According to published reports, cornerback William Gay could be returning to the Steelers.
That noise you just heard was the sound of thousands of Steelers fans fainting in unison. Anyone who watched Gay play while he was with the Steelers will understand why his return would elicit that response from fans.
Gay is scheduled to be at the Steelers training facility today, and he tweeted that he’s rejoining the Steelers. First he changed his Twitter account information to say “Cornerback of the Pittsburgh Steelers”. Then when asked on Twitter by Steelers’ safety Ryan Mundy if he was returning to the team, Gay replied “Yea.” He also wrote, “I’m glad I didn’t sell my condo in Pittsburgh.”
Gay would give the Steelers a veteran presence in the backfield. This is particularly important because it looks like Keenan Lewis may leave via free agency. If that happens, the Steelers don’t have much depth at the position.
The concern that I have over a possible return by William Gay is that he was arguably the most hated member of the team when he left. Gay’s career was schizophrenic. Fans were never sure if Gay was going to make a great play, or if he was going to get burned for a touchdown. But getting burned for touchdowns seemed to happen far more frequently.
Gay spent 5 years with the Steelers before leaving in 2012 to join Ken Whisenhunt and the rest of the Steelers’ castoffs with the Arizona Cardinals. But after one season in Arizona, it looks like Gay will be returning to the Steelers.
So what do you fans think? Is Gay’s return a good thing or a bad thing? I’d love to hear your opinions.