Cotchery stays with the Steelers

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Veteran receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who slid into Hines Ward’s role in Pittsburgh last year, could be filling those duties again.  Especially since Ward is gone, and now Cotchery is back.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Cotchery has agreed to terms on a two-year deal.

The former Jet drew interest from the Chiefs and Rams before returning to Pittsburgh.

With the Steelers using cap room to sign Cotchery and tight end Leonard Pope in the past two days, the Steelers could be feeling confident that they won’t need extra 2012 cap space to match an offer sheet signed by receiver Mike Wallace with a new team, since appears fairly clear at this point that Wallace won’t be signing one.  The window for restricted free agency closes on April 20.

Cotchery caught 16 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games with the Steelers.  Those were the lowest single-season numbers since his rookie year of 2004.

27 responses to “Cotchery stays with the Steelers

  1. Am glad he will be back with the team. Good insurance since Hines left. He is not afraid to go over the middle.

  2. Wtf…I luv dat we retained jc, but we need to recover m.wallace….yes, everybody feels he’s a one trick pony, but we need his deep threat capabilities to keep the defense honest…

    At the end of the day Wallace makes us more competitive..if we do lose him then a.brown, e.sanders, h.miller, lope and jc def have to step up

  3. Great news. He’ll get more balls thrown to him than last year when Hines was still around, even with the three other receivers whom we all know well. Good luck to Laderias Webb, Ed Reed and Jimmy Smith having to cover them.

  4. Glad he’s back. He will be even more comfortable with Ben this year. He can find those soft spots in the D and is clutch on 3rd downs.

  5. “Good luck to Laderias Webb, Ed Reed and Jimmy Smith having to cover them.”

    Yeah, I mean, after all, they really torched the Ravens last year. Cotchery isn’t exactly Fitzgerald, fellah.

    Apr 11, 2012 3:09 PM

    “Wallace, Brown, Sanders, Cotchery. The best 4 WR in the league, bar none.”

    Ah, yes. Steelers fandom at its best. They watch only their own games and know absolutely nothing about the rest of the league. Just off the top of my head, I think Green Bay’s pass-catchers might have something to say about that.

  6. karlsummers says: Apr 11, 2012 3:09 PM

    Wallace, Brown, Sanders, Cotchery. The best 4 WR in the league, bar none.

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    Jennings, Nelson, Driver, Jones. Enough said.

  7. Great signing. He will be much more of a force in his second year on the team. Great hands and toughness.

    Plus, you can never have too many A+ leadership and character guys.

    GO STEELERS!

  8. Good! Now we don’t have to waste draft picks on a receiver and another tight end. O-line, nose tackle, running back, linebacker, and possibly a back-up QB are the areas we need to look hard at. Get the BC linebacker if he drops down in the draft or an OL with the first pick. RB in the second round – Mendenhall won’t be effective even if he does come back later in the season.

  9. “Cotchery caught 16 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games with the Steelers. Those were the lowest single-season numbers since his rookie year of 2004.”

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    Still better numbers than Ochocinco.

    Does this mean Tomlin is a greater offensive genius than Belichick now??

  10. karlsummers says:
    Apr 11, 2012 3:09 PM
    Wallace, Brown, Sanders, Cotchery. The best 4 WR in the league, bar none.
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    I’d take the Giant’s WR core…even losing Manningham. They are more versatile. Though Brown’s/Sanders upside is crazy now that Hines has stepped aside. Either way…I wish my team had ONE of those WR groups!

  11. Pains me to say this…but nice move by my hated rivals…tough receiving corps. Glad we have (one of) the best secondaries in the NFL…particularly given the deficiencies in the Steelers o-line/run game.

  12. Good news. Receiving group as a whole should be best in years. Now if they can fill some needs in the draft, which to me is OL, DB and DL, then can’t complain.

  13. Great signing. Now, for all the experts here and elsewhere, you can bet all of your loose change the Steelers will draft an OL with their first pick, no matter who is available. Just as I scored when they drafted their pro bowl center, you can take it to the bank. Steelers absolutely must run the ball for success, an axiom!

  14. Oh yessss!!!!! Now this is good news!!! With Hines retiring, he can continue to fill that role. Welcome back, Jericho!!!!

    GO STEELERS!!!!!!!

  15. I am sooooo happy we re-signed him. He is a great player and a positive locker room influence. Go Steelers!!

  16. Wallace just needs to face the fact that NFL owners have historically colluded to limit his options. He needs to get a fair deal from the Steelers but not try to break the bank.

  17. Since he signed so late and with the lockout he didnt get much playing time since no time with Big Ben and Ward getting alot of his snaps.. he will be alot more productive this year and I was realllyyyy hoping we would sign him back again …. Greattt signing and he will compete with Sanders for that 3rd spot and very nice insurance !!!

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