Bryant McFadden: Could Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback Be Cut?

Cody NguyenContributor IIAugust 24, 2011

(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Rumors are flying around that Bryant McFadden is the "odd man out" at cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Rotoworld. Even though this is complete speculation and rumor at this point, cutting McFadden would not be a smart move for Pittsburgh.

Even though McFadden was mediocre, at best, for the Steelers during their 2010 campaign, the depth behind him is simply inadequate and none of them are capable of assuming a starting role.

William Gay is known by Steelers fans as one of the worst cornerbacks in the league, and rightfully so. In fact, Gay can be held accountable for a good amount of the woes in the Pittsburgh secondary.

In 2008, "Big Play" Willie Gay showed solid play at the nickel corner position, which resulted in the Steelers allowing Bryant McFadden to join the Arizona Cardinals after winning Superbowl XLIII in hopes that William Gay could fill the second CB spot.

What resulted was a disaster (this video basically sums up Gay's 2009 season) and McFadden was brought back for the 2010 season.

Keenan Lewis, a third-round pick from the 2009 draft, would be the next candidate in line to take McFadden's spot, but I have to say that this is close to impossible.

Keenan Lewis' first three years in the NFL saw little playing time outside of special teams. Lewis was in Coach Tomlin's doghouse for the 2010 season due to poor play as well as a boneheaded penalty in a preseason game against the Denver Broncos.

This preseason, Lewis had a poor showing against the Washington Redskins (who didn't?), but rebounded against the Philadelphia Eagles, playing solid coverage on DeSean Jackson and recording an interception on Michael Vick.

However, one preseason game is not enough to judge a player's ability, much less determine a starting role for that player. Therefore, Lewis remains unproven and has not shown much development in his four years in the league. 

If Bryant McFadden were to be cut, the depth at CB will suffer, and Pittsburgh would be left with either a below average cornerback who the fans hate, or an unproven fourth-year veteran who is still yet to show signs of development.