Steelers Trade CB Ross Cockrell To Giants

The Pittsburgh Steelers have dealt CB Ross Cockrell to the New York Giants, the team announced moments ago.

He was sent to the Giants for a conditional pick in this upcoming draft.

Cockrell lost out on his starting job after the team signed Joe Haden, though his status was in doubt prior. Mike Tomlin opened the door to Coty Sensabaugh, who has appeared to make the team, getting the nod.

Cockrell was signed two years ago after getting cut by the Buffalo Bills.Β He made 23 starts for the Steelers, picking off two passes.

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  • Chad Weiss

    Glad we got something for him

  • Nathanael Dory

    Thanks Ross! Hope you’ll do well!

  • Spencer Krick

    I liked Cockrell last season, but he sure had a rough go in the preseason.

    I hope the change of scenery does him some good. Best of luck, dude.

  • Michael

    Good news: A clean start. Bad news: His rent will triple in NY vs Pitt.

  • #beatthepats

    This is a great offseason. Money saving move for Tj ward ?

  • RyanW

    When’s the last time we have made so many trades in offseason/preseason? Gotta be close to a Steelers record haha I ain’t complaining tho

  • Ken From New Jersey

    Wow. Some interesting moves from the Steelers. Definitely out of the ordinary. I am encouraged though. Their urgency seems to match that of us the fans.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Well I did say they weren’t going to cut him lol.

    So this should guarantee Hiltons spot and maybe Allen depending on Suttons health.

  • RickM

    Joining a good D. I imagine the conditional pick will be playing time-based and it may be tough for him to get action. But there are always injuries. Good luck Ross.

  • MP

    Somebody’s earning their keep at the FO. Maybe their job is up for grabs if the Steelers don’t honor old man Rooney’s memory this year with a title.

  • Chris92021

    Good move. I am betting this is a 6th that could be a 5th contingent on playing time. Good luck to Ross in NY.

  • Gizmosteel

    Extra picks to move down for a top quality safety, ILB or even QB next year

  • Ken Krampert

    In reality, this is the first year in a while that we have had quality players that we had to possibly cut. It is a very good sign of our depth and nice to get something in return while freeing up space for either better players or ones with more future upside.

  • Sonny Saks

    More money cleared for TJ Ward?!

  • Christopher Battle

    *New Jersey*

  • Doogie

    very active compared to the usual

  • Chris92021

    Man I hope so!

  • Xclewsive

    I would like to thank Cockrell for his contributions. I won’t say he won’t be back in the Burgh similar to Will Gay. Gay left a villain and came back renewed.

  • CP72

    Kudos to Kevin Colbert. Got Cockrell for nothing. Was a two year of starter and then flipped him for a pick.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Good luck Ross!!!

  • CP72

    Kevin Colbert….riverboat gambler.

  • steelburg

    Colbert is willing and dealing. He is getting something for guys that are expected to be cut. I like it I like it a lot.

  • Dorian James

    I don’t understand this move the Giants need O Line though not secondary help, Kevin Colbert is getting his hustle ON!!!!

  • capehouse

    My first roster prediction bust. Thought for sure Cockrell was safe, but obviously he lost the competition to Sensabaugh and would’ve been cut if not traded first. Damn, he shut down AJ Green! Hope we stay healthy at CB this year. I didn’t think $1.7 mil was a lot of money to secure quality vet depth.

  • Jaybird

    Colbert just got a contract renewal.

  • Ken

    It’s clear that the coaching staff has finally caught on to the wisdom here at Steeler Depot and its followers. Hi coach! Thanks for reading.

  • pcantidote

    For being a guy that was cut by Buffalo, RC gave us 2 solid years. Thanks and good luck!

  • george

    He signed with Miami.

  • Michael

    If Cockrell shut down A.J. Green, how did Ross sink this low this fast? And in training camp with fresh body.

  • Chad Weiss

    That was tj McDonald in miami

  • Robert E Lil

    He’s replacing Antwon Blake!
    My goodness- tells you something about the Giants secondary.
    I’m so happy with the past 2 or 3 days. Now let’s get this season started.

  • Matt Manzo

    All kinds of crazy moves!

  • michael young

    This has the feeling of a money dump with the chance at getting a 7th rounder based off playing time. We shall see!

  • Eric Whyuwannaknow

    Ross Cockrell was better in zone vs man coverage. Playing off a WR by 10-12 yds gave him a chance as well as his height vs guys like AJ Green. Man coverage, well the exhibition games this year exposed him greatly. Good luck to him though, no hard feelings toward him.

  • michael young

    Who’s Antwon…….I think you mean Valentino. Ridiculous.

  • michael young

    Agreed. Seems like a really good dude from all accounts.

  • Robert E Lil

    Ha ha ha. Yes! Thank you

  • NimbusHex

    Good luck Ross! Thanks for your 2 seasons of solid service.

  • Chad Weiss

    You are probably right but even a seventh is better than straight up cutting him.

  • Lee Foo Young

    More $$ for Tuitt? I hope so.

  • Joseph Shaw

    Good for him. Good for us.

    No snark. Fit our situation and gives him a shot. Best of luck to him.

  • Chad Weiss

    Nobody was willing to give up a pick for Haden and yet Steelers are able to get trade value out of Cokrell lol

  • Robert E Lil

    Excellent point

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Wow! TOtally out of character for the Steelers. But what the hey, might as well try to win the next Super Bowl or two. Tons of second guessing, but the Rooneys and Colbert have earned my unending support. Most should concur.

  • michael young

    Agreed. The potential for a late round pick AND getting rid of his salary all for a player that we were most likely (if not guaranteed) to cut, is a win-win.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Owa Odigizuwa got cut by the Giants. Looked like a strong sob but I wonder if his hips are ok. I would bring him in for a look

  • Rob S.

    Haden was also owed something like 11 million dollars this year

  • Milton Farfara

    Can’t say I was shocked to see RC traded. Kudos to the FO for getting something back for a castor that held the right side above water for 2 years but the writing was on the wall with his inability to play man. Since we didn’t sign Ward, how about Colbert keeps on rollin’ and find us some other solid safety insurance and hell why not add a real solid backup for Shazier’s inevitable 3-6 games worth of injury? Since we’re going for broke anyways

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  • dany

    Solid dude, but this team needs elite right now, or at least that’s what the team’s moves since the draft have shown. 1 year window, maybe 2

  • barry foster

    I wonder do the Giants play man to man a lot.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Nice to be able to pick up something for a guy they signed as an UDFA!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Heady player! I really liked Ross, but at this stage you have to progress, not regress. Glad we got something out of it and Peace, Ross!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Cockrell was cheap, Haden wasn’t.

  • Rotten Sircus

    What does conditional mean ??? I hope we got at least a 4th round pick for Ross !!!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I agree! Also has to create some turnovers for himself, jump a few routes. I just thought he regressed.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Something tells me that we may be a lil aggressive (or at least I hope so) in this draft.

  • Talyn Scarbrough

    I have a strong feeling we are getting our heir apparent to Big Ben this year. Might be Landrys last season as a Steeler.

  • AndreH

    I would have cut Gay and kept Cockrell who’s cap number is much lower. To me Gay is more of a liability in coverage. You traded Sammie Coates to a division rival, LS Colin Holba,6th round draft pick beat out by a street free agent. I guess the Steelers are pinching pennies…trying to free up money for one more free agent signing.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Probably. I hope we trade up! Waiting on QBs after a certain point is a waste, IMO.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Ross was 1/2 of the Steelers bracket coverage on Green. Dude didn’t lock up Green alone.

  • T3xassteelers

    When do we find out what the conditional pick is?

  • Michel Smiffi

    What does conditional draft pick mean?

  • T3xassteelers

    And an extra pick πŸ˜‰

  • StraubStark

    I like most of the moves they’ve made, a few I’m not 100% behind, but man do I love the aggressive approach by Colbert this year. We’ll see how it turns out.

  • Ross McCorkle

    Probs 7 rd, conditional 6th.

  • Mike Lloyd

    It means the pick could be lower or higher based on playing time -any consideration the team’s agreed too.

  • LucasY59

    after the season, probably a certain # of snaps he has to play

    similar to the trade the Steelers made for Boykin (he had to play something like 50% of the snaps to get the eagles a 3rd rd pick, but since he never played it was a 4th IIRC)

  • LucasY59

    I think that is the best we will get, the RFA tender was for a 4th, and no one tried to sign him away, so his value isnt higher than that

    I am guessing that the conditions are that he starts for the majority of the season for the Giants and the Steelers get a 4th, if he doesnt start they get a 5th? (could be even later 5th/6th)

    hopefully the conditions are announced so it will be easier to guess/see what the Steelers are getting out of the trade

  • Mike Lloyd

    I’ll tell you, I have that pit in my stomach because Colbert is loading up on picks in an upcoming draft rich in QBs when we have a QB who is 35, and is making decisions to play on a year to year basis…
    I’ll be shocked if the Steelers don’t take a QB in the 1st- trading up to do so…

  • Michael Conrad

    Next year is an unreal year for QB’s the top 8 have real starter potential. Four or five could be picked in the first round.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    It has to be the year to get one early. Hope we get the cream of the crop.

  • LucasY59

    I like that they are getting something back for a player that probably wasnt going to play much this yr (so he mightve been a cap cut if they didnt find a trade partner)

    I dont see Ross playing a whole lot in NY either, they have 3 CBs better than him…Jenkins, Apple, DRC, so Im not that confident he gets the snaps to earn the earlier conditional pick

    my guess is that the conditions are 5th/6th with something like a 51% snapcount, so again the Steelers close to 2mil off the cap by dropping the RFA Tender and get a pick out of it as well, pretty good deal IMO

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  • Delboka

    Is Ward making his way to PITT?

  • T R

    should find out when its final… its was say sometihing like 6th or 7th depending on playing time

  • Conserv_58

    Good job Kevin. Two draft picks for players that just weren’t good enough. Even if they get a fifth round pick for Cockrell that’s far better than outright cutting him and then get nothing. Sammy to the browns. Didn’t see that one coming, but the browns do have a plethora of draft picks too.

  • SteelerSurfer

    These 6th and 7th picks will not get them moved up in any high round.

  • SteelerSurfer

    Not sure why they had to trade the #19 rated CB by PFF. What is wrong with having depth? It’s not like they saved a bunch on the salary cap.

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah, but usually we hear of it’s a conditional 6th round pick but can become a 5th if he does blah blah!

  • Mike Lloyd

    No-but it allows them to deal 2nd and 3rd rounders-and still grab guys for depth late in the draft

  • Edjhjr

    I don’t remember when they had this much activity in the modern FA era

  • Big White

    From starter to completely traded away after developing him from the scrap pile. umk

  • SteelerSurfer

    Like a LS. LOL

  • SteelerSurfer

    Still, 2nd and 3rd rounders do not move a team drafting late first into the early part of the draft. But i get what your saying.

  • Mister Wirez

    I don’t ever remember it like this. EVER.

  • Mike Lloyd

    If you look at the trade charts a 1, 2, and 3 and 4 will allow you to move up to around 15-16. That’s if they are at 32. (which we all hope) If they want higher-they need to part with the following years ‘ 1

  • Grant Humphrey

    Good luck Ross!

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  • Brenton deed

    Isn’t it great. I don’t want them to turn into one of these sides that goes nuts thinking they can buy a SB by overspending and mortgaging future salary caps. At best a team that does that wins one SB and then are crisp for 10years. Washington used to do that (Haynesworth springs to mind) and it all went pear shaped and yet they’re still crap.

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  • Steve Johnson

    I don’t know if these moves are the right ones they should have made or not. But, I concur, the Steelers did something! If it doesn’t work out, I just hope they move on. I still think they need better and healthier CB’s, but Thank Goodness they are not going into 2017 with the exact same personnel they had the previous two years.

  • Carl Mendelius

    Finally the FO is learning something about CBs, now can we get rid of Mitchell? He just keeps putting teammates in danger and cover nobody.

  • Eric Whyuwannaknow

    Only if he’s stopping over for a connecting flight to Tampa. He’s gonna sign with the Buccaneers.

  • Eric Whyuwannaknow

    Or you could look at it as since Cockrell was bad in the man scheme, try and get someone in that can play in that scheme and pay the same money or even less…hopefully less.

  • SteelerSurfer

    How much man will they play? If our pass rush is effective I still see a lot of zone.

  • Eric Whyuwannaknow

    Well that’s just it…I mean you just don’t go purging your secondary like the Steelers have without the intention on playing man. It seems they are committed to at least trying to do that. I would say man will be played as long as the pass rush is effective and if not then I agree with you, more zone will be played and that is kind of a gamble gone bad due to what has taken place over the last few days with trying to retool the secondary. I just think like in any season, the Steelers defense starts out slow and then comes on by mid-season, hopefully sooner…well at least that is my hope.