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Pittsburgh Steelers sign QB Tajh Boyd

3/6/2015

The Pittsburgh Steelers added an intriguing quarterback to their roster Friday when they signed Tajh Boyd to a one-year contract.

Boyd is the ACC’s all-time leading in passing yards (11,904) and passing touchdowns (107) and the former Clemson star was a sixth-round draft pick by the New York Jets last year.

The Jets cut Boyd at the end of preseason practice and he played for two FXFL teams before signing with the Steelers, where the 6-foot-1, 225-pound quarterback will be reunited with former Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant.

The addition of Boyd all but rules out the Steelers' drafting a quarterback or signing an undrafted free agent.

And there could be an opportunity for Boyd to make the roster.

Landry Jones, the Steelers’ No. 3 quarterback, has yet to dress for a game in two NFL seasons or seriously push Bruce Gradkowski for the No. 2 job behind Ben Roethlisberger.

General manager Kevin Colbert said recently that Jones made significant improvement in his second season, so the signing of Boyd is not necessarily an indictment of Jones, a 2013 fourth-round pick.

But Boyd’s pedigree also suggests that he will be more than just an extra arm for training camp and will have a legitimate shot of making the 53-man roster if he performs well.