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NFL Free Agent Signings: Pittsburgh Steelers Catch Another Receiver

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Jerricho Cotchery #89 of the New York Jets runs with the ball against James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Jonathan CyprowskiCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2011

The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to terms today with former New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery.

After losing out on Plaxico Burress to the Jets last week, the Steelers have continued to hunt for another receiver, and they feel that they’ve found what they were looking for in Cotchery.

While Cotchery is certainly not the 6’5” specimen that Burress is, he has been a productive receiver on some pretty lackluster Jets teams over the last seven years.

Cotchery has had at least 800 yards receiving and three touchdowns in four of the last five seasons, and at 6’0” 208 pounds, he would be one of the taller receivers on the Steelers roster.

His numbers took a bit of a hit last season, but much of it had to do with the overcrowded receiving corps in New York. Cotchery found himself playing behind Braylon Edwards and former Steeler Santonio Holmes.

While the financial terms have not yet been disclosed, Cotchery’s contract is for one season, and he is likely to report to Latrobe on Sunday when the team returns to camp after their preseason game Friday night.

While many, including this writer, feel that the money and time should have been spent in bringing in another offensive lineman or defensive back, the Steelers obviously had some concerns about their receiving corps.

With Emmanuel Sanders on the rack with an injury, one has to wonder if the severity of the injury is worse than originally diagnosed.

Cotchery is likely to take over the fifth receiver spot for the 2011 season. The signing does little for the chances of former second round pick Limas Sweed, who had hopes of filling that roster spot.

Should the Steelers decide to carry six receivers on the roster like they did last season, Sweed is likely to compete with Tyler Grisham and Arnaz Battle for the final spot. However, the spot is more of a special teams position than an actual receiver position, which means Battle or Grisham would likely make the team over Sweed because of what they offer in the special teams department.

 

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