NFL Rumors: Will the Pittsburgh Steelers Sign a Quarterback to Back Up Charlie Batch?

By Christopher Gamble
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

There might be some NFL rumors coming from the Pittsburgh Steelers in the coming days as they are down to one healthy quarterback, Charlie Batch, on the roster.  Ben Roethlisberger is out for at least a couple more weeks and now his replacement, Byron Leftwich, is out with two broken ribs.

That leaves Batch, 37, as the only healthy quarterback on the roster.  Batch played in 4 games last year, attempting 24 passes and completing 15 but hasn’t taken a snap since Christmas Eve last season with the exception of the preseason.  However, if something happens to Batch the Steelers could be scrambling.

There are a couple of quarterbacks out there that have experience with offensive coordinator Todd Haley in Brodie Croyle and Tyler Palko.  However, a more realistic option might be David Garrard.

Garrard hasn’t played a regular season game since 2010 and has dealt with health issues since then.  He was with the Miami Dolphins until his release on September 4th.  Garrard is the best option to have in case of emergency at this point.  The other options are far less attractive and feature names like Donovan McNabb, A.J. Feeley, Seneca Wallace, Jake Delhomme, and Kevin O’Connell.

The Steelers are between a rock and a hard place and Garrard might represent the best option to backup Batch in case of emergency, assuming he is healthy of course.  Another option would be Wallace who would be a very nice arm to have in case of emergency.  Wallace played 6 games last season with the Cleveland Browns, completing 51.4 percent of his passes on 107 attempts with 2 TDs and 2 INTs.  Wallace doesn’t have the injury history that Garrard does which could be a deciding factor in whom the Steelers select.

Whatever happens, the Steelers will need to add an arm to be there in case something happens to Batch and given what has happened to Steelers quarterbacks in the last couple of weeks it might be prudent to do so as quickly as possible.


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