Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told reporters that they will explore the idea of drafting a quarterback “above the late rounds” this year, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Colbert added that they would like a younger backup to Ben Roethlisberger next year.
Pittsburgh was forced to turn to Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch for a portion of the 2012 season, so it’s not all that surprising that they would start to look for younger option. Batch was able to pull out a win over the Ravens which, at the time, was a pretty big win for the Steelers given that they were still in the hunt for the playoffs.
Roethlisberger will be 30 years old next year, so it’s not as though they need a long-term replacement. It’s just good to have someone that you can develop versus being forced to go with a retread in a must-win situation.