PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – “NFL on CBS” studio analyst Boomer Esiason called into “The Cook and Poni Show” on Wednesday to share his thoughts on the Steelers signing Michael Vick to a 1-year deal.

“Well, if [Vick] has to play more than one game or one half, than you guys are in trouble,” Esiason said. “That means you would be losing one of the best quarterbacks in football.”

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But, can Vick still play? Was he worth the risk?

“I can tell you he is better than Bruce Gradkowski,” Esiason said. “He is a better player. He has so many more accomplishments. Bruce was a a guy who was an understudy to anybody. This is a former starting NFL QB that has a track record both on and off the field unfortunately….so it sparks a lot of debate.”

Boomer also talked about how Vick has done more than anybody could have asked for since his release from prison to try and share his story and do the right thing with animal organizations.

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The Steelers think that he has enough left to make him worth the risk of the public demonstrations that will come with signing him.

“He is there because of the desperate need for backup quarterbacks these days in the NFL,” Esiason said. “He probably has got enough experience and enough under his belt that if Mike Tomlin had to put him out there, he would feel comfortable with him.”

Esiason also said the Steelers are going to be in a real fight to win the division this year and he doesn’t expect Tom Brady to play against them in the season opener.

Listen to the full interview here:

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