Steelers Sign QB Gradkowski, Release Colon, Mendenhall To Cardinals
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly signed backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski and released offensive lineman Willie Colon.
The team also lost former running back Rashard Mendenahll to the Arizona Cardinals.
According to 93.7 the Fan Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette, the Steelers signed Gradkowski to a three-year deal.
The 30-year-old Gradkowski will meet with Mike Tomlin later Wednesday afternoon.
In his 8 years in the NFL, he has appeared in 37 NFL games and has thrown for 4,057 yards with 21 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.
Gradkowski played high school football at Seton-La Salle here in Pittsburgh.
Originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gradkowski has also played for the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals.
Financial terms of the deal have not been released at this time.
Colon released by the Steelers today in a cap savings move according to 93.7 the Fan Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette. Colon started 11 games at guard last year after moving over from tackle.
He was drafted in the fourth round in 2006 out of Hofstra and started 62 games with the Steelers over his career.
Colon will turn 30 next month and has dealt with numerous injuries, missed the entire 2010 season and played only one game in 2011.
The heir apparent to Jerome Bettis, former Steelers first-round pick Rashard Mendenhall signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals today.
Mendenhall rushed for 3,549 yards and scored 29 touchdowns in his five-year Steelers career.
Controversy has surrounded him as he failed to show up for a game last year because he wouldn’t play.
Mendenhall was also vilified for a tweet critical of people celebrating Osama bin Laden’s death.
Former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is the new Arizona head coach.
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