Byron Leftwich was born and raised in Washington D.C. Now he might have a career there as an NFL quarterback.
Leftwich visited the Washington Redskins on Friday, and the two sides are discussing a contract, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which noted the QB’s status with the Steelers:
- Leftwich does not yet have an offer from the Steelers, where he was the backup quarterback last season after an injury to Charlie Batch in the preseason.
- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert, their director of football operations, have each said they’d like to re-sign both Leftwich and Batch. Both are unrestricted free agents.
Leftwich has said that he’d prefer to be a starter, as he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2006, but according to The Washington Post, the Redskins told him that wouldn’t happen with them. Despite the Redskins’ recent attempt to trade him, Jason Campbell is the team’s starting QB.
However, Leftwich could be a cheaper, younger replacement for No. 2 QB Todd Collins, The Post notes:
- If he (Leftwich) did sign here for the veteran minimum, it would allow (Redskins owner Dan) Snyder to save over a million dollars this season, with Collins due a $1.9 salary and a $100,000 workout bonus as well. He is due to make $3 million in 2010 and received a $3 million signing bonus in 2007. Releasing Collins would result in a nominal cap hit, but would save actual dollars.
Collins, 37, didn’t play in a game last season, but he did start in three games for Washington in 2007 and threw for 888 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.
Leftwich, 29, played in five games for the Super Bowl champion Steelers last season and finished 21-of-36 passing for 303 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.