Steelers sign Batch, release Russell


Steelers Sign QB Charlie Batch; Release RB Gary Russell
PITTSBURGH — *The Steelers signed veteran quarterback
Charlie Batchto a one-year contract, the team announced today. Financial terms of the contract were not released.

Batch was originally signed by the Steelers as a free agent from the Detroit Lions in 2002 and has been the team's primary backup quarterback during his time in Pittsburgh. He has played in 22 games (four starts) with the Steelers and has a 94.4 passer rating with the team. Batch missed the entire 2008 season with a shoulder injury.

Batch spent the first four years of his career in Detroit, starting 46 of the 48 games he played in with the Lions.

The Steelers also announced they have released veteran running back
Gary Russell, who was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2007 NFL Draft. In his two seasons with the Steelers, he played in 15 regular-season games and four postseason contests.

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