Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Steelers Sign QB Bruce Gradkowski; Cardinals Sign Mendenhall

Pittsburgh Native Bruce Gradkowski Signed By Steelers

Today the Steelers announced the signing of 30 year-old QB Bruce Gradkowski to a 3 year deal. It's been clear that Roethlisberger needed a primary backup. It appears that Gradkowski will fit into that roll. With his signing, Leftwich will most likely not be resigned.

Gradkowski played with the Bengals last season and appeared in five games. Prior to the Bengals, he played for Oakland, Cleveland and Tampa Bay. He brings a 6-14 record to the Steelers with a weak career completion record of 52.9. The upside? He's considered a tough player when called upon. He was drafted in the sixth round by Tampa Bay in 2006. He started 11 games that season as a rookie taking over for the injured Chris Simms. In 37 career games, Gradkowski completed 375 or 709 passes for 4,057 yards with 21 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

"To grow up as a kid {in Pittsburgh} and think one day I would be playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, it's a dream come true," said Gradkowski.

Mendenhall Signed With Cardinals

RB Rashard Mendenhall signed with the Arizona in a one-year deal. The 25 year old Mendenhall was the Steelers No. 1 draft pick in 2008. In a season marred by injuries, he ran for 182 yards on 51 carries.

Pitt. Post Gazette, SI, CNN Sports