Free Agent Byron Leftwich Drawing Interest From Colts, According To Report

If the consensus analysis and opinion is to be believed, the Indianapolis Colts will soon be bringing Andrew Luck to town. As the holders of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft and a team that recently relieved superstar Peyton Manning of his duties, the Colts will absolutely select a quarterback as their first pick.

As such, it would be nice for the Colts to have a veteran QB presence on the team to act as a mentor or take some starts when needed. Mark Kaboly of the Tribune-Review reports that the team is interested in free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich to fill that role.


Related: SB Nation's 2012 Free Agency Hub

While Leftwich has acted as the backup to Ben Roethlisberger for the past couple of years, he would like to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers may not be able to retain his services, however.

The Steelers also want Leftwich to return to backup Ben Roethlisberger, however, the Steelers are only about $6 million under the salary cap and still need to address the wide receiver and running back positions in free agency, lock up receiver Mike Wallace long term and sign their draft picks.

Still, Leftwich might not cost the Steelers a lot. The veteran minimum for Leftwich would be $825,000, but would only cost $540,000 against the Steelers' cap. The Colts could offer Leftwich significantly more money as they are reportedly $10.6 million under the cap as of March 30.

As it stands, Indianapolis is able to offer Leftwich more money than the Steelers can. They also have offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who worked with Leftwich in three seasons as OC for the Steelers.

For more on Leftwich and the Pittsburgh Steelers, head on over to Behind the Steel Curtain or SB Nation Pittsburgh. For all news and information regarding the Indianapolis Colts, please visit Stampede Blue or check out SB Nation Indiana.

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