The 29-year-old Cotchery is coming off offseason back surgery, which is not expected to be an issue. Although, one has to wonder how effective an aging Cotchery can be following back surgery.
The Birmingham, Alabama native has seven seasons of NFL wear and tear on his 6'0 frame, and he hasn't played an entire season since 2008 with the Jets.
New York was content to let him go this offseason, along with big target Braylon Edwards—which also raises questions about how much solid production Cotchery has left.
Cotchery hasn't had more than nine receptions in a game since Week 3 of 2008, and has had six games with one catch or less in that time—including zero receptions in the Jets' 22-17 win at Pittsburgh last season.
For the Steelers, owners of the 14th best passing attack in 2010, the signing makes little sense.
Will Jerricho Cotchery improve the Steelers' pass offense in 2011?
Wallace was targeted a team-high 100 times in 2010, catching 60 balls for a career-high 1,257 yards and 10 touchdowns. At age 25, Wallace looks to be the Steelers future at wide receiver, while Hines Ward is the bridge to the next generation of black and yellow, blue collar chain-movers.
Ward, 35, already provides what Cotchery will try to: a tough, physical wide out who can go across the middle to move the sticks or sneak behind the defense to score a crafty touchdown.
Heath Miller is Ben Roethlisberger's guy in the red zone, and young Emmanuel Sanders is the youthful project whose receptions went for a first down 64 percent of the time in 2010.
Cotchery has a future in the NFL without question; he can still produce at a high level when called upon, and Pittsburgh has the staff and personnel to transform him into what they want. But signing Cotchery won't fill the void left by Santonio Holmes and still leaves the Steelers with problems in the secondary.
Patrick Clarke is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow on Twitter @_Pat_Clarke