After not drafting a quarterback over the weekend the Pittsburgh Steelers have opted to re-sign veteran Bruce Gradkowski, according to Alex Marvez.
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) May 1, 2016
Gradkowski, who turned 33 in January, missed the entire 2015 season with a shoulder injury that he suffered last preseason.
With Gradkowski now back in the fold, he will compete against fourth-year quarterback Landry Jones for the right to backup Ben Roethlisberger in 2016. While Jones did make some improvement last season during the first playing time of his career, the Steelers coaching staff refused to name him the No. 2 quarterback heading into the offseason.
During a recent press conference ahead of the draft, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said that Gradkowki looked healthy and that the team was not ruling out the possibility of re-signing him.
“We’ll wait until after the draft to make that decision as to whether we put another veteran into the mix, but Bruce [Gradkowski] came in and worked out and he looks to be satisfactory from a heath standpoint so that will remain an option,” Colbert said.
Gradkowski, who is expected to sign a one-year contract for the veteran minimum, has a 6-14 career record as a starting quarterback and has thrown for 4,057 yards to go with 21 touchdowns and 24 interceptions during his career.
Update: This happened Monday morning.