The Pittsburgh Steelers needed to make sure that they added some depth at the quarterback position this off-season, especially considering how injury-prone Ben Roethlisberger has been throughout his career.
Well, with no more Charlie Batch in the fold, the Steelers are looking to find some balance behind Roethlisberger with John Parker Wilson and Bruce Gradkowski, who will each have their equal opportunities to make the Steelers’ roster this season. However, rookie quarterback Landry Jones probably has the best opportunity to back-up Roethlisberger this season and moving forward.
Pittsburgh drafted Jones in the fourth round of the NFL Draft this past April, and on Thursday afternoon the two sides reportedly agreed to a rookie contract. ESPN‘s Adam Schefter first tweeted the news of the agreement:
Steelers have signed fourth-round pick, quarterback Landry Jones, to a four-year contract.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 13, 2013
The 24-year old was picked with the 115th overall pick and he is a quarterback who certainly has the tools to learn behind Roethlisberger. The game plan down the line for Jones remains unclear, but the Steelers could very well have themselves a reliable quarterback, but more importantly, some reliable depth, in the years to come. That has becomes something that Pittsburgh has been used to having with Batch.
The terms of Jones’ deal with the Steelers were not made available via Schefter, but the contract will be for four years total.
Jones stands at 6-foot-4 and Pittsburgh fans will likely get their first, live look at Jones in the team’s opening preseason contest against the Washington Redskins on Aug. 19.
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