Gradkowski agrees to three-year deal with Steelers

AP

The Steelers were scrambling for quarterbacks last year when Ben Roethlsiberger was injured, but have made a move to lend some stability to the position Wednesday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Steelers signed Bruce Gradkowski to a three-year deal Wednesday morning.

The local product, who played for the Bengals last season, set up a quick visit. The Steelers needed to get younger there, with elders Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich both unrestricted free agents.

The 30-year-old Gradkowski lends a bit of stability there, rather than the Band-aid and hope plan they had before.

39 responses to “Gradkowski agrees to three-year deal with Steelers

  1. Ah crap the first move of the Steelers’ offseason that I really think sucks. I’d rather have leftwich and batch back. At least it’ll be one of those contracts that can be dumped easily. Ugh. Whyyyyyyy?!

  2. Good signing. Two years ago, he led the Raiders to beat the Steelers at home. Also, he’s a local product.

  3. Glad to see a backup that doesn’t quality for medicare.

    Equally happy to see a local product – hopefully this means he’s going to be happy to stay around, and won’t get Delusions of Richness(TM).

  4. eatitfanboy says: Mar 13, 2013 11:10 AM

    Awesome that signing a 30 year old player helps you “get younger” at a position.

    That is so funny I just had to post it again. What does that say about this team?

  5. I loved Bruce “Almighty” Gradkowski with the Raiders. He was awesome. Got derailed with injuries a couple of times and then they let him go just so Jason Campbell wouldn’t be looking over his shoulder the whole time in 2011. Grads is better than Jason Campbell.

    Not the biggest guy or the biggest arm, but he can make things happen out there. Fairly similar to a Jeff Garcia, IMO.

  6. I am happy to see they actually addressed this posistion. This shows that they will now draft a QB in the top 4 rounds. They covet Nassib, but won’t go that high to get him. Any way nothing wrong with bringing in a player and hurting a division rival. Now take Malaluga from them.

  7. Good signing. The Steelers had a real shot at the playoffs last season that was derailed by the awful Leftwich game where he injured himself tripping into the end zone.

  8. I got to know Bruce and his wife a bit while they were in Cincinnati. They are both 100% classy and just great people. Bruce loves football as much as any of us fans and the Steelers will be thrilled to have him.

  9. They should try to pick up Stanton as the 2nd QB behind Dalton. He’s still under 30 and was good back up behind Stafford.

  10. Hey ravenator, how are your Ratbirds doing so far? Lewis, kreuger, Ellerby, Boldin, Pollard are all already gone and Ed Reed has one foot out the door.

    BUT, dont worry, you kept Joe Flacco with the largest contract EVER in the NFL. Amazing, you are paying your QB more than Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Brees and Big Ben are making.

    Yep, that Ozzie must REALLY know what he is doing!

  11. He is a good veteran who has the ability to win a few games if you need him. Probably the most similar in style to Ben, so a good fit.

    Liked him while he was here in Cincinnati. Good luck.

  12. Just a Fan says:
    Mar 13, 2013 12:11 PM
    I am happy to see they actually addressed this posistion. This shows that they will now draft a QB in the top 4 rounds. They covet Nassib, but won’t go that high to get him. Any way nothing wrong with bringing in a player and hurting a division rival. Now take Malaluga from them.

    ————–
    Please take Maualuga from the Bengals. Please.

  13. There’s probably 25-30 better backups in the league.

    Steelers just wanted his knowledge of our playbook.

  14. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports | Mar 13, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT
    There’s probably 25-30 better backups in the league.

    Steelers just wanted his knowledge of our playbook.

    You had a play book ? I didn’t know that…pretty cool.

  15. Too bad the Steelers didn’t wait on Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has way more upside as a backup than Gradkowski.
    If Gradkowski’s only claim to fame is having been on the winning side with a bad team against the Steelers, that is one long list under Tomlin. Not impressed.

  16. Love this move!! Seems like every time he gets in the game, he does solid…not the most spectacular of skills (thats why hes not a starter), but more than equipped to be a backup.

  17. Finally, we’ve made the long overdue effort to address our backup QB needs. At least we’re acknowledging that Roethlisberger can be injured and shouldn’t be allowed to throw a game in a personal quest to play Superman. Gradkowski is a serviceable backup who’s not likely to break on first use like Leftwich and who won’t cost a fortune. With our cap issues, that’s probably the best we can hope for right now.

  18. Quit it..y’all acting like he’s the future..Who else was out there!? Anybody we picks up Fokes woulda had a issue. My gripe is they Let Hoyer and Johnson go instead of Byron “Always Hurt” Leftwich last year. I’m the 1st to admit our personnel choices have been real shady lately ( Waits for the its Tomlin fault comments)

  19. Bruce Gradkowski is going to be a great addition to the Steelers. He got some bad breaks due to injury; a solid backup, he could be starter on many teams. Bengals WILL miss him and the Steelers got a steal!!!

  20. Whew good! As a Bengals fan I was afraid we were going to resign him.
    Gonna have to change all of our calls now though.
    Pit got him because that was the only guy they could afford under their cap…period.

  21. Deb:
    Do you actually believe a new face will change Tomlin’s incredibly inept decision-making about whether Roethlisberger should either sit or play?
    Tomlin allowed an injured Leftwich to play an entire winnable game this past season while a healthy Batch watched from the sidelines.
    The Steelers, by the way, have been served well the past three seasons by their backup quarterbacks, owning a 6-3 record without Superman.

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