Wide receiver Cotchery, Steelers work out new two-year deal
The Steelers agreed to a two-year contract with Jerricho Cotchery on Wednesday, adding depth and experience to the team`s receiving corps.
Cotchery had visited the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs this offseason but stayed true to his desire to play for the Steelers.
'Let me see ya towels!!! Thx to all!!! Happy to be back!!!' Cotchery wrote on his Twitter account.
Steelers free safety Ryan Clark congratulated his teammate, tweeting, 'Welcome home brother!'
Terms of the deal were not known.
Cotchery gives the Steelers a solid and seasoned No. 4 receiver behind Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder also provides insurance should the foot problems that hobbled Sanders last season persist or if Wallace signs elsewhere.
Wallace is a restricted free agent, but the Pro Bowler is almost sure to return to the Steelers for at least the 2012 season. Teams have until April 20 to sign Wallace to a contract, one the Steelers have a right to match.
Cotchery signed with the Steelers in August and overcame back and hamstring problems to catch 16 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns. His role in the passing game increased as the season progressed and the Steelers phased out all-time leading receiver Hines Ward in favor of Cotchery.
Cotchery caught the only touchdown pass quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw in a 29-23 loss at Denver in an AFC Wild Card playoff game in January. Cotchery, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with the New York Jets, turns 30 in June.
He is the second free agent the Steelers have signed in as many days. The team agreed to a one-year deal with tight end Leonard Pope on Tuesday.
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