The Pittsburgh Steelers announced this morning that veteran QB Charlie Batch has signed a two-year deal to remain with the team.
Batch will receive a salary of $895,000 in 2010.
Batch, a 13-year NFL veteran from Homestead, Pa., will enter his ninth season with the Steelers since signing with his hometown team as an unrestricted free agent in 2002. He spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Detroit Lions after being selected by Detroit in the second round (60th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Eastern Michigan.
Batch has started 50 games in his NFL career, including four with the Steelers. He has completed 819 of 1,461 passes for 10,050 yards (56.1 percent), 57 touchdowns, 44 interceptions and a 77.5 passer rating. Batch has thrown 135 passes and completed 76 for 1,034 yards (56.4 percent), eight touchdowns, four interceptions and an 88.3 passer rating during his Steelers career.
The Steelers currently have three quarterbacks on their roster now with Ben Roethlisberger, Dennis Dixon, and Charlie Batch.
If Ben Roethlisberger were to miss time due to his looming legal troubles, the Steelers intend to with Dennis Dixon or Batch as their starter.
The Steelers expressed interest in Byron Leftwich but had little interest in trading for him due to his $2 million a year salary.
The Steelers have only carried three quarterbacks on their roster but have not ruled out selecting a quarterback in the late rounds.