Jerricho Cotchery Is a Pointless Addition to Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Attack

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2011

Jerricho Cotchery will join Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh in what is a head-scratching signing.
Jerricho Cotchery will join Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh in what is a head-scratching signing.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery.

Cotchery met with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, and, according to Ravens Insider Jamison Hensley, was offered a contract but left the team's facility without signing.

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.

Sure, it can't hurt to add a veteran receiver for one season, but where does Cotchery fit in alongside the likes of Mike Wallace, Hines Ward and Heath Miller?

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