Jerricho Cotchery Will Be A Winner In The Game Of Free Agency Supply And Demand

The chances of the Pittsburgh Steelers retaining the services of unrestricted free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery diminished a little more on Monday when the Oakland Raiders signed former Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones to a three-year contract.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jones three-year deal totals out at $11.3 million and while the guaranteed money and structure is not yet known, you have to figure that Cotchery will demand, and get, a contract with an average yearly value of at least $3 million.

Last season, Jones caught 59 passes for 817 yards and three touchdowns with the Packers, while Cotchery caught 46 passes for 602 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Steelers. In the supply and demand game of free agency, Cotchery, who is scheduled to meet soon with the Carolina Panthers, should come out a winner.

As of today, the Panthers have six wide receivers under contract for the 2014 season and combined they have caught five passes for 83 yards. They need a veteran like Cotchery and with just under $8 million in available cap space at their disposal, they will likely pay him what he needs to leave Pittsburgh.

While we will all be disappointed should this be the ultimate outcome, nobody deserves it more than Cotchery as this is likely to be the final contract of his long NFL career.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Were the Steelers caught assuming too much that Cotch would come back, or was he going to test FA all along? We’re doing the offense NO favors by letting him walk. We’re already rebuilding the defense, so give the offense a chance to carry the load.

    And speaking of the offense, what’s the latest on Starks?

  • Steelers12328882

    Well, I think 10 tds says a lot, so I’m sure both parties chose to wait until the market set the price.

  • SumnerYoung

    It’s becoming quite apparent that Markus Wheaton’s time is now.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Looks like we seen the last of him in the Burgh. Hopes Cotch gets his money. Been a steady player but an even better teammate. Deserves a good contract in FA.

  • Paddy

    Steelers don’t have 3 mil for a third string WR

  • treeher

    3rd string?

  • Richard Edlin

    The Steelers don’t have 3 mil for a starting CB, let alone a primary slot receiver. Good luck to Cotchery … hope he has another year of good numbers.

  • I am guessing he means #3, and further that he has no idea what the actual value of a slot WR is.


    Looks like Cotchery wants to feed his own family instead of Tomlins.

  • stairman

    When the Steelers redzone offense is settling for field goals, tell me then 2.5m was to much to pay him. I bet its not totally about the pay, and would take a little less to stay and finish his career in the steel city. Sometimes I think the front office will jump over a dollar to save a penny. Its a little disrespectful to a seasoned talented vet.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Good for him but this will put the necessary pressure on Wheaton to stay healthy and perform. This is his shot now that Cotch is just about gone. We will most likely take a receiver in the draft

  • Pete Johnson

    Hope Bell is ready for about 400 carries this year. Or more.

  • AndyR34

    Actually…he is just a troll that knows little about anything

  • AndyR34

    Oh…but don’t you know that the midget who was good buddies with Darren Sharper will be our new redone threat?

  • joed32

    How about a lot more receptions, he’s a pretty good receiver too.