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Report: Steelers tender RFA Ross Cockrell at lowest level

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Cornerback Ross Cockrell started every game for the Steelers in 2016 and often found himself facing off against the top receivers on other clubs, which likely made it easy for Pittsburgh to decide to tender him as a restricted free agent this offseason.

Choosing the level of tender for Cockrell may have taken a little longer, but the team has reportedly made it’s decision. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports that the Steelers have extended an original-round tender on Cockrell.

That means teams will be able to negotiate with the cornerback, but they’d need to hand over a fourth-round pick (Cockrell was selected in that round by the Bills in 2014) and the Steelers would have the right to match any offer. If Cockrell plays out the year under the terms of the tender, he will have a salary of $1.8 million.

Cockrell had 62 tackles and 14 passes defensed during the regular season and added 17 more tackles during the playoffs.

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7 Responses to “Report: Steelers tender RFA Ross Cockrell at lowest level”
  1. blitzinc43 says: Mar 3, 2017 12:31 PM

    As a close friend of the organization they are doing Ross a favor and letting the market determine his value as a team would surely forfeit a 4th for a proven player at a position where it is difficult to find value

  2. handsofsteelheartofstone says: Mar 3, 2017 12:41 PM

    this guy had glimpses of decent play, over all though, he was a serious liability in the defensive back field.

    take a fourth round if you can get it

  3. dickson29 says: Mar 3, 2017 3:10 PM

    If Ross could only “tackle” people with the ball…

  4. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Mar 3, 2017 4:54 PM

    Steelers get burned on this every time. Look at Emmanuel Sanders. Belichick made an offer and Steelers lost more $$$. At least Sanders ended up winning a SB with a superior team.

  5. docversatile says: Mar 3, 2017 5:26 PM

    i think he has potential.i hope we can keep him

  6. MrWillyWonka says: Mar 3, 2017 9:50 PM

    I remember when the Buffalo Bills drafted this guy. Never really understood why they let him go…

  7. newjack900 says: Mar 22, 2017 6:14 PM

    the answer is right there in your inquiry – Buffalo. Not the greatest evaluators of talent and development

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