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Old 04-03-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Colts, Arians interested in Leftwich

April 3rd, 2012

Bruce Arians will have a franchise quarterback to work with in Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III within a few weeks, but that hasn’t prevented him for taking a run at veteran free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich.

Per a league source, the Indianapolis Colts, headed by Arians, are pursuing Leftwich to help teach Luck or Griffin the offensive scheme Arians brings with him after five years as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator.

Leftwich, 32, spent three years with the Steelers from 2008 and again in 2010-11 under Arians. Leftwich is considered a student of the game and an excellent teacher, which is what is attractive to Arians.

Leftwich is an unrestricted free agent and would like to return to the Steelers. The Steelers also want Leftwich to return to backup Ben Roethlisberger, however, the Steelers are only about $6 million under the salary cap and still need to address the wide receiver and running back positions in free agency, lock up receiver Mike Wallace long term and sign their draft picks.

Still, Leftwich might not cost the Steelers a lot. The veteran minimum for Leftwich would be $825,000, but would only cost $540,000 against the Steelers’ cap. The Colts could offer Leftwich significantly more money as they are reportedly $10.6 million under the cap as of March 30.

Also, Leftwich could have a better chance of seeing playing time if he signs with the Colts even though the organization would’ve drafted a quarterback with the top overall pick and also traded for Drew Stanton within a month.

Leftwich has played in only six games for the Steelers in three years. He missed all of last year with a broken arm he suffered during the preseason. He was supposed to start for the suspended Roethlisberger in 2010, but hurt his knee in the final preseason game.

Leftwich, the seventh overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003, has 58 career touchdowns in 49 career starts.

Leftwich will likely make his decision before the NFL draft at the end of the month.
If Leftwich does sign with the Colts, it would ensure the Steelers re-signing veteran Charlie Batch.

The Steelers only have two quarterbacks currently under contract behind Roethlisberger – former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and Jerrod Johnson, both of whom were signed to future contracts this offseason.

Unrestricted free agent Dennis Dixon will not be back with the Steelers.
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Bruce Arians will have a franchise quarterback to work with in Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III within a few weeks,

Per a league source, the Indianapolis Colts, headed by Arians, are pursuing Leftwich to help teach Luck or Griffin the offensive scheme Arians brings with him after five years as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator.

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griffin wants to have no part of the colts or arians failed run n shoot offense.

so much so, that he rejected their offer to come work out for them and tour the facility.

why is this? because shanahan > arians and griffin probably doesnt like the prospect of getting pounded with no designed roll outs and school yard ball.
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griffin wants to have no part of the colts or arians failed run n shoot offense.

so much so, that he rejected their offer to come work out for them and tour the facility.

why is this? because shanahan > arians and griffin probably doesnt like the prospect of getting pounded with no designed roll outs and school yard ball.
No, thats not why Griffin didn't work out for the Colts. He already, previously did a workout for them, and he isn't doing ANY more workouts...for anyone. He doesn't want to take the chance of some injury at this point and he also doesn't want to goof up something at a workout after he's had his great ones that are in the bag. Heard this today, that it had absolutely nothing to do with the Colts.
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he never worked out for the colts. he had a pro day and the colts chose not to attend.

rg3 knows he is going to washington, and wants to go to washington. he likes shanahan.

he has absolutely no interest in playing for the colts or being the #1 pick.

as he said yesterday, he knows if the redskins had the #1 pick they would spend it on him. if the arians offense offered him a better opportunity to win, im sure he would show some interest.
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Arians can have Leftwich and hope he doesn't shatter again. I can't stand him.
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everyone go deep, lefty scramble. shit, he can't
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LOL oh Bruce. I hope the Colts flop tremendously this season.
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Thats what the bubble screens are for.
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griffin wants to have no part of the colts or arians failed run n shoot offense.

so much so, that he rejected their offer to come work out for them and tour the facility.

why is this? because shanahan > arians and griffin probably doesnt like the prospect of getting pounded with no designed roll outs and school yard ball.
Who was the last really good QB Shanahan developed? His track record hasn't been all that great, to say the least, since Elway retired. Hell, I could have won with Elway. He didn't make Griese better, he didn't make Plummer better, he didn't make Cutler better, and he hasn't done squat in Washington either.
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Actually, Plummer did improve under Shanahan..... for one year.....then regressed rather dramatically.....
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