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With suspension official; Leftwich gets an extension

Now that we know how long the Steelers will be without their franchise QB in 2010 (that is unless they simply trade him), the Steelers moved to make sure Byron Leftwich would be around past this year, as they have extended his deal to the end of the 2011 season.

The Steelers got Leftwich from the Bucs yesterday for the low, low price of a 7th round draft pick. Leftwich had one year left on the contract he signed last year with the Buccaneers. Last offseason the Steelers wanted Leftwich back, but he instead took a deal with the Bucs, where he had some chances to start in the 2009 season.

Leftwich got to town this morning, and took his physical and inked his deal. Leftwich, Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon will be in the mix to replace Ben Roethlisberger as the QB sits out up to the first six games of the season.

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.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. mark

    April 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Earlier today I posted that I was starting to feel comfortable with the thought that Ben will be a Steeler this year and in the future. With the extending of Leftwich, I have once again, changed my mind. If it is true that the team is shopping Ben,then a deal will get done because the team (Steelers) wants it to get done. I think the Raiders are the prime candidate and the Chiefs could be in the mix as well. I really cant believe I am saying these things! This is the first step in the official “weakening of the team”. I guess I will not blame the Steelers for making a trade, but I dont miss the 1980’s and would never want to relieve that again.

  2. DrGeorge

    April 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Ain’t it strange how things work out? Byron always wanted to be a starter. Looks like he may get his chance after all, at least for a few games and possibly more. But if the O-line doesn’t improve it could be a mixed blessing for a QB as immobile as Byron. Or to paraphrase Oscar Wilde: There is nothing in this world so tragic as not getting what you want, except, sometimes, getting it.

  3. mrniceguy

    April 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    i feel 6 games is two many 4 is ok cause week 5 is the by week which gives us a chance to still be play off contender this the road to 7 rings and if Ben sits for six games then thats a big bump in our road to 7 rings we should support Ben and say to the commish 4 is good 6 bad we need Ben back after the bye week they already cleared him it was some money hunger girl that wanted a piece of the money we know so lets back BEN and say 4 is enough he dont need to sit 6 lets go get #7

  4. Adam

    April 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    ok all I have to say is our defense blew big time last year. have we also forgot why we lost a lto of our games with punt/kickoff returns. i have to also point out that our play in the red zone or red area as Tomlin would say suckec. that being said if I recall without looking our biggest loss was six points. We dont need to get rid of Ben its four games(barring he doesnt get full six) if we are 2-2 and we are still in this especially if we beat Ravens. I personally would like to see Dixon play as I believe we will be running frequently first four games and he could take some direct snaps.

  5. jay

    April 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Mr. Nice Guy,
    What the hell are you talking about?!?

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