Cardinals Bring In William Gay For A Visit Monday

It should come as no surprise that the Arizona Cardinals brought Pittsburgh Steelers free agent cornerback William Gay in for a visit on Monday as the Cardinals defensive coordinator is Ray Horton, who coached the Steelers defensive backs prior to leaving for Arizona. Gay is an unrestricted free agent and is free to sign with any team.

Gay has said his hopes were that he would remain in Pittsburgh for the upcoming season and general manager Kevin Colbert has left that open to happening as well. Gay was unrestricted last season and received little to no attention during the free agency period. He ultimately signed back with the Steelers right before training camp started. His contract was a one-year qualifying contract that paid him a $685,000.00 base salary with a $50,000.00 signing bonus. Because it was a veteran qualifying contract, his cap hit was only $575,000.00.

The Steelers are likely hoping to get Gay back for depth purposes and once again sign him to another one-year qualifying contract, but he certainly could run off to Arizona if given a better offer and it would not be surprising.

  • John B

    If he plays anything like he did last year, I hope he stays.

  • Mellymorales07

    So what he sucks !! Good let him go u see how in almost every game he was picked on !!

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  • Eric87

    normally i would say let his ass go, but last years play should guarantee him a roster spot this training camp anyways

  • JerryCola

    Gay is serviceable at best and I don’t believe he will get much better then he is now. Lewis, Brown and Allen all need to develop and get more playing time. Even if he does leave, I don’t see it as a great loss, probably the weak link on defense.

  • Steelerfanmatt1933

    Agree with the “disagree”.

    He had a good season in 2011 after a miserable 2010.

  • LouPGH

    Me talk pretty one day.

    Seriously though, the people criticizing Gay obviously haven’t seen a Steelers game since 2010. Taking the small a cap hit for that sort of production from a #2 DB is unreal.

    Yeah, we’ve got some young guys with talent, but most of them couldn’t even stay healthy the entire season. I’d like to see him come back on another one year contract and then reassess the situation at season’s end.

  • kevin

    He played extremely well splitting time in 2008, well for half a season in 2009 and well in 2011. It seems to me that playing William Gay in a limited role where he can play a nickel back role more often (even as a starter Gay seemed to play a nickel role in passing defense) makes him worth keeping around for secondary depth.

  • Gay is an above average nickel CB and a below average starter. When used in the 3 spot, there is a lot of value there.

  • Yeah, He is a more than solid Nickel CB.