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Michael Vick signs for Pittsburgh Steelers on eve of National Dog Day

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The Pittsburgh Steelers, primed with one of the most impressive offensive depth chart on the NFL ahead of the 2015 season, have moved to add experienced depth at the quarterback position.

Coming quick off the back of Tuesday's reports he was in town to discuss a potential deal, the Steelers have now confirmed the signing of Michael Vick.

Done deal

Vick, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets, has inked a one year deal with the AFC North franchise in a move largely forced upon them by injury issues affecting their QB depth chart.


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With Gradkowski heading to the sidelines, and third string quarterback Landry Jones struggling to impress in preseason to date, Vick offers an experienced option as back up to Ben Roethlisberger.

Veteran value

Vick is a two-time Pro Bowler but has struggled for any consistency in recent seasons - his ten appearances for the Jets in 2014 yielding just three touchdowns and 604 yards.

But, whilst his starting days in the NFL may be behind him, Pittsburgh head coach, Mike Tomlin, is convinced of his value as the man on the bench.

"There's not a throw on the field he can't make from an arm strength standpoint," Tomlin said.

"He's a very experienced guy at what he does at this point in his career and the mobility is still unique even at 35."

Controversial past

Ever since spending the best part of two years behind bars for his role in financing an illegal dog-fighting ring, Michael Vick's arrival at any franchise always yields controversy.

With his move to the Steelers coinciding with National Dog Day, the irony hasn't been lost on social media.

Steelers fans: Do you have a problem with signing Michael Vick, and is he still an asset at 35? Have your say in the comments below...

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