Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Bruce Gradkowski In, OG Willie Colon Out

March 13, 2013
1 minute read
QB Bruce Gradkowski In, OG Willie Colon Out

Steelers sign QB Bruce Gradkowski to contract

Bruce Gradkowski is coming home. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the free agent quarterback have agreed to a three-year deal that will likely make Gradkowski the primary backup behind starter Ben Roethlisberger. Gradkowski’s agent Rick Smith confirmed the deal through his twitter account Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Gradkowski is 6-14 in his career as a starter with Oakland, Cleveland and Tampa Bay. He spent the 2011-12 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, appearing in five games. The arrival of Gradkowski, a Pittsburgh native, means the Steelers will almost certainly not attempt to re-sign longtime backup quarterback Byron Leftwich. Pittsburgh also released oft-injured offensive lineman Willie Colon. The 29-year-old played in just 13 of a possible 48 games the last three years due to a variety of injuries.

SteelersSteelers release Willie Colon

After cutting James Harrison, the climate wasn’t good for overpriced veterans in Pittsburgh.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers have released offensive lineman Willie Colon.

This one has been coming for a while, and was no surprise. Colon was scheduled to make $5.5 million, and when the Steelers didn’t approach him about a restructure, it was clear they were ready to move on with younger linemen.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.