The Pittsburgh Steelers have added a long-term backup, agreeing to a three year deal with Pittsburgh native Bruce Gradkowski. Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported the deal.
In 36 career games, the seven year veteran has a 52% completion percentage (375 of 709), throwing for 4,057 yards with 21 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.
Gradkowski is being brought in as a the new Charlie Batch in a guy who will be comfortable backing up Ben Roethlisberger for the next several seasons. Gradkowski has played the last two seasons in Cincinnati.
On December 6, 2012, Gradkowski had what might have been his finest moment of his career, leading the Oakland Raiders to stunning 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in what was a devastating loss to the Steelers playoff hopes that season. Gradkowski threw for 308 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win.