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Steelers sign new backup for Roethlisberger

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03:21 PM ET 03.13 | The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to a three-year deal with quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. The 30-year-old comes over from the Cincinnati Bengals, where he was Andy Dalton's understudy. Gradkowski becomes the back up for Ben Roethlisberger, who has been somewhat injury-prone over the past couple of seasons. Big Ben only played 13 games last year and hasn't started all 16 games since the 2008 season.

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March 13, 2013  03:31 PM ET

As a back up Gradkowski is ok, but Steelers should find a QB in the draft easily to develop.

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March 13, 2013  03:45 PM ET
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Big Ben has a few years left. They can get a player to develop in another year or 2.

They should honestly do both, keep a guy who can step in when Ben gets hurt, and start the grooming process at the same time. They could still end up doing this via the draft.

March 13, 2013  03:47 PM ET

Gradkowski and the Raiders cost the Steelers a playoff spot a couple years back. Looks like Mr. Rooney remembered that performance.
Plus, he played his H.S. football in the Burgh. The Steelers have always liked the local players.

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March 13, 2013  03:57 PM ET
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I thought they had a youngster there.

Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch.... anything but young

March 13, 2013  05:07 PM ET

He should be a nice addition, but I agree with Tuck, look for the future in the draft.

March 13, 2013  05:34 PM ET
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Big Ben has a few years left. They can get a player to develop in another year or 2.

Ben is one more hard hit away from being out for the season (I know all players are but you know what I mean). His injury history should lead the Steelers to groom a young guy NOW, you just never know how his body will/wont heal

March 13, 2013  05:56 PM ET
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I thought they had a youngster there.

I think Dixon is gone. They should be looking to get someone in. Grad. can come in and play decently if needed, but he's not a long term solution.

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March 13, 2013  10:25 PM ET
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Ben is one hard hit from having his IQ dropping 50%..........................all the way down to 40.

LOL,Rex, I get the impression you don't like Ben

March 14, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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Ben is one hard hit from having his IQ dropping 50%..........................all the way down to 40.

Rofl

 
March 14, 2013  02:12 PM ET
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Gradkowski > Roethlisberger.You'll see ;)

I very much doubt it but Ok.

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