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Pittsburgh Steelers Re-Sign Longtime Backup QB Charlie Batch

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Charlie Batch #16 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls signals during NFL action against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Chiefs defeated the Steelers 27-24.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIMarch 26, 2010

PITTSBURGH, PA. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed longtime back-up quarterback and hometown boy, Charlie Batch to a two-year deal according to the team website.

Financial terms of the deal have yet to be released.

Batch, 35, was drafted in the second round of the 1998 draft by the Detroit Lions.

Growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, his connections to Pittsburgh and current Steelers' Director of Football Operations, Kevin Colbert, are likely the reasons he was re-signed.

As a 13-year veteran in the league, Batch will continue to mentor the second-year quarterback out of Oregon, Dennis Dixon.

Dixon's type of play is very similar to Batch's early career. Both are considered hybrid-type quarterbacks who are well equipped to run bootleg passes and QB sweeps.

Batch's best years came early with the Detroit Lions.

After the retirement of Barry Sanders, Batch helped lead the Lions to an improbable Wildcard game, but was injured during the game. Gus Frerotte took over and the Lions lost to the Redskins 27-13.

In 2002, Batch was released by the Detroit Lions after sustaining a season-ending injury. The Pittsburgh Steelers picked up the quarterback on a one-year deal. He was popular with Steelers' fans because of the close proximity of where he grew up (Homestead, PA).

In his 13 seasons, Batch has recorded 10,050 yards on 819 completions and 57 touchdowns.

 

 

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