In a flurry of free agent activity the last 2 days, the Steelers have secured the services of another available player.
Ok, perhaps “flurry” is going a little overboard but when it comes to free agents and the Steelers, any signing is a big signing. There is none bigger this offseason so far than the return of Jerricho Cotchery.
Multiple sources including Rotoworld and TribLive Radio have reported that Cotchery has signed a new 2 yr. deal to return to the Steelers. He had previously visited with the Rams, Chiefs, Steelers, and the Jets showed some interest in bringing him back. After meeting at the scouting combine the team kept in regular contact with Jerricho’s agent through out the off season.
Both sides wanted to get a deal done all along but the team had to free up money and take care if other business before they could bring back Cotchery.
This is the 3rd free agent signing so far this offseason, which includes Ramon Foster signing his tender offer and newly acquired free agent Tight End Leonard Pope, formally of the Chiefs.
With the release Hines Ward and the status of Mike Wallace still up in the air, atleast somewhat, bringing back Cotchery was very important to the future stability of the receivers.
Assuming that Wallace does sign his 1 yr. tender, there’s no guarantee the team can ink him long term before he hits the market in 2013. If he is lost to the open market, having a guy like Cotchery available is of the utmost importance. Even if Wallace does return, the veteran presence of Cotchery to help fill the void of Hines Ward is ideal.
Both Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders figure to have big seasons coming up but injuries can strike anytime as saw last year. When Jerricho’s name is called you know you can count on him to produce and be reliable.