Veteran cornerback Gay to visit Steelers
By Mark Kaboly
Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013, 6:57 p.m.
Former Steelers cornerback William Gay will visit the Steelers this week, agent Jerrold Colton said Sunday.
According to Colton, the Steelers are among a handful of teams that have shown interest in Gay.
“There has been a lot of interest in him since his release, but the Steelers are very special to him,” Colton said. “He loves the organization, the coaches, the players, the city and Steelers Nation.”
Gay created a stir on Twitter when he said: “I am glad I didn't sell my condo in Pittsburgh yet” just two days after Arizona released him in a salary cap move. In his Twitter profile, he also called himself a “cornerback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.” A week ago, it said “cornerback of the Arizona Cardinals.”
The Steelers hosted receiver Steve Breaston last week. Gay could be a target for the Steelers even if they still need to create more room under the salary cap by March 12.
Gay signed a two-year deal a year ago and started 15 games in 2012. Incentives would have pushed his salary from $1.475 million to around $3.2 million this year had he remained with the Cardinals. He was also due a $250,000 roster bonus this spring.
Gay started 15 games in his final season with the Steelers. He played on the outside in the base defense that year and moved to the inside during the nickel package.
The Steelers could be interested in Gay because Keenan Lewis is an unrestricted free agent and could be lost to another team, thus leaving the Steelers thin at corner.
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