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Eleven days in free agency and there continues to be minimal interest in Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich. The Bears and Buccaneers were showing interest prior to free agency but the Bucs went in another direction and a source who spoke to Bears GM Jerry Angelo tells me the Bears have no interest in adding a veteran quarterback at this time.
The agent for Bryon Leftwich has been trying to gauge some interest from the Washington Redskins. Leftwich, 29, has a strong desire to play in his home-town and believes he can beat out quarterback Jason Campbell. The problem for Leftwich is the Redskins are very reluctant to add a quarterback who could push Campbell out of the starting lineup. They remain committed to Campbell
As for the Steelers, if they have the chance to choose between Leftwich and Batch, Leftwich will be their choice. Leftwich has indicated he would return to Pittsburgh, instead of going somewhere like Tennessee where he also wouldn’t have the chance to compete for a staring job. If Leftwich fails to land a job, one scenario being discussed is bringing Batch and Leftwich into camp. The Steelers would explore trade options for Leftwich if a market opens up and if one doesn’t they will keep Leftwich and release Batch
Even if the Steelers had enough salary cap room and wanted to pursue a receiver like Marvin Harrison or Torry Holt, the Steelers wouldn’t do it because they don’t want to offend Hines Ward or make him feel threaten that he could lose his spot on the depth chart.
If the NFL had the same kind of injured reserve policy that the NHL has, Rashard Mendenhall would have been available to play in the playoffs. I’m told he has been 100% healthy for almost two months now.
The Steelers pursuit of upgrading their special teams continues. The team has held discussions

with Titans CB/kick returner Chris Carr, and Justin Miller. Carr has been the Steelers top target but he’s currently exploring the opportunity to start somewhere. He hasn’t ruled out the Steelers or returning to Tennessee.
As for the pursuit of a cornerback, talks continue with Leigh Bodden. Another name I heard today was CB Karl Paymah, a 2005 third-round pick of the Broncos.
I have not heard much about Cardinals cornerback Eric Green being linked to the Steelers yet.
Joey Galloway visited the Steelers today. He has a connection with Mike Tomlin and don’t be surprised if a deal gets done. Galloway is the type of receiver the Steelers are looking at. Team has also internally discussed pursuing Ronald Curry.

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