Apparently, Kevin Colbert woke up from his nap.
After being completely silent for most of free agency, the Steelers made two signings in two days. Yesterday they signed free agent tight end Leonard Pope, and today they inked a deal with their own free agent wide receiver, Jericho Cotchery.
The new deal will keep Cotchery with the Steelers for two more years. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Depending on whether Mike Wallace remains with the Steelers, and whether Emmanuel Sanders can remain healthy, Cotchery could be anywhere from the #2 receiver to the #4 receiver next year.
After Hines Ward was benched during the 2011 season, Cotchery became the Steelers’ #4 receiver. However, if another team signs Mike Wallace to the mammoth free agent contract that he’s been seeking, Cotchery could move up in the pecking order. And if Emmanuel Sanders continues to have foot problems, Cotchery could rise even more.
But regardless of where Cotchery ends up on the depth charts, his return is sure to make Ben Roethlisberger happy. Big Ben started to develop nice chemistry with Cotchery late in the season. So he’s certainly going to be happy to have his most seasoned wide receiver back in the fold.
The Leonard Pope and Jericho Cotchery signings were both good moves by the Steelers. Now if they’d only sign Mike Wallace to a long-term deal…….