Mike Tomlin couldn't understand why Byron Leftwich was still out of football.
"Your guess is as good as mine, based on what I saw today, to be quite honest with you," said Tomlin. "I’m glad that he was."
Leftwich and Daunte Culpepper both worked out Sunday afternoon at Latrobe Memorial Stadium and both were impressive. Leftwich ended up signing with the Steelers, who gave him no assurances of a roster spot, but there's a chance he could remain with the team throughout the season.
"He’s a young guy, had a great workout this afternoon, has got a strong arm, he’s very lean, looks to be in great shape. Smart guy, a been-there-done-that quarterback," Tomlin said. "This guy has been a franchise quarterback for a playoff-caliber team, so of course we’re fortunate to add a guy like him to the mix. We’re looking forward to putting him in the group as quickly as we can, and hopefully we’ll have him up to snuff where he can participate as soon as Thursday night in Toronto."
Leftwich, 28, was the seventh pick of the 2003 draft out of Marshall University and spent four seasons with Jacksonville. He was released before the start of the 2007 season and signed with Atlanta, where he played three games. In five seasons, Leftwich has completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 9,321 yards, a TD-Int ratio of 52-38 and a passer rating of 79.7.
The Steelers also activated Casey Hampton from the PUP list, signed punter Mitch Berger, and released wide receiver Gerran Walker and linebacker Anthony Trucks.
Berger, 36, played in the 2005 Pro Bowl for New Orleans, but a severe abdominal injury cost him the 2006 season and half the 2007 season. He recovered to punt in five games for Arizona (40.7 avg.) His career punting average is 43.1 with a 35.9 net. He's also played with Philadelphia, Chicago, Minnesota and St. Louis.
Here's the transcript of Mike Tomlin at 5:20 p.m. Sunday and here's Mitch Berger.