Steelers bring back Batch

The Steelers have signed backup quarterback Charlie Batch to a one-year deal.

Spurned in their attempts to re-sign Byron Leftwich, the Pittsburgh Steelers made a move to shore up the quarterback position, re-signing veteran backup Charlie Batch.

Batch agreed to a one-year deal worth $895,000, including a $50,000 signing bonus.

The 34-year-old Batch will be counted on to back up starter Ben Roethlisberger while second-year pro Dennis Dixon, a fifth-round draft pick in 2008, continues to learn the position.

Batch has been with the Steelers since 2003, joining the team after being released by Detroit, where he was a starter for most of four seasons.

He has appeared in 22 games with Pittsburgh, making four starts.

Batch missed the entire 2008 season with a broken clavicle suffered in the team's preseason opener.

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