Vick ticks boxes as Big Ben back-up at Steelers

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 11:30 PM

(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year deal, the team announced on Tuesday.

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed but the veteran is expected to act as back-up to Pro Bowl signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger.

The 35-year-old Vick spent last season with the New York Jets but was used sparingly behind the impressive Geno Smith.

A number one overall draft pick for the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, Vick lit up the NFL as a dynamic runner and passer before missing two seasons because of a prison sentence for federal gambling and dog fighting charges.

Vick, who returned from his hiatus to spend five seasons at the Philadelphia Eagles, has since redefined his career as a veteran locker room presence.

"He's a very experienced guy at what he does at this point in his career," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"And obviously the mobility is still unique even at 35."

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)