The Steelers wasted no time extending their Ben Roethlisberger insurance policy.
Byron Leftwich’s contract was extended through 2011 Wednesday, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Leftwich’s old deal originally ended in 2010.
This move is yet another sign the Steelers are preparing for life without Roethlisberger. (We’re not saying he will be traded, but the Steelers are covering their bases.) Leftwich is clearly comfortable in Pittsburgh, and knows that starting jobs aren’t awaiting him elsewhere.
Leftwich is expected to compete with Dennis Dixon to start during Roethlisberger’s suspension.