Steelers reserve quarterback Byron Leftwich has signed a two year deal with the Tampa Bay, and will not return to the Steelers this year.
The Steelers brought in Leftwich when Charlie Batch went down in preseason, and Leftwich performed well in three games in relief of Ben Roethlisberger.
For a time it appeared that Leftwich might return to the Steelers, as he initally drew little interest on the free agent market. But Tampa Bay was willing to give him a chance to start, and hence he opted to sign with them.
Leftwich's departure makes it more likely that the Steelers will resign Charlie Batch to be Ben Roethlisberger's back up in 2009.