Capsule Profile of Jerricho Cotchery with the Steelers
Plaxico Burress was the headline wide receiver associated with the Steelers when the 2011 NFL Lockout ended. Burress did indeed dine with Mike Tomlin in Latrobe, but ultimately signed with the New York Jets.
- Burress’ arrival in New York displaced Cotchery who landed in Pittsburgh.
- But it was 2013 that Cotchery really found his niche.
The Case for Keeping Cotchery
The case for keeping Cotchery is apparent. He adds a veteran presence to a young secondary and has a knack for getting open at the right place in the right time. And while he will be 32 by season’s start, he’s shown no sign of slowing down.
The Case for Letting Cotchery Walk
There are grumblings that the Steelers will draft a tall wide receiver in the first or second round of the NFL draft. That combined with the projected emergence of Markus Wheaton and Derek Moye and Cotchery could get caught up into a numbers game as even at a bargain basement contract, Cotcherey could end up costing the Steelers more than those three younger players together.
Curtain’s Call on Cotchery
Cotchery’s case will be an interesting one. Jerricho Cotchery has been on record saying he wants to stay a Steeler. There’s every reason for the Steelers to want to bring him back.
Emmanuel Sanders is almost certainly gone. Markus Wheaton is unproven, as is Derek Moye. While Antonio Brown will remain the team’s number one receiver, he needs a viable number two playing opposite him. The Steelers want that person to be Wheaton. But if Wheaton is not ready, then they’ll need a veteran.
- The Steelers want Cotchery back and Cotchery wants to be a Steeler. When that happens a deal is usually only a formality.