Batch's deal with the Steelers does not include a signing bonus, meaning that the one-year contract will have a fairly small cap hit in 2002. Batch's previous team, the Lions, cut the QB two years after giving him a $50-million, 5-year contract.
To make room for Batch, the Steelers have released QB Travis Cole. This leaves the team with four quarterbacks. In addition to Batch and Stewart, the Steelers have Tommy Maddox and Tee Martin on the roster. Martin struggled with poor recievers in NFL Europe, but may still have to impress in training camp and exhibition to hold onto a roster spot, given that few teams elect to carry four quarterbacks on the roster.
Batch,27, is in his fifth year after graduating from Eastern Michigan in 1998. He has started in 46 NFL games in his career.
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