Report States Steelers Working At Re-signing WR Jerricho Cotchery

The Pittsburgh Steelers got right to work on the first day of the 2014 league year when they signed Carolina Panthers unrestricted free agent safety Mike Mitchell to a five-year, $25 million contract and while it’s yet to be seen if any other big name unrestricted free agents from other teams will be added to the fold, they’re not forgetting about their own that they wish to re-sign.

According to a Tuesday evening report by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers are unsurprisingly currently attempting to re-sign veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who caught 46 passes for 604 yards and a team-high 10 touchdowns last season.

With it currently looking like unrestricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will leave for greener pastures over the course of the coming days, the Steelers will certainly need Cotchery again in 2014 to help absorb that loss and also have him continue to mentor second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton, and potentially an early-round draft pick in May.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after the 2013 season ended that he would like to have both Sanders and Cotchery back in 2014, but that he also understands the business of the game might not allow that to happen when it comes to the former.

“I would love for J-Co to come back and my thing is that I always want everybody back,” Roethlisberger said in February radio interview. “I would love for Emmanuel [Sanders] to be back and we know that it’s a business and people have to do what’s best for their family, and the team’s never the same. We always get new guys and we lose guys, but I hope they’re both back.”

Two years ago, Cotchery signed a two-year, $3 million contract and one could easily speculate that another deal similar to that one ought to be enough to get the 31 year-old wide receiver to re-sign. Look for this to happen sooner rather than later.

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  • Jason White

    They need to get that done soon and I hope they re-sign Dwyer and Al Woods soon too.

  • The Great Mr Slippery

    sign j-co for life

  • steeltown

    Another 2yr $3MIL would be great

  • Toddy Bravo

    Definitely Cotchery and Woods. Those two were the ones I thought should be the offseason priorities (along with Worilds) because they’re key depth players at positions we desperately need it. I totally disagree with resigning Dwyer though. We have a clear #1 RB in Bell. History has shown time and again that quality RB depth can be had in the later rounds of the draft, with UDFAs and street free agents. We can do better than Dwyer. In fact, I’d take Felix Jones back over Dwyer in a second.

  • Louis Goetz

    Pay that man his money! No one out performed their salary, their expectations, or their skill set than Mr. Cotchery did, and not only in Pittsburgh, I’m talking about in the whole league. And he did so in very limited playing time. How many touchdowns did he have?! C’mon man!

  • AndyR34

    While I don’t think that he out-performed his skill set, the Steelers certainly got their money’s worth last year!

  • James Kling

    Yeah, very reliable, great RZ target. Sign him to another$3M deal, that’s $272,727.27 per finger!!!

  • Jason White

    There are a couple reason I say they need to resign Dwyer. For one he is young (younger than Felix), two he has become a hell of a pass blocker and that is very valuable to me and three he has a habit of making big plays when the ball is in his hands.

  • Jason White

    Those are some valuable fingers.

  • Matt Manzo

    What do you think of Gerhart as a Dwyer replacement?

  • Chris Wood

    Would it be possible to slide Troy down to inside linebacker, and start Shamarko and Mike Mitchell deep. If Sean can truly recover and be himself, having Troy, Sean, Lawrence, Jarvis, Vince and Jason at linebacker would be pretty nasty. Looking like Nix might be turning into 1st priority if he’s there. Is Ta’amu training, or riding ’round dirty? We’ve had a lot of draft bust lately! Looks like a tall receiver will be there in round 2. Where’s the running backs? Thank you Ike!