New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum held a conference call on Tuesday with reporters and took several questions in regards to free agency. At one point Tannenbaum was asked about Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and if the Jets had interest in signing him back after his one season in Pittsburgh. Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger reports that Tannenbaum said, “Nothing on the horizon right now. Whichever team signs Jerricho will be lucky to get him.”
The Jets recently signed former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Chaz Schilens since free agency started and that is a pretty good indication that Cotchery is not in their plans as well. Cotchery recently said that he was open to returning to the team that granted him his release last offseason, but he has also stated that since the season ended that he really hopes to return to the Steelers in 2012.
Cotchery was reportedly scheduled to visit Tuesday with the Kansas City Chiefs, but there is yet to be any word of how that visit went and if the Chiefs intend to sign him. The Steelers will be in no hurry to re-sign Cotchery until the ultimate status of restricted free agent Mike Wallace is behind them, so Cotchery could very well remain on the street a while longer if the Chiefs do not have interest in him.