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Pittsburgh Steelers sign Michael Vick to add depth at quarterback; place Bruce Gradkowski on IR

The Pittsburgh Steelers saw a need to add a veteran quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger, and they decided to sign Michael Vick to add quality depth at the quarterback position.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers saw a need to add to their current depth at quarterback by signing former Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick Tuesday. The transaction speaks mainly on the most recent injury to Bruce Gradkowski's finger, which required surgery, and the organization's lack of faith in Landry Jones to handle the primary back up position.

Vick is the logical player to be the primary back up to Ben Roethlisberger, and is still capable of making plays with both his arm and his legs. His experience and ability will be a great crutch for the Steelers if something were to happen to Roethlisberger which would have him miss any significant amount of time in the 2015 season.

Vick is an extremely polarizing figure, both on and off the field. Whether you are talking about his uncharacteristic style at quarterback, or the dog-fighting charges which saw Vick spend years of his life behind bars in federal prison. Nonetheless, the man has done his time for his off-the-field transgressions, and is now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It should be noted the relationship Mike Tomlin has had with Vick throughout the years. Tomlin has always had a soft spot for athletes from the Hampton Road/Newport News area of Virginia, where both Tomlin and Vick are both from.

To make room on the team's 90-man roster, the team has placed former backup QB Bruce Gradkowski on injured reserve.