Steelers keep Batch as backup QB

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Steelers have agreed to terms with backup QB Charlie Batch after losing Byron Leftwich to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week.

According to the newspaper, Batch agreed to a one-year, $875,000 contract with his hometown team.

Batch has been a backup in Pittsburgh since 2002, and he started four games from 2005 to 2007. But during the 2008 preseason, Batch suffered a season-ending collarbone injury that forced the Steelers to add Leftwich as a replacement.

Batch, a 10-year NFL veteran, and Dennis Dixon, who was a rookie in 2008, will back up starting QB Ben Roethlisberger next season.

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