And Now Our Watch Begins: Michael Vick Signs One-Year Contract With Steelers
He's back, folks. Michael Vick conducted workouts with the Steelers earlier this evening, and by all accounts he did well enough that the organization snapped him up. USA Today:
The veteran signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday to serve as the back-up to Ben Roethlisberger, the team announced.
The Steelers’ current No. 2 quarterback, Bruce Gradkowski, suffered a hand injury in the Week 2 preseason game against Green Bay and was placed on injured reserve.
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) August 26, 2015
The Steelers have plenty of game video on Vick after his 12 seasons in the league, but perhaps they need a close-up look to make sure Vick has kept himself in shape. [Head coach Mike] Tomlin mentioned working out Byron Leftwich at nearby Latrobe High School a few years ago.
"There's not a throw on the field he can't make from an arm strength standpoint," said Tomlin of Vick. "He's a very experienced guy at what he does at this point in his career. And obviously the mobility is still unique even at 35."
Vick, who first played for the Falcons in 2001, has also played for the Eagles and Jets -- but his rap sheet is far more colorful. He's been in trouble for incidents involving marijuana, theft, giving obscene gestures following games, finances, and of course running a dog fighting ring.
So how will Steel City welcome Vick? There were plenty of protests when he went to the Eagles five years ago, but has enough water passed under the bridge to make this time different? Stay tuned.
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