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Leftwich Joins Steelers; Punter Berger Also Added to Roster

The Steelers needed an insurance policy at QB with the injury to Charlie Batch, and the team moved quickly on Sunday, signing former Jaguars first-round pick and former Falcons QB Byron Leftwich.  The deal was made with Leftwich knowing he’s a backup only, and that he’s not a for sure for a roster spot when cut down day comes at the end of the month.  The team needed a veteran witht the injury to Batch as he broke his collarbone on Friday night in the teams 16-10 win over the Eagles.

The team also spoke to Daunte Culpepper, who for whatever reason is completely out of his mind.  The Steelers are reportedly the second team to give Culpepper a chance to sign, and he turned them down because he does not want to be a backup.  The Packers had offered him a one-year deal at $1 mil, but he turned that down because he wants a chance to start.

The Steelers also signed punter Mitch Berger, a 15-year vet who is now with his 10th team.  He has also been with teams like Philadelphia, Minnesota, St. Louis, New Orleans and Arizona.  He was signed to compete with Paul Ernster, who was signed to take the spot of punter Dan Sepulveda, who will miss the season with a knee injury.  “I never thought I’d ever say I’m excited to be in a training camp,” Berger said. “I never, ever thought I’d say that. But it’s good to be back around, be with a team, be with the guys and get a chance to work on stuff every day.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. mark

    August 11, 2008 at 11:25 am

    The signing of Leftwich is a no brainer. I said that in a previous post.Many people think that Leftwich will not be there in September, but I think he will be.I would think that Potts is out after training camp, but what happens to Dixon when Batch comes back in October or so? Is that when you cut Leftwich? Do not be surprised if Leftwich is with this team all season. As far as signing Mitch Berger, its another good move. I just wonder why when I watch college games there are punters that just crush the ball and we had to sign Berger for competition with Ernster? Is that really the best we could do?

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