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Charlie Batch expects to re-sign with Pittsburgh

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02:07 PM ET 02.28 | Veteran quarterback Charlie Batch told WXDX in Pittsburgh on Wednesday that he expects to re-sign with the Steelers this offseason, according to sportsradiointerviews.com. The 38-year-old Batch has served as Pittsburgh's backup since 2002. He threw 70 passes this past year, his highest total since spending 2001 as a starter for Detroit. Batch to WXDX that he spoke with the team at the end of the season, and received no indication that the Steelers didn't want him back for 2013. In two 2012 starts, Batch completed 64 percent of his passes for 475 yards, a touchdown, and four interceptions. He struggled in a loss against the Bengals before leading Pittsburgh to win over the Ravens. During his 10-year tenure with the Steelers, Batch has appeared in a total of 32 games. Prior to that, he logged 48 appearances in four seasons with the Lions. He has become a fan favorite in Pittsburgh, as he has been with the two through two Super Bowl victories and never really plays enough to warrant much ire.

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February 28, 2013  02:35 PM ET

wow this story 2x....lucky us

February 28, 2013  02:56 PM ET

Good guy on and off the field!

February 28, 2013  03:05 PM ET

Well thank god that's settled!

February 28, 2013  03:39 PM ET

Charlie Batch aka Johnny Clipboard

February 28, 2013  03:55 PM ET

He is a good guy, but the QB situation is a joke. Batch cannot shoulder the load if Ben goes out.

February 28, 2013  05:44 PM ET

The last time I saw Batch play for the Steelers I swear I saw a life support system strapped on his torso.

February 28, 2013  06:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Good guy on and off the field!

He should be the starting QB.

February 28, 2013  06:44 PM ET

Charlie has done a great job for a long time but........Sorry Charlie

February 28, 2013  07:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The last time I saw Batch play for the Steelers I swear I saw a life support system strapped on his torso.

That's funny because the last time I seen him play, he led a game winning drive against the eventual Super Bowl champions. In Baltimore.

February 28, 2013  09:02 PM ET

They need to find a younger, capable QB who might actually be the guy to follow Big Ben. Unless they just want to trade for a re-tread or draft somebody and throw him out there cold. A little forward thinking wouldn't hurt.

March 1, 2013  05:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They need to find a younger, capable QB who might actually be the guy to follow Big Ben. Unless they just want to trade for a re-tread or draft somebody and throw him out there cold. A little forward thinking wouldn't hurt.

See #10!

Charlie > Flacco!!!

March 1, 2013  05:58 AM ET

I wonder if Charlie Batch is going to re-sign with the Steelers?

March 1, 2013  08:33 AM ET
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That's funny because the last time I seen him play, he led a game winning drive against the eventual Super Bowl champions. In Baltimore.

Yeah, but can you count on him to do that again this year, if asked? I think most fans, even Steelers fans, would say no.

The Steelers are the first team with a QB Emeritus position.

March 1, 2013  10:04 AM ET

He could be a QB Coach or Consoltant this year or a player/coach. I wonder if player/coaches salaries count against the cap???

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March 1, 2013  04:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They need to find a younger, capable QB who might actually be the guy to follow Big Ben. Unless they just want to trade for a re-tread or draft somebody and throw him out there cold. A little forward thinking wouldn't hurt.

Agreed. Time for Charlie to become a QB coach to help develope Big Ben's replacement. He could always be signed as a free agent if they become desparate.

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