It comes as somewhat of a surprise that the Steelers would pursue ex-Lions QB Charlie Batch so soon after signing back-up QB Tommy Maddox to a five-year contract extension. That the Steelers have an interest in Batch is yet another clear indication that the team is arming itself for a Super Bowl run and don't want to take any chances with injuries decimating the team at the most important offensive position.
2002 will be the fifth NFL season for Batch if he, as expected, finds a new team to play for. Batch graduated from Eastern Michigan in 1998 and quickly stepped into a starting role for the Lions. The the addition of high draft pick Joey Harrington in this year's draft, however, Batch became expendable and has been looking for a new job since being released with Herman Moore last week. In addition, Batch doesn't seem the prototypical West Coast offense QB, a requirement for the position (witness last year's acquisition of Ty Detmer) with Marty Morninwheg in charge.
Batch will likely be able to find a new employer, as the Detroit Free-Press reports that the QB has gotten nibbles of interest from Jacksonville, Green Bay, and Houston. As ESPN's Len Pasquarelli reports, Batch would like to make a decision within the next two weeks. Tempting Batch to Pittsburgh might be geography, since Batch's mother lives nearby.
MORE LINKS: Batch's game statistics from 2001
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