PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
He will be a backup to starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Second-stringer Bruce Gradkowski was placed on the team’s reserve/injured list while he deals with an injured finger on his left hand.
Vick, 35, spent almost two years in prison after pleading guilty in 2007 to his role in an interstate dog fighting ring.
He expressed regret for what he did after he was released from prison. Vick has worked with the Humane Society and lobbied for support of tougher dog fighting laws.
Steeler fans took to social media after the deal was announced. Reaction was mixed.
Roethlisberger said Vick would be welcomed in the locker room with open arms and that Vick’s past legal issues would not be a problem.