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Gradkowski agrees to three-year deal with Steelers

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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.

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39 Responses to “Gradkowski agrees to three-year deal with Steelers”
  1. clashpoint says: Mar 13, 2013 11:07 AM

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

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

  3. donterrelli says: Mar 13, 2013 11:11 AM

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

  4. flmike says: Mar 13, 2013 11:13 AM

    Yeah, this was the last QB, that world renown QB Guru Jon Gruden drafted.

  5. mitchitized says: Mar 13, 2013 11:18 AM

    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).

  6. ac540 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:39 AM

    He’ll start at least 3 games next year.

  7. mrp2003 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:41 AM

    about time we get a back up who is an AARP memeber. Have to wonder if being a local had anything to do with the desicion

  8. ravenator says: Mar 13, 2013 11:43 AM

    What a splash! All praise Colbert!

  9. tedmurph says: Mar 13, 2013 11:48 AM

    He certainly has that steeler Neanderthal look going for him.

  10. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 13, 2013 11:53 AM

    Gradkowski’s been with the Bengals the last TWO years.

  11. lovefootball4life says: Mar 13, 2013 12:01 PM

    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?

  12. bonniebengal says: Mar 13, 2013 12:01 PM

    They probably just want to get what info he knows about the Bengals offense.

  13. joshhatesthesteelers says: Mar 13, 2013 12:02 PM

    As a Bengals fan this is awesome news

  14. robertw2010 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:06 PM

    Hey Bruce,

    I got you a ride to the Airport…..

    Signed,
    All the Fans in Cincinnati

  15. autumnwind999 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:06 PM

    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.

  16. Cereal says: Mar 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    I would rather have his brother Gino

  17. 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.

  18. johnnytubetop says: Mar 13, 2013 12:14 PM

    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.

  19. Burritto says: Mar 13, 2013 12:29 PM

    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.

  20. bengalsfanatl says: Mar 13, 2013 12:30 PM

    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.

  21. nickster31 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:36 PM

    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!

  22. whitdog23 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:48 PM

    why is it important that he’s a ‘local guy’? there’s a wait list for season tix. steelers fans are idiots

  23. shaunypoo says: Mar 13, 2013 12:51 PM

    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.

  24. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:51 PM

    Good pickup.. he’s a good backup qb

  25. ytownjoe says: Mar 13, 2013 12:58 PM

    A couple of years ago this guy beat the Steelers while playing for the Raiders.

  26. oldschoolomen says: Mar 13, 2013 1:09 PM

    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.

  27. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Mar 13, 2013 1:10 PM

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

    Steelers just wanted his knowledge of our playbook.

  28. sportsfrenzy says: Mar 13, 2013 1:19 PM

    Solid back up . Keep on hating idiots

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 13, 2013 1:42 PM

    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.

  30. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:44 PM

    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.

  31. Stiller43 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:48 PM

    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.

  32. Deb says: Mar 13, 2013 1:54 PM

    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.

  33. blackngold4life says: Mar 13, 2013 2:10 PM

    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)

  34. blackngold4life says: Mar 13, 2013 2:15 PM

    LOL @ Fitzpatrick that dudes a turnover machine!

  35. robyesno says: Mar 13, 2013 3:04 PM

    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!!!

  36. banjaxedbengal says: Mar 13, 2013 4:06 PM

    I can carry clipboards well – pay me a million dollars!

  37. samoanjungle says: Mar 13, 2013 4:17 PM

    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.

  38. nflcinbengals says: Mar 13, 2013 6:17 PM

    Not that the Steelers need help, but there goes our playbook!!!

  39. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:25 PM

    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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