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Steelers re-sign backup QB Gradkowski to 1-year deal |

Steelers re-sign backup QB Gradkowski to 1-year deal

Christopher Horner | Trib Total Media
Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski throws a pass under pressure from the Packers' Mike Pennel during the second quarter Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at Heinz Field.

The Steelers didn’t address their backup quarterback need in the draft, but that has led to the team bringing back a familiar face.

The Steelers will re-sign free agent quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, an industry source confirmed to the Tribune-Review.

The Steelers made it official on Monday morning when they announced a one-year deal for Gradkowski.

Gradkowski, a Seton-La Salle graduate and Green Tree native, played three years (2013-15) for the Steelers but managed only seven snaps (no pass attempts) before injuring his hand in the preseason last year. The injury required surgery and landed him on injured reserve.

While on IR, Gradkowski, 33, underwent shoulder surgery that complicated matters if the Steelers planned to sign the free agent.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said last week Gradkowski worked out for the team recently and his throwing was “satisfactory.”

Colbert said the Steelers wouldn’t make a decision on their backup quarterback until after the draft.

Gradkowski has played only 37 games in his 10 years. He hasn’t started since 2010 while with the Raiders.

Gradkowski will compete with Landry Jones for the backup spot behind Ben Roethlisberger, who missed parts of eight games last season. Jones is in the final year of his rookie deal.

Mark Kaboly is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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