Pittsburgh Steelers Snag Former New York Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery

The TruthContributor IIIAugust 11, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hits Jerricho Cotchery #89 of the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 24-19. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets' free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery has finally found a new home. After falling short in the running for Plaxico Burress, the Pittsburgh Steelers were still looking to fill that hole at wide receiver. Finally, they've filled it, signing former Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery today. 

Information regarding the contract and information are still undisclosed, but already speculations are being made as to the impact Cotchery can make in the always tight AFC North race. Can he be the difference Pittsburgh needs to finally break the tension between them and their arch-rivals in the Baltimore Ravens?

It'll be an interesting turnout, seeing as Cotchery's stats were rather limited in 2010. He only grabbed 41 catches for 433 yards—both of which were his lowest stats since 2006. But he put up those numbers as a No. 3 wide receiver, which makes him a strong asset for the Steelers, as they are looking for a third receiver to play opposite of Hines Ward and Mike Wallace.

This is yet another interesting development in the preseason race for the favorite in the AFC North, and Ben Roethlisberger's new target might definitely propel the Steelers ahead of the Ravens in terms of overall expectations.

It remains to be seen whether or not the two players can develop enough chemistry to make an impact, though, with only four preseason games separating them from the start of the regular season.

But Big Ben can use all the help he can get after the Steelers' third wide receiver last year, Emmanuel Sanders, went down with multiple foot surgeries. In other words, Cotchery can only help this team.