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April 20, 2010 @ 12:38 pm
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Bucs Trade Leftwich To Steelers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to stock pile draft picks for this week’s NFL Draft. The Bucs traded veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a seventh-round pick on Tuesday. Leftwich started three games in 2009, and played for the Steelers in 2008. The Bucs now have 12 draft picks.
According to ESPN's Adam Shefter, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded veteran backup quarterback Byron Leftwich to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a seventh-round pick. Leftwich (6-5, 250) started the first three games of the 2009 season, and ended the season on injured reserve.

Leftwich, 30, was signed by Tampa Bay in free agency in April of 2009. He beat out quarterback Luke McCown in the preseason for the Buccaneers starting quarterback position, and started the first three games of the season against Dallas, Buffalo, and New York. The Bucs lost all three of those games, and Leftwich was benched in favor of Josh Johnson.

Leftwich completed 54 percent of his passes for 594 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions with the Buccaneers. In 2008 Leftwich played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and completed 58 percent of his passes for 303 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was a first-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003. After four seasons in Jacksonville, he played with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. Leftwich backed up Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 2008, and did not start a game for Pittsburgh. The Steelers won the Super Bowl that season.

Roethlisberger is expected to be suspended for four-to-eight games to open the season for violating the personal conduct policy. In Leftwich, Pittsburgh gets a veteran to provide depth at the position. Leftwich is also familiar with their offense. According to a leaked schedule, Leftwich will return to play the Buccaneers in Week 3 at Raymond James Stadium.

The Buccaneers now enter the 2010 NFL Draft with 12 draft picks. Tampa Bay has five seventh-round picks after the Leftwich trade. The Bucs got a seventh-round pick when they traded McCown to the Jacksonville Jaguars at the conclusion of the preseason, received a compensatory pick, have one from the Baltimore Ravens for Marques Douglas, and have their own seventh-rounder.

Also on Tuesday, free agent defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson signed with the New Orleans Saints.

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