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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.

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27 Responses to “Cotchery stays with the Steelers”
  1. psmith7716 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:56 PM

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

  2. Steeley McBeam says: Apr 11, 2012 3:06 PM

    Excellent news, we take care of our own.

  3. zoidenflak says: Apr 11, 2012 3:06 PM

    YES!!!!!

  4. daburgh1985 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:07 PM

    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

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

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

  6. steeltuff says: Apr 11, 2012 3:16 PM

    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.

  7. sack1118 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:18 PM

    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.

  8. ampatsisahypocrite says: Apr 11, 2012 3:23 PM

    Well, best 4 WRs if Sanders can stay on the field, karl…

    This is AWESOME news. Now just get Wallace locked up.

  9. kuantan97 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:32 PM

    “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.

  10. mymogsim2003 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:34 PM

    karlsummers says: Apr 11, 2012 3:09 PM

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

    ____________________________________________________________

    Jennings, Nelson, Driver, Jones. Enough said.

  11. citizenstrange says: Apr 11, 2012 3:40 PM

    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!

  12. pitt4059 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:46 PM

    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.

  13. rexismybff says: Apr 11, 2012 3:47 PM

    “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??

  14. xxsweepthelegxx says: Apr 11, 2012 3:58 PM

    karlsummers says:
    Apr 11, 2012 3:09 PM
    Wallace, Brown, Sanders, Cotchery. The best 4 WR in the league, bar none.
    ————-
    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!

  15. mswravens says: Apr 11, 2012 3:58 PM

    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.

  16. holeinone09 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:08 PM

    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.

  17. stew48 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:47 PM

    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!

  18. Deb says: Apr 11, 2012 4:54 PM

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

    GO STEELERS!!!!!!!

  19. sack1118 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:55 PM

    LB ahead of DB imo. I’m not on the Stevenson Sylvester bandwagon just yet.

  20. jclii says: Apr 11, 2012 4:58 PM

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

  21. bozosforall says: Apr 11, 2012 6:15 PM

    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.

  22. steel2372 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:23 PM

    Now go get Wallace signed. Def the best 4 receivers in the league. Go Steelers

  23. steel2372 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:24 PM

    Congrats Cotchery. Go Steelers

  24. clayton43 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:54 PM

    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 !!!

  25. antibenapalooza says: Apr 11, 2012 7:59 PM

    Go Steelers with Pig Ben Rottenberger off of the team.

  26. engymass2 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:11 AM

    @mymogsim2003. The Packers WR’s drop too many balls.

    Wallace, Brown, Sanders and the hands of Jerricho are ahead of the pack.

  27. sullijo1 says: Apr 12, 2012 8:07 PM

    I’m really surprised he didn’t go to Kansas City…….wait, never mind

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