So the Steelers used some of the $3 million of cap space to sign quarterback Charlie Batch to a two-year, $2-million deal. His average annual salary of $1 million makes him better paid than Tommy Maddox, the team's starting quarterback. Maddox signed a five-year contract in June when he was still a backup that averages $931,250. He will receive a $650,000 salary this year with another $75,000 in bonuses before the season begins. The Steelers are considering whether to restructure Maddox's contract to increase his pay.
Batch became the Steelers' third-string quarterback behind Kordell Stewart and
Tommy Maddox, who moved up to No. 1 four games into the season. Batch was active
for only one game, that being Nov. 24 when he moved up to No. 2 against
Cincinnati because Maddox was made inactive after a spinal-cord injury in
Steelers Sign QB Batch
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