Bruce Gradkowski QB PIT 4 weeks ago

Gradkowski is re-signing with the Steelers to compete against Landry Jones for the backup job, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gradkowski and Jones went through the same thing last year, but the competition ended early when the former needed surgery on his non-throwing hand at the end of the preseason. Jones and Mike Vick both ended up making starts during Ben Roethlisberger's four-game absence, with Jones at least managing to hold his own. It thus seems Gradkowski will enter the competition as an underdog, though he should be back to full health.

Bruce Gradkowski QB PIT 5 months ago

Gradkowski, who is an unrestricted free agent, dislocated a finger on his non-throwing hand during a pre-season game that required season-ending.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gradkowski has played for five different teams in his career, and the signing of Michael Vick, as well as the emergence of Landry Jones as a viable back-up to the oft-injured Ben Roethlisberger, suggests Gradkowski could be backing-up a quarterback for a sixth NFL team in 2016.

Bruce Gradkowski QB PIT 1 year ago

Gradkowski completed two-of-three passes for 22 yards in Pittsburgh's 30-17 Wild Card loss to Baltimore on Saturday.

Gradkowski, who had not attempted a pass since 2012, entered the game on a third-and-21 with just under five minutes remaining while Ben Roethlisberger was being examined on the sidelines for a possible concussion. Gradkowski completed his first two passes to pick-up the first down, moving the Steelers to the Ravens' 14-yard line. After an incomplete pass, he was replaced by Roethlisberger, who threw an interception on the next play, ending Pittsburgh's playoff hopes.

Bruce Gradkowski QB PIT 3 years ago

Steelers signed QB Bruce Gradkowski to a three-year contract.

It was beyond time for the Steelers to upgrade their backup situation. Ben Roethlisberger has missed eight games over the last three seasons and Charlie Batch/Byron Leftwich proved mostly inept. Gradkowski, 30, brings 20 NFL starts and seven years of experience as a backup to the table.

Bruce Gradkowski QB PIT 3 years ago

Free agent QB Bruce Gradkowski will visit the Steelers.

The Steelers need to move on from the gray-bearded free agent Charlie Batch, and Byron Leftwich isn't coming back. Gradkowski is a solid veteran who last started a game in 2010 with the Raiders. He just turned 30 years old in January, and he sports a career 65.8 QB rating.

Bruce Gradkowski QB PIT 3 years ago

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the "odds look good" free agent Bruce Gradkowski returns as Andy Dalton's backup in 2013.

Gradkowski has attempted just 29 passes over the past two seasons, but is still only 30 years old. The owner of a career 65.8 QB rating, Gradkowski will be back if the Bengals will have him. Teams usually opt for continuity with their No. 2 spot.

Bruce Gradkowski QB PIT 3 years ago

In relief of Andy Dalton, Bruce Gradkowski completed 5-of-11 passes for 65 yards in Sunday's Week 17, 23-17 win over the Ravens.

Dalton played the entire first half before Gradkowski entered to open up the third quarter. With the game tied at 7-7 at halftime, Gradkowski will get credit for the win. Cincinnati had nothing to gain in Week 17, but head coach Marvin Lewis didn't want to just sit his guys and have them cold for the playoffs. Gradkowski will return to his backup duties when the No. 6 seed Bengals open the playoffs on the road next weekend.

Bruce Gradkowski QB PIT 5 years ago

After replacing a dinged-up Andy Dalton at halftime, Bruce Gradkowski completed 5-of-12 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals upset the Browns in Week 1.

Dalton missed the second half with a right wrist injury. He'll return to the starting lineup at Denver next week. Gradkowski was mostly ineffective, but at least capitalized on a slow-moving Browns defense by executing a 41-yard touchdown throw to A.J. Green after a quick snap with the Cleveland team still in its huddle. Gradkowski managed just 51 yards on his other 11 attempts. Dalton's job is safe as the Bengals' starter.

Bruce Gradkowski QB PIT 5 years ago

Bengals agreed to terms with QB Bruce Gradkowski on a two-year contract.

This one has been in the cards for months. Gradkowski knows new coordinator Jay Gruden's offense, which takes on added importance after the lockout wiped out OTAs. A prototypical "bridge" QB, Gradkowski is the favorite to start in Cincinnati until Andy Dalton gains a familiarity with his teammates and Gruden's playbook. The Bengals QB situation is one to avoid in fantasy circles.

Bruce Gradkowski QB PIT 5 years ago

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the Bengals have begun contract discussions with free agent QB Bruce Gradkowski.

This was fully expected. Gradkowski knows OC Jay Gruden's offense inside and out after playing under him and his brother for three years in Tampa. The Bengals have stated that rookie Andy Dalton will get a chance to start, but Gradkowski would be the prohibitive favorite for Week 1 if signed.