Steelers sign Michael Vick to be their backup QB

August 25, 2015

The Steelers signed veteran quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year contract, the team announced today. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. He is expected to the team's backup QB behind Ben Roethlisberger.

Vick was the first overall selection by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft and remained with the Falcons through 2006. After spending a few years away from the game due to an infamous dog fighting scandal that led to his imprisonment, he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 and spent five years with the Eagles before joining the New York Jets in 2014.

In 12 NFL seasons, Vick has appeared in 138 games (112 starts) and completed 1,767-of-3,151 passes for 22,093 yards with 131 touchdowns and added 6,010 rushing yards and 36 rushing touchdowns on 853 rushing attempts. Vick, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, also earned NFL Comeback Player of the Year accolades in 2010.

The Steelers were motivated to seek Vick's services after expected backup QB Bruce Gradkowski, already dealing with a few health issues, dislocated his finger in the preseason. To make room for Vick on the roster, the Steelers placed quarterback Gradkowski on the team’s Reserve/Injured List.

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