The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich on a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday evening. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Leftwich was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round (7th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Marshall.
The 6-5, 250-pound quarterback spent his first four seasons in the league in Jacksonville before spending a season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.
The Washington D.C. native returns to Pittsburgh after spending three seasons with the Steelers (2008, 2010-‘11).
Leftwich completed 26-of-43 passes for 345 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 101.4 in six games with the team. He missed all of the 2011 season after suffering an arm injury during the preseason, which landed him on the Reserve/Injured list on September 2, 2011.
For his nine-year career in the NFL, Leftwich has appeared in 55 games (49 starts) and accumulated 10,260 passing yards and 58 touchdowns with a passer rating of 79.7.