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Steelers keep Batch as backup

Updated: April 16, 2009, 3:09 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

A day after Byron Leftwich's departure, the Pittsburgh Steelers moved quickly to retain Charlie Batch.

Batch agreed to a one-year, $895,000 deal, including a $50,000 signing bonus.

Batch, 34, is entering his 11th season, his seventh with the Steelers. A native of Pittsburgh, Batch joined the Steelers in 2002 and has played in 22 games, including four starts.

His first four seasons were with the Detroit Lions, where he was a starter most of his time.

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