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Isn’t This An Odd Time For The Steelers To Sign Their Starting QB To A New Deal?


All you suckers were sitting there thinking, “Yes, it is an odd time to sign Ben Roethlisberger to an extension…I must read more about this strange story.” But that was all a set-up, my friends.

You see, it was Charlie Batch who signed a two-year deal with the Steelers, not Big Ben. I’m so sneaky, aren’t I?

The 35-year-old Batch has been under contract with the Steelers for eight seasons, although he sat out 2004 and 2008 with injuries. He has thrown only two passes since 2007, and 135 overall during his time with Pittsburgh.

A former starter for the Detroit Lions, Batch is expected to compete with Dennis Dixon to be the backup quarterback. Dixon started one game when Ben Roethlisberger was hurt last season and became the No. 2 quarterback after Batch broke his left wrist Nov. 22 in Kansas City.

My favorite part is how the report insinuates that Batch will be competing with Dixon to back up Roethlisberger.  To all of you Steelers fans  out there, I’m very sorry for mentioning this (no I’m not), but my guess is that Charlie Batch is a much more likely candidate to be under center when the Steelers kick-off their 2010 season than Ben Roethlishumper. Although the way things are going for Big Ben, I wouldn’t feel so bad if I were him – if his life keeps going down the toilet in the manner it has over the past year or so, Roethlisberger can look forward to being under something as well at some point in the future, just maybe not a center, if you catch my drift.

Backup QB Batch re-signs with Steelers [SI/AP]