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Troy Smith signs with Steelers

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The Steelers have signed another candidate to play behind Ben Roethlisberger next year.

The team announced they have signed former 49ers quarterback Troy Smith.  The Heisman Trophy winner last played in the UFL and was available to be signed because he didn’t finish the year on an NFL roster.

Smith started six games in San Francisco last year, some when Alex Smith was healthy enough to play. A lot changes in a year.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has written repeatedly that the Steelers will re-sign Byron Leftwich to back up Roethlisberger next season.  Charlie Batch’s gig may finally be up after eight years in Pittsburgh; he was known to have a close relationship with retired Steelers coordinator Bruce Arians.

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  1. trbowman says: Jan 20, 2012 2:10 PM

    Bout time! Don’t know why he didn’t get signed earlier.

  2. mikeeg says: Jan 20, 2012 2:11 PM

    Anybody else see the Steeler dynasty going down the toilet?

  3. bray72 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:20 PM

    Wow! Looks like the Steelers are indeed retooling for the future. They took their shot at another SB, but now it’s clear there will be major changes. Ariens gone, reshuffling backup QB’s and the 25mil cap issues.

    But I think it will be seamless and they will ratain their playoff strength even though it may take a year or two to get back to their SB form potential. There are many great peices in place to make for a quick recovery.

  4. jja80 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:23 PM

    @mikeeg, oh ya, this signing alone ensures that. I mean to sign Smith to be a potential 3rd string QB!? Yep, down the toilet. Smh

  5. blackngoldimmortals says: Jan 20, 2012 2:25 PM

    Shocked here. Isn’t he in legal trouble? Not a traditional Steeler signing. But I can understand the position pick.

  6. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Jan 20, 2012 2:27 PM

    Looks like the Steelers want even Raven discards!

  7. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 20, 2012 2:28 PM

    What about Dennis Dixon?

  8. steelergold says: Jan 20, 2012 2:29 PM

    I’m gonna miss Charlie Batch. Dixon not so much.

  9. JackLeone says: Jan 20, 2012 2:29 PM

    Leftwich is the one that needs to go. Batch is a solid back up.

  10. abengalfan says: Jan 20, 2012 2:31 PM

    blackngoldimmortals says:
    Jan 20, 2012 2:25 PM
    Shocked here. Isn’t he in legal trouble?

    Nah, he’s never been a Bengal.

  11. gmen1987 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:35 PM

    Signing a 4th string QB is worthy of a headline on ProFootballtalk.com?

  12. turk2875 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:37 PM

    How did this man win the Heisman?? He may have been the least hyped Heisman winner of all-time.

  13. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 20, 2012 2:40 PM

    trbowman says:
    Jan 20, 2012 2:10 PM
    Bout time! Don’t know why he didn’t get signed earlier.

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    Don’t know… let me fill you in…

    He sucks

  14. realitypolice says: Jan 20, 2012 2:50 PM

    turk2875 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 2:37 PM
    How did this man win the Heisman?? He may have been the least hyped Heisman winner of all-time.
    ==========================

    I will just assume you are not old enough to remember Gino Torretta.

  15. mrpkg says: Jan 20, 2012 2:51 PM

    Randy Ficthner becomes Offensive Coordinator
    Charlie Batch becomes Quarterbacks Coach

  16. godofwine330 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:52 PM

    good for Troy. I have been rooting for him since he was at Glenville and then THE Ohio State. I look forward to seeing him in the NFL at least in the preseason.

  17. thraiderskin says: Jan 20, 2012 2:54 PM

    Turk- I believed he won the heisman with one of the highest total votes.

  18. southpaw2k says: Jan 20, 2012 3:00 PM

    Good for Troy. Always liked him and his instincts, but when Flacco stepped in right away, he never had a chance in Baltimore.

    As for the Steelers, I’m really curious to see how the team looks next season since they’re $20 million over the cap.

  19. tluke25 says: Jan 20, 2012 3:01 PM

    mikeeg says: Jan 20, 2012 2:11 PM

    Anybody else see the Steeler dynasty going down the toilet?

    —————

    Really? Are you kidding me? Ben is barely 30. Their receivers are in their 2nd and 3rd season and rival any other set of receivers in the league. Dick Lebeau has no plans of retiring any time soon (and besides, his system is firmly in place) Jason Worlids is going to be an elite outside LB once Harrison is done. LB’s Lawrence Timmons and Lamar Woodley are only in their 5th seasons and among the league’s best. Cameron Heyward and Ziggy Hood were excellent first round picks ready to take over at DE for Keisel and Aaron Smith. And, Kevin Colbert has been nothing but spectacular when it comes to replacing talent through the draft. This team has to feel extremely good about its transitioning future.

    I think maybe your hoping the Steelers will become a toilet team. ?

  20. tombradysponytail says: Jan 20, 2012 3:01 PM

    Maybe they think they signed the other 9ers QB named smith…

  21. butteredsanta says: Jan 20, 2012 3:06 PM

    Cue up the calliope music

  22. fittytuckin says: Jan 20, 2012 3:11 PM

    He has a pretty good record as a starter. I’d rather have him than Tebow, because he can actually throw

  23. tformation says: Jan 20, 2012 3:22 PM

    mrpkg, Batch becoming the Steelers QB Coach would be great. Batch had a rough ride in Detroit, but I admired what he was doing as a back-up in Pittsburgh.

    How old is Batch now, anyway? Any market for him? Gotta be some teams that need backup QBs… even old ones…

  24. stairwayto7 says: Jan 20, 2012 3:22 PM

    Batch will be an asst coach, dixon will be a Jet and Smith will eb cut in training camp..

  25. henrykissingerisgod says: Jan 20, 2012 3:23 PM

    It makes sense. The steelers have the youngest starting offense in the afc ..time to start getting young backups

  26. nineroutsider says: Jan 20, 2012 3:23 PM

    Steelers fans – hope that Ben doesn’t get hurt because this guy is horrible. Not a great locker room presence either. He never deserved to start over Alex, it made me furious with big, dumb Mike.

  27. td40 says: Jan 20, 2012 3:40 PM

    Ha… Wonder how many Steelers fans that will post positive comments about this signing also posted really negative comments about him when he was a Raven. Funny how the stock in a player you think sucks magically goes up once he puts on your team’s uniform.

  28. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 20, 2012 3:48 PM

    As a Ravens fan I just had the funniest realization.

    Wouldn’t be funny if Troy is forced into action. Then the Black and Yellow would have the QB who couldn’t even get a sniff of the starting job in Baltimore (Flacco’s rookie year) after the guy that all the Steeler fans think is the worst QB in the world took over for Troy in the preseason.

    Feels like karma to me :).

  29. cliverush says: Jan 20, 2012 3:56 PM

    I remember seeing him on the field at OSU, shedding tacklers and throwing the ball with high velocity. He seemed to play bigger than he is.

  30. kokoskmr says: Jan 20, 2012 4:09 PM

    6’0″ = “Too short”

  31. hotdog113 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:11 PM

    The Steelers signed him for one reason, and that is to learn the Baltimore offense and audible codes etc. Teams grab ex players from in the division all the time to do this.

    Smith is a below average talent.

  32. golonger says: Jan 20, 2012 4:26 PM

    …it never ceases to amaze me how people still try and defend this loser!…for all those who need to get a clue…listen up….TROY SMITH can’t play……I have seen him at training camp….he is terrible and his arm strength is even worse. There is a reason he disappeared!!!

    Steelers are clueless!!!!!

  33. terrellpryorstattooartist says: Jan 20, 2012 4:26 PM

    trbowman says:
    Jan 20, 2012 2:10 PM
    Bout time! Don’t know why he didn’t get signed earlier.

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    Because he’s not any good and all 32 teams where aware of that

  34. bostonbias says: Jan 20, 2012 4:31 PM

    This is not even news really….Raven fans are the least loyal in all of sports. lol. They love you when you have on the purple, but they hate anyone that leaves the team. Most fan bases have respect for players that gave so much, you will NEVER see that class in Baltimore. Try to find one nice post here or a thank you by a Raven fan to an ex player.

  35. mostlombardisintheleague says: Jan 20, 2012 4:34 PM

    “….last played in the UFL and was available to be signed because he didn’t finish the year on an NFL roster.”

    Think, perhaps maybe, there are reasons for these two stats ?

  36. maddogwhite says: Jan 20, 2012 4:36 PM

    Other than Batch, the Steeler backup QBs have been mediocre at best. What’s with all the castoffs and Dennis Dixon is NOT a starting NFL QB. The man cannot throw an accurate pass. Geez, can’t we get some better quality here — keep Batch, I’ll take him over these other bums.

  37. getyourownname says: Jan 20, 2012 4:42 PM

    hotdog113 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 4:11 PM
    The Steelers signed him for one reason, and that is to learn the Baltimore offense and audible codes etc.
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    As if they didn’t know these already. Besides, who thinks those codes won’t be changing next season?

    Not really surprising though, it’s a shorter walk to Pittsburgh from Baltimore then to Cleveland.

  38. edisbetterthantroy says: Jan 20, 2012 4:46 PM

    Sweet pick up! This guy is garbage. I’ve never heard of someone with a higher opinion of himself and his game with no NFL evidence to back it up.

    What’s the over/under on how long before he starts boasting why he should start over Big Ben?

  39. genericcommenter says: Jan 20, 2012 4:46 PM

    “bunkmcnulty” must not be much of a Ravens fan. Or he would remember that Smith was the favorite to start Flacco’s rookie season, but he was sick in the hospital with tonsillitis, neck blod clot, lung infection. He lost 20 pounds and missed a month of practice. Since he wasn’t cleared to practice until after the season started, of course he had no shot at winning the job. Even after that, several of his teammates lobbied for him to have a shot at the job and more playing time and teh “Suggs Packages.”

  40. boothisman says: Jan 20, 2012 4:48 PM

    bunkmcnulty says:
    Jan 20, 2012 3:48 PM
    As a Ravens fan I just had the funniest realization.

    Wouldn’t be funny if Troy is forced into action. Then the Black and Yellow would have the QB who couldn’t even get a sniff of the starting job in Baltimore (Flacco’s rookie year) after the guy that all the Steeler fans think is the worst QB in the world took over for Troy in the preseason.

    Feels like karma to me .

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    Gotta feeling you will be wishing you had Troy after Sunday.

  41. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jan 20, 2012 5:22 PM

    1) Troy Smith won the Heisman with the second largest margin of votes in the history of the award.

    2) Both his teammates in Baltimore and in SanFran rallied behind him because he is a natural leader and did have a good locker room presence (less in SanFran, but when he got the starts the team supported him)

    3) He beat Joe Flacco for the starting job in Baltimore. I know, I was there for training camp and saw it. Unfortunately, a stomach virus and several weeks in the hospital doomed him.

    4) 6″ feet is too short? Someone better tell Drew Brees–I dont think he got the memo.

    5) Troy is a good QB, not great by NFL standards, but better than some of the other back-ups stinking up the place (Tyler Thigpin, anyone???). Give him a chance.

  42. raqaiw says: Jan 20, 2012 5:24 PM

    boothisman says: Jan 20, 2012 4:48 PM

    bunkmcnulty says: Jan 20, 2012 3:48 PM As a Ravens fan I just had the funniest realization.

    Wouldn’t be funny if Troy is forced into action. Then the Black and Yellow would have the QB who couldn’t even get a sniff of the starting job in Baltimore (Flacco’s rookie year) after the guy that all the Steeler fans think is the worst QB in the world took over for Troy in the preseason.

    Feels like karma to me .

    ————————————————————————————–
    Gotta feeling you will be wishing you had Troy after Sunday.
    _____________________________________________________________
    Why would the Ravens need a safety who can’t cover? There’s a reason Polamalu is home watching,and it has alot to do with the hairball allowing Tebow to throw for 316.

  43. uberniner says: Jan 20, 2012 5:30 PM

    The Colts should have signed him last year. Oh well, now they got LUCKy.

  44. sbs9101314304043 says: Jan 20, 2012 5:34 PM

    The dynasty is crumbling because they signed a 4th string quarterback!!!!!!

    Doesn’t mean he will get anywhere near the field.

    40 comments on this back page Local newspaper story.

    As I said before, The Steelers organization at its worst is better than 90% of the organizations in the league.

  45. t16rich says: Jan 20, 2012 5:37 PM

    kokoskmr says:Jan 20, 2012 4:09 PM

    6’0″ = “Too short”

    Drew Brees would tell you to kiss his ring and look in the record books.

  46. mmmpierogi says: Jan 20, 2012 5:47 PM

    bunkmcnulty says: Jan 20, 2012 3:48 PM

    As a Ravens fan I just had the funniest realization.

    Wouldn’t be funny if Troy is forced into action. Then the Black and Yellow would have the QB who couldn’t even get a sniff of the starting job in Baltimore (Flacco’s rookie year) after the guy that all the Steeler fans think is the worst QB in the world took over for Troy in the preseason.

    Feels like karma to me :) .

    **********************************************************

    Way to mischaracterize the events that led too Smith not getting a starting job in Baltimore.

    Also, Steeler fans don’t think Flacco is the worst QB in the world. Outside of Baltimore, I’m pretty sure he’s viewed as what he is — a slightly above average QB who is consistent, can execute well in certain situations, and benefits from the system within which he exists. That said, depending on how Dalton matures, Flacco could potentially be the third best starting QB in the AFC North in another year or two. If you like the thought of that, awesome. Some people might be too harsh on him, but that’s not unique to Steeler fans (I don’t even think you could disagree that Ravens fans themselves can be fairly hot-cold on the guy).

  47. ineptguy8 says: Jan 20, 2012 5:51 PM

    Gotta love the posts talking about him being a Ravens castoff and the Steelers having no future. Ben has plenty of years left and Troy Smith will be lucky if he isn’t on the practice squad. Obviously by signing a potential 3rd string QB the future is bleak.

  48. ineptguy8 says: Jan 20, 2012 5:53 PM

    @ raqaiw, he was talking about Troy Smith genius. Wow are you slow.

  49. lennylyles says: Jan 20, 2012 6:12 PM

    Troy was a cancer in the Ravens locker room and despised by his teammates. There is a reason he was out of the league this year. He is nothing but trouble. With pick-ups like this the Ravens will kick the Steelers ass twice again next year.

  50. discosucs2005 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:13 PM

    A good way to save money: don’t spend a lot on pricey back-up QBs. Troy Smith is someone who isn’t that good, but could win one or two games if necessary. If your QB is going to miss more than one or two games, you probably aren’t going to make the playoffs anyway. Just my opinion.

    Also, people should stop saying that the Steelers dynasty is “over.” I’m pretty sure someone says that every year, and yet somehow, they still compete, every year.

  51. jamfed619 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:19 PM

    JaMarcus Russel needs a job…

  52. antibenapalooza says: Jan 20, 2012 6:29 PM

    Anyone other than Pig Ben Rottenberger on the field is a relief to me.

  53. goldrush36 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:38 PM

    fittytuckin says: Jan 20, 2012 3:11 PM

    He has a pretty good record as a starter. I’d rather have him than Tebow, because he can actually throw
    __________________________________________
    You’re kidding right? Did you actually watch this kid. His record came by way of fluke wins over terrible teams. By fluke I mean a pass the whole world knew was intended for wide open uncovered Vernon Davis travels 15 yds too far and happens to fall in Crabtree’s arms in TRIPLE coverage. Troy’s response. “Yeah I seen them coming up on Vernon quick and I knew Crab would make the play. That was the intention the whole time, it just looked like it was intended for Vernon” Dude What? Same game featured a hail mary toss up about 100 ft high as he was being sacked that miraculously got between 3 defenders down near the goal line. This guy didn’t even deserve to be starting over the bad Alex Smith. Hell I hated Carr but he was given like 2 possessions worth of a chance in SF

  54. Deb says: Jan 20, 2012 6:43 PM

    I love Charlie Batch, but time catches up to every man. And the same may be said of Leftwich. When you’re Byron’s age and unable to play for two seasons due to injury, it might be time to hang it up. Dixon hasn’t been able to learn the playbook or pick up reading defenses. He’s not a viable backup. I hope Smith is the answer because I’d rather spend our draft picks on other areas.

  55. fmwarner says: Jan 20, 2012 8:50 PM

    I don’t understand why they’d keep Leftwich over Dennis Dixon. They need a mobile guy behind that line, and Leftwich makes Peyton Manning look like Baryshnikov.

  56. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 20, 2012 10:58 PM

    I’m sure these moves are gonna tip the balance of power in the AFC North now…

  57. 1historian says: Jan 21, 2012 7:17 AM

    Steelers haters:

    1 question – what is there about 6 Super Bowl victories that you don’t understand?

    1 Comment/request – You should really identify the team you’re a fan of when you make these comments.

    I am a Pats’ fan.

  58. sudz28 says: Jan 24, 2012 6:35 AM

    It makes sense to me that when you only have backup QB’s you don’t feel you can put in the game that it’s time to shuffle who you have on your roster. Insisting on playing Ben 3 out of the last 4 games of the regular season even though he was injured and playing like crap literally cost them the game.

  59. heath122576 says: Feb 9, 2012 3:20 AM

    I do not care what none of the negative say! Troy Smith will play in the NFL next season. He is going to gain exposure when Big Ben goes down….He should be the starter in Baltimore. He beat out Joe Flacco (Really Bad) in pre-season. That illness set him back something awful. He is good guy. His arm is incredible, and he is a proven leader. He did good in just about all the games he played in. Yeah, he fumbled a few times. So what….if you look, the games he fumbled, he tried to win the games at the last inute. San Fran of 2010 was NOT the 2011 team we saw. He had no blocking, and still won games. Give him a chance…with a good line and running game, he will be a starter one day. Hell, he may even take Ben’s spot. Nothing is guarantee in the NFL.

  60. heath122576 says: Feb 9, 2012 3:22 AM

    Yeap….I said it.

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