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Bruce Gradkowski | Quarterback

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Toledo
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Steelers signed QB Bruce Gradkowski to a three-year contract.
It was beyond time for the Steelers to upgrade their backup situation. Ben Roethlisberger has missed eight games over the last three seasons and Charlie Batch/Byron Leftwich proved mostly inept. Gradkowski, 30, brings 20 NFL starts and seven years of experience as a backup to the table. Wed, Mar 13, 2013 10:44:00 AM

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Free agent QB Bruce Gradkowski will visit the Steelers.

The Steelers need to move on from the gray-bearded free agent Charlie Batch, and Byron Leftwich isn't coming back. Gradkowski is a solid veteran who last started a game in 2010 with the Raiders. He just turned 30 years old in January, and he sports a career 65.8 QB rating.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 06:06:00 PM

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the "odds look good" free agent Bruce Gradkowski returns as Andy Dalton's backup in 2013.

Gradkowski, 30, has attempted just 29 passes over the past two seasons. Owner of a career 65.8 QB rating, Gradkowski will be back if the Bengals will have him. It's a bit surprising Cincinnati wouldn't pursue a backup upgrade after Dalton's second straight late-season collapse, but owner Mike Brown prefers his players cheap, and Gradkowski will be cheap.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 09:54:00 AM

In relief of Andy Dalton, Bruce Gradkowski completed 5-of-11 passes for 65 yards in Sunday's Week 17, 23-17 win over the Ravens.

Dalton played the entire first half before Gradkowski entered to open up the third quarter. With the game tied at 7-7 at halftime, Gradkowski will get credit for the win. Cincinnati had nothing to gain in Week 17, but head coach Marvin Lewis didn't want to just sit his guys and have them cold for the playoffs. Gradkowski will return to his backup duties when the No. 6 seed Bengals open the playoffs on the road next weekend.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 04:48:00 PM

After replacing a dinged-up Andy Dalton at halftime, Bruce Gradkowski completed 5-of-12 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals upset the Browns in Week 1.

Dalton missed the second half with a right wrist injury. He'll return to the starting lineup at Denver next week. Gradkowski was mostly ineffective, but at least capitalized on a slow-moving Browns defense by executing a 41-yard touchdown throw to A.J. Green after a quick snap with the Cleveland team still in its huddle. Gradkowski managed just 51 yards on his other 11 attempts. Dalton's job is safe as the Bengals' starter.
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 05:23:00 PM

Bengals agreed to terms with QB Bruce Gradkowski on a two-year contract.

This one has been in the cards for months. Gradkowski knows new coordinator Jay Gruden's offense, which takes on added importance after the lockout wiped out OTAs. A prototypical "bridge" QB, Gradkowski is the favorite to start in Cincinnati until Andy Dalton gains a familiarity with his teammates and Gruden's playbook. The Bengals QB situation is one to avoid in fantasy circles.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 04:38:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the Bengals have begun contract discussions with free agent QB Bruce Gradkowski.

This was fully expected. Gradkowski knows OC Jay Gruden's offense inside and out after playing under him and his brother for three years in Tampa. The Bengals have stated that rookie Andy Dalton will get a chance to start, but Gradkowski would be the prohibitive favorite for Week 1 if signed.
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 11:10:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer calls free agent Bruce Gradkowski a "name to watch" in the Bengals' search for a veteran quarterback.

Gradkowski worked with new OC Jay Gruden for three years in Tampa Bay, which could be a huge asset as the Bengals scramble to install their offense following the unusual offseason. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora also mentioned Gradkowski to Cincinnati as a possibility last month, so there's definitely smoke here.
Sun, Jul 24, 2011 09:56:00 AM

NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora suggests the Bengals could turn to free agent Bruce Gradkowski as competition for Andy Dalton.

Teams are confident that Gradkowski will play the role of good soldier if forced into a backup job, whereas Donovan McNabb and Vince Young may bridle at holding a clipboard. Bengals coordinator Jay Gruden coached Gradkowski in Tampa, so the connection makes plenty of sense. Gradkowski has also been mentioned for the same "bridge" QB role in Minnesota with Christian Ponder.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Jun 22, 2011 04:20:00 PM

Owner Al Davis suggested earlier in the offseason that he was moving on from Bruce Gradkowski because of the free agent's injury history.

Davis concedes that Gradkowski has it what it takes to be a successful QB in the NFL. On the other hand, "as good as Gradkowski is for a single game, we can't hold up the injury factor from happening," said Davis. "He incurs injuries, and that worries the hell out of me. And I like continuity."
Wed, Mar 9, 2011 11:22:00 AM

The Raiders failed to extend a tender to potential restricted free agent QB Bruce Gradkowski.

Gradkowski was a Tom Cable favorite, but it seems that new coach Hue Jackson has no interest in bringing him back after last year's QB controversy. Jackson could turn to former pupil Troy Smith as a clear backup to Jason Campbell instead. Gradkowski will sign elsewhere as a No. 2 quarterback.
Sun, Mar 6, 2011 08:16:00 PM

The Raiders made the decision to place Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder) on injured reserve because he wasn't going to be able to throw again for at least another week or two.

"You look at what's left on our schedule. It's just not enough time," said coach Tom Cable. With Gradkowski out, the Raiders have five games to determine if Jason Campbell is a realistic option for 2011.
Fri, Dec 3, 2010 12:19:00 PM

Raiders placed QB Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Gradkowski reportedly suffered a third-degree separation to the same throwing shoulder that was injured earlier in the season. This is the second straight season that Gradkowski has finished out on injured reserve. A free agent in 2011, the coaching staff favorite could be brought back as a backup to a new starter. Jason Campbell will close out the season under center for the Raiders.
Thu, Dec 2, 2010 06:20:00 PM

A Monday MRI revealed that Bruce Gradkowski has a separated right (throwing) shoulder, which will reportedly end his season.

Gradkowski was fearing bad news, and that's exactly what he got. ESPN's John Clayton reports that it is a third-degree separation. Gradkowski ultimately played in six games for the Silver in Black (three starts), completing under 53 percent of his passes and throwing five touchdowns to seven interceptions. There's no more quarterback controversy in Oakland, as it's now Jason Campbell's job by default.
Tue, Nov 30, 2010 08:25:00 AM

Bruce Gradkowski will get an MRI on his shoulder Monday and is fearing bad news, a source told the Contra Costa Times' Jerry McDonald.

Gradkowski has dealt with the shoulder problem since the beginning of October and aggravated the injury against the Dolphins. "It’s just tough. You always gotta stay optimistic," Gradkowski said. "You don’t want that to happen but it’s always a fear of yours." It seems likely that Jason Campbell will be the Raiders quarterback for the remainder of the season.
Mon, Nov 29, 2010 01:38:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3Dri Archer
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Dri Archer
FB1Will Johnson
WR11Antonio Brown
2Lance Moore
3Darrius Heyward-Bey
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Justin Brown
3Martavis Bryant
WR31Justin Brown
TE1Heath Miller
2Matt Spaeth
3Michael Palmer
K1Shaun Suisham