Free agent quarterback Michael Vick has signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers management announced the news of signing on Tuesday.
Bruce Gradkowski’s finger injury last week led the Steelers to hit the market in search of a back-up for Ben Roethlisberger. Vick met the Steelers on Tuesday morning in Pittsburgh to finalize the deal, sources confirmed.
Gradkowski’s injury left the Steelers’ roster with only one full-time quarterback, Landry Jones. The Steelers’ think-tank rushed to sign 35-year-old Vick.
“There’s not a throw on the field he can’t make from an arm strength standpoint,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “He’s a very experienced guy at what he does at this point in his career and the mobility is still unique even at 35.”
Vick spent last season with New York Jets behind Geno Smith. He appeared in 10 games including three starts for the Jets.
Vick was instrumental in upsetting the Steelers on November 9, throwing for 2 touchdowns in a 20-13 victory, his only success in an average season. The Jets didn’t show any interest to retain him.
Vick’s career came to a halt when he had to spend nearly 2 years in prison for financing a dog-fighting ring. He made his resurrection featuring for Philadelphia.
Vick won the Pro Bowl in 2010 after throwing for 3,018 yards and 21 touchdowns playing for the Eagles.
“This is a locker room. It’s about football. That’s what matters to me most.” Roethlisberger supported his team’s move to sign a back-up for him.
Gradkowski dislocated his left-hand finger during a preseason match against the Green Bays Packers. He is supposed to undergo a surgery on Tuesday that rules him out for three to four weeks.