winning franchise and to piss of all the anti steelers fan who hate him because we win.
    GO STEELERS!

  43. Pancho says: Apr 20, 2010 6:58 PM

    Very smart move by Pittsburgh. Leftwich didn’t play well last year b/c he was surrounded by a dreadful team… he is a quality QB when he has a strong supporting cast. In 2008 he stepped in for Ben a few times a was more than serviceable. Dixon is not ready yet. Leftwich will be able to win some games while Ben is on “vacation”.

  44. wyoff says: Apr 20, 2010 7:02 PM

    —BKILBY13 says:
    April 20, 2010 5:53 PM
    This is the precursor to a Roethlisberger trade. Big Ben to the Bills for a 1st+3rd+ QB Trent Edwards.—
    Even if the Steelers traded Roethlisberger, why would they want Trent Edwards? That’s subtraction by addition. In your scenario they’d be better off getting a 6th rounder instead of Edwards.

  45. nflqb says: Apr 20, 2010 7:04 PM

    Lost in all this mess is the fact the steelers lost their best wr who has even come close to reaching his prime.
    They have an ancient Hines ward and a 2nd yr unproven in mike Wallace who will see a lot more attention now that Santonio is gone.
    If I was Ben I would be quietly seeking a trade and nudging for the warm weather in Fan Fran because there is gonna be a mess at wr in Pitt for a long time to come!

  46. spyboots says: Apr 20, 2010 7:08 PM

    This is clearly an indication that Ben is not being traded. Leftwich did well when he filled in before.

  47. Deb says: Apr 20, 2010 7:17 PM

    @bobzilla …
    You haven’t been watching pro football long, have you? A franchise QB is a consistent, proven winner/starter who probably has a contract in the neighborhood of $102 million or more. And no matter what he’s done off-field, he’s considered the team’s on-field general by doing thing like, oh, leading the team to three conference championships and two Super Bowls in five years and winning a Super Bowl in a clutch two-minute drive. Love him or hate him, Roethlisberger is a franchise QB.
    Examples of other franchise QBs: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb, Drew Brees. Examples of potential franchise QBs, people on the cusp: Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco. Examples of serviceable QBs who are not “franchise” QBs: Marc Bulger, Derek Anderson, Sage Rosenfels, David Garrard, Byron Leftwich.

  48. Igottz5onit says: Apr 20, 2010 7:23 PM

    @ nflqb
    How is Wallace unproven? He was receiving mention of OROY last year by a lot of columnists.

  49. Holeinone09 says: Apr 20, 2010 7:26 PM

    trickbunny is a complete dope who lacks credibility. For all the posting that person does on EVERY thread about the Steelers, he doesn’t have a clue about the team or what it will or won’t do. Now hear this: The Steelers will NOT trade Ben. Ben will take his punishment lumps, quietly, and then get back to playing football and making other team’s defenses look bad. He did a dumb thing as I have said, but it has been blown way out of proportion now, and particularly with the facts about how the girl behaved (and who so far is getting off without any negativism in the press, shockingly so. She was a real role model herself, huh?). Frankly I think he should get less than the 4 games people are talking about. The NFL has to and should take some action, but they have to be careful about setting a precedent they will have to live up to.
    So, Ben haters like trickbunny, get used to Ben and the Steelers making your team look bad for years to come. Have your fun for a while longer.
    Ben is the QB of the Steelers. Byron is insurance for a while. Dixon must not be ready to take over for a few games.
    GO STEELERS!!

  50. robert ethan says: Apr 20, 2010 7:42 PM

    I think the Steelers may want to increase the odds that one of the QBs can play well enough to make Roetlisberger redundant. When Byron first came to Pitt, he played in place of Ben, stopped a losing streak and had a better passer rating than Roethlisberger in limited playing time. There was a significant sentiment at the time that he should remain as starter even after Roethlisberger returned.
    If he or Dixon, or even Batch gets off to a good start to the season, they won’t be pulling the guy off the field the moment Ben’s suspension is over. It will take a couple of bad games on the part of whoever is starting for them to give way.

  51. Dave3258 says: Apr 20, 2010 7:43 PM

    Byron Leftwich is a smart move that makes all the sense in the world . With him being there in 2008 he knows the offense and the coaches . If the Steelers can provide him protection , he could easily lead them through the first half of the season .

  52. bigstorm says: Apr 20, 2010 7:47 PM

    Great move because of its simplicity. Give up nothing to get something. Everything makes sense…the cost, the salary, the past history.
    Good job Colbert.
    Cue the fruits who actually don’t have a favorite team but want to talk about Ben’s cock.

  53. TFBuckFutter says: Apr 20, 2010 7:47 PM

    “Holeinone09 says:
    April 20, 2010 7:26 PM
    So, Ben haters like trickbunny, get used to Ben and the Steelers making your team look bad for years to come. Have your fun for a while longer.”
    Now I ain’t no mathemagician….but it seems to me there were 7 teams last year who they didn’t make look bad.
    And they also didn’t look real sharp against an awful Titans team.
    And they didn’t make Green Bay look especially bad in their win against them, or Baltimore in the second meeting.
    In fact, if we set the benchmark at making a team “look bad” at a 2 TD margin of victory, the Steelers actually only made one team look bad last year.
    Oh, you also lost to the Raiders, Browns and Chiefs. So, to conclude….STFU and GTFO.

  54. i'm president charlie! says: Apr 20, 2010 7:48 PM

    Regardless of how long Ben’s suspension will be it doesn’t change the fact that Flacco has never beaten the Steelers when Ben was at the helm, Carson Palmer has never won a playoff game (even with an awesome running game/defense last year LOL!), and the Browns, well, they are the Browns + Jake Delhomme!
    Welcome back Lord Byron, hope you’ve been working on some footwork and a quicker release!

  55. Deb says: Apr 20, 2010 8:07 PM

    @TFBuckFutter …
    You don’t like a comment from a Steelers fan so your response is STFU and GTFO. But your only interest is truth and justice. Team bias doesn’t come into it all. Glad that’s been cleared up.
    For the record, Holeinone09 is right: trickbunny is a bitter Browns fan. And except for one win in 09, the Steelers have been making the Browns look bad for a while now. But I congratulated them heartily on that victory last year. They not only earned it on the field–they had one coming.

  56. runtheball says: Apr 20, 2010 8:33 PM

    The only thing dunber than saying that the Steelers should/would entertain trading Roethlisberger is saying that Dixon has a future as a starting QB. He couldn’t complete half of his passes with a dumbed down game plan. I wonder if Old Danny Boy found out about Chuck Batch’s rape case. It makes Roethlisberger look like a boy scout.

  57. Steelintn says: Apr 20, 2010 8:42 PM

    Ben is a Steeler. Always will be.
    And the browns make the browns look bad.

  58. CaptainObvious says: Apr 20, 2010 8:54 PM

    # bigstorm says: April 20, 2010 7:47 PM
    “Cue the fruits who actually don’t have a favorite team but want to talk about Ben’s cock.”
    PMSL!!!

  59. TFBuckFutter says: Apr 20, 2010 8:55 PM

    “Deb says:
    April 20, 2010 8:07 PM
    @TFBuckFutter …
    You don’t like a comment from a Steelers fan so your response is STFU and GTFO. But your only interest is truth and justice. Team bias doesn’t come into it all. Glad that’s been cleared up.”
    He made a ludicrous comment.
    I would have responded in kind had he been talking up some other team that FAILED TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS.
    Moreso if it was right after their starting QB just got done raping a bunch of chicks.

  60. TFBuckFutter says: Apr 20, 2010 8:58 PM

    “runtheball says:
    April 20, 2010 8:33 PM
    The only thing dunber than saying that the Steelers should/would entertain trading Roethlisberger is saying that Dixon has a future as a starting QB. He couldn’t complete half of his passes with a dumbed down game plan. I wonder if Old Danny Boy found out about Chuck Batch’s rape case. It makes Roethlisberger look like a boy scout.”
    Holy crap. I forgot about that.
    Boy the Steelers really do love rapists, don’t they?

  61. Jack Burton says: Apr 20, 2010 9:18 PM

    Good move but I still think they should give Dixon the helm before Leftwich.

  62. spyboots says: Apr 20, 2010 9:32 PM

    Jerome Bettis was also falsely accused.

  63. Deb says: Apr 20, 2010 9:37 PM

    TFBuckFutter says:
    He made a ludicrous comment. … Moreso if it was right after their starting QB just got done raping a bunch of chicks.
    ———————————————
    Male peacocks love to parade their feathers … even coming off a losing season. It’s genetic. But it’s not in the same ludicrous ballpark as your comment about the QB raping a bunch of chicks. A sleazy idiot waving his willy for the viewing pleasure of DTF women isn’t rape. You have enough upstairs to review court filings and listen to investigation summaries and test findings. If you keep calling it rape when Nevada’s own text messages and the Georgia rape kit say otherwise, you must have an ax to grind. He has ego issues, bad judgment, possibly a drinking problem. For his own good, he needs a big slapdown from his team. But he’s not a predator … just another jackass screwing up his life. So’s she. Don’t really care about Nevada, but Georgia makes me sad. Agree with the DA–hope she’s learned something. She’s too young to place such small value on herself. What a waste.

  64. FumbleNuts says: Apr 20, 2010 10:05 PM

    Bye Bye Rapenstein!

  65. nbrown911 says: Apr 20, 2010 10:18 PM

    Well I believe the Steelers would trade Ben for a 1st and 3rd, as a player Ben is awesome but as a person not so much. The Steelers are said to be fielding offers not because they think he sucks, but because the fans in Pittsburgh have shown backlash about the issues surrounding him. If Seattle offered 14 and their 3rd I believe the Steelers would do it…Pittsburgh Steelers pride themselves on hard work and humble players…. But as a fan of another team, I def. hope they do it.

  66. CincyAllDaWay says: Apr 20, 2010 10:21 PM

    Byron Leftwich…..are you freakin kidding me? The only thing more pathetic than trading for Leftwich is giving up a 7th round pick for him! But thats not nearly as bad as the fans who actually think Ben won’t be traded or that if he is that he actually has any trade value! I’m going out on a limb here but how many teams do actually think will be lined up to trade anything of value for a damn rapist?? LMFAO!!!
    Steelers 4- 12 in 2010………at best!

  67. Deb says: Apr 20, 2010 10:28 PM

    TFBuckFutter says:
    He made a ludicrous comment. … Moreso if it was right after their starting QB just got done raping a bunch of chicks.
    ———————————————
    Male peacocks love to parade their feathers … even coming off a losing season. It’s genetic. But it’s not in the same ludicrous ballpark as your comment about the QB raping a bunch of chicks. A sleazy idiot waving his willy for the viewing pleasure of DTF women isn’t rape. You have enough upstairs to review court filings and listen to investigation summaries and test findings. If you keep calling it rape when Nevada’s own text messages and the Georgia rape kit say otherwise, you must have an ax to grind. He has ego issues, bad judgment, possibly a drinking problem. For his own good, he needs a big slapdown from his team. But he’s not a predator … just another jackass screwing up his life. So’s she. Don’t really care about Nevada, but Georgia makes me sad. Agree with the DA–hope she’s learned something. She’s too young to place such small value on herself. What a waste.

  68. Deb says: Apr 21, 2010 12:14 AM

    Yes, yes, TFBuckFutter, we know about the woman who was so devastated by the sight of a penis she went back for more the next week. “Whore” is your word, not mine. I won’t speculate on imaginary women because I focus on facts: Court filings in Nevada contradict McNulty’s story. Multiple witnesses in Georgia say the accuser was chasing Ben from bar to bar, engaged in sexual banter and telling him she was “down to f–k.” The rape kit was negative. As I’ve repeatedly acknowledged, his behavior fits a pattern of immature, drunken debauchery and I hope the “scared straight” tactics of the Steelers/League are successful. If not, he’ll continue to wreck his life … and perhaps wind up making porno buddy flicks with Sean Salisbury.
    Your posts also fit a pattern–of desperate rantings by a rival fan who, for all his posturing, has no deeper understanding of sexual assault issues than Roethlisberger likely has of nuclear physics. Your whining disparagement of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Milledgeville DA demonstrates I gave you too much intellectual credit. You’re either unwilling to review the full investigative findings or incapable of understanding them and think your armchair legalese will substitute. Just more feather-dancing by another blustery male peacock.

  69. Brakadamaas says: Apr 21, 2010 3:50 AM

    OK, you can take any roster in the league and go through the names and find many a turd and jerk…..but Ben-a-palooza has taken turdism to a whole new level. Motorcycle accident (sans helmet), Lake Tahoe, Milledgeville, and all teh minor stuff (turn your hat around, you look like a dumbass). Been a Steeler fan since the days of John Henry Johnson and I won’t watch ‘em if Ben-a-palooza is on the team. Trade him? Hell, just cut his ass and let Byron, Dennis, Charlie and whomever they draft fight it out. Does anybody remember who the Raven’s QB was when they won the Super Bowl? Yes, QB is an important position but team is more important. The Steeler fan base has quite a female following, females with daughters and grandaughters and sisters. They will not forget what Ben-a-palooza did. Nor will us old guys with daughters and grandaughters. He can’t stay in Pittsburgh, he won’t say stay in Pittsburgh. What he has done is much worse than what Santonio did. OK, I rambled, I admit it.

  70. datdudecelly says: Apr 21, 2010 4:27 AM

    Great trade for the Bucs. Leftwich was probably going to be cut anyway. Would’ve been nice if Tampa could’ve somehow landed Limas Sweed in this trade deal as well…even if it meant sending a 6th rounder to Pitt.

  71. Pier588 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:54 AM

    Too bad the Bucs didn’t unload “Clay Hands” Clayton and Maurice “I can’t catch in the NFL” Stoval in the same package.

  72. kappa08 says: Apr 21, 2010 9:23 AM

    The Bucs are stockpiling picks in what is being projecting as a VERY deep draft…nice move

  73. bigstorm says: Apr 21, 2010 10:14 PM

    kappao8…..
    Stockpiling 7th round picks. Uhhhhhh, yeah.
    That’ll rebuild the franchise. Bump up the medication. The voices you hear might not be your own.
    More FA non-drafted picks make teams than do post 5th round players. Last year was a deep draft as well for OL and DBs…..how’d that go?

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