The Pittsburgh Steelers have finally done something about their quarterback depth, and it is in the form of former Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers signal caller Zach Mettenberger. After released by the Chargers, the Steelers were awarded Mettenberger, per Adam Schefter and Field Yates of ESPN.
Steelers claimed former Chargers QB Zach Mettenberger on waivers, per @FieldYates.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2016
After injuries to both Dustin Vaughan and Bruce Gradkowski, the Mettenberger signing makes sense as the team hopes to find a capable quarterback to learn the system and fill in behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones.
To make room for Mettenberger on the active roster, the Steelers had to release a player. The team has reportedly waived Bruce Gradkowski injured, ending his season, and likely his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mettenberger does have starting experience with the Titans, and faced the Steelers in a Monday Night Football game in 2014. Most Steelers fans should remember that game as the game LeGarrette Blount walked away from the team, but in 2014 Mettenberger threw for 1,412 yards in 7 games. 2015 he played another 7 games, throwing for 935 yards.
Mettenberger has been a career backup behind Jake Locker and Philip Rivers for a brief time, and he will have a chance to watch one of the best in the game in Ben Roethlisberger. It looks as if the Steelers now have two 'bergers in town, at least for the immediate future.