Monday, August 11, 2008

Steelers sign Byron Leftwich

Basically some quick hits for this morning since it's 4 am. We know, we really need to get our schedules better arranged.

First off, the Steelers have signed Byron Leftwich to a one-year deal worth $645,000 and a $40,000 signing bonus. Both Leftwich and Daunte Culpepper were in Pittsburgh Sunday morning and passed physicals and then worked out privately. Leftwich won the job and they were able to sign him, although if they could not work out a deal with Leftwich they were prepared to sign Culpepper. The Steelers also brought in another punter to compete with Paul Ernster in Mitch Berger who is a seasoned veteran, making the Pro Bowl twice in his career. To make room for these two additions the Steelers had to release two players, wide-receiver Gerran Walker and linebacker Anthony Trucks who were both first-year free agents. Read about all this and more from the PG here.

Casey Hampton has been removed from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and is now practicing with everyone else. Mike Tomlin likes where he is at right now, but says Casey is not done yet. Tomlin would not reveal how much Casey weighs or how much weight he has lost, but said that he will be getting extra work after practice. You can read about Casey, the punter competition, and more at the PG here.

In the NFL notebook you can read about injuries on other teams, including Plaxico Burress, and Brett Favre's first penalty lap here.

The Trib has a few things to offer here.

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